AMD has shared details regarding future plans to standardise the type of sockets that its future CPUs and APUs will use. Basically, this means that all upcoming x86 processors by AMD will be using the new AM4 socket. This may help reduce the confusion that some consumers may have since, in the past, AMD used different types of sockets for its CPUs and APUs.
AMD FX processors currently use the AM3+ socket while AMD’s A-series and Kabini APUs use the FM2+ and AM1 sockets respectively. However, upcoming CPUs and APUs by AMD will uniformly run on the same socket type. This will enable consumers to choose different types of processors by AMD without having to change their motherboards.
According to rumours, motherboards that will support the AM4 socket will be made available in Q2 2016. According to AMD’s product manager, James Prior, the company is aiming to satisfy consumers by listening to their feedback. This strategy may have been the catalyst that resulted in the socket standardisation as well as the production of the recently announced Wraith CPU cooler and Radeon Software Crimson Edition.
There are plenty of products lined up for AMD fans this year and hopefully, with the introduction of new and improved products, AMD will be more competitive once again. Being competitive should be AMD’s main priorities this year since a particular “green” company is planning to release a GPU that is said to outmatch all in the current market.