AMD has just released their 5000 series using the AM4 Socket. While it has been great to have a socket that has lasted this long. I think it is time we start looking towards the future and the next generation of socket the AM5. Now the 5900X is a strong CPU, one that will last you for years to come. This is not to take away from the 5000 series or the AM4 socket. But AM5 should bring about other changes such as DDR5, PCIe gen 5.0, and Zen 4. Which is something to look forward to.
So far we know absolutely nothing about the AM5 socket, other than a little leak here and there. AMD has not confirmed anything in regards to release a new socket for their CPUs. Gamers Nexus did receive a Roadmap indicating that the AM5 socket could be coming in as early as 2022. But all this information shouldn’t be used as fact but more of an idea of what is to come.
The roadmap we received, which we are unable to share as it is likely marked to find leakers, indicates that 2022 is the year that AMD is intending to get DDR5 into its premium desktop lineup. The 2022 platform will retain PCIe4 and will likely be a Zen4 product, also intended to feature native USB4 support. The APUs for that year also presently have DDR5 on the roadmap and are listed as Zen3+ parts. The mobile roadmap has DDR5 LP5 on-board for 2022 in the premium and gaming lines.GamersNexus
If I was going to give my best guess we could see this announcement in late 2021, and an unveiling at CES 22. If not then we could be looking at another year. Which really depends on the amount of set backs that 2020 caused.
Looking to the future
Now AM5 is just a socket type but with its development, it should usher in a wave of new technologies supported by AM5. Most notably it is going to be DDR5. SK Hynix has already been working on DDR5. Their goal is to increase 50% bandwidth per DIMM. Scaling the memory up to 8400 Mhz with up to 64 GB capacities. Which is twice as much as DDR4 models. DDR5 really only needs mass adaptation to be supported.
With the AM5 socket, we should also expect to see support for USB 4. Which is going to increase the transfer rate similar to that of Thunderbolt 3. USB 4 will have up to 40 Gbps bandwidth. It will compatible with thunderbolt and will be using a USB type c connection.
Zen 4 should be making its introduction with the new AM5 socket. But little is know about this other than it will be a 5nm process node. Zen 4 up until now is going to be shrouded in mystery. But that is not to say they aren’t currently developing it.
PCIe 5.0 might become the new standard. While PCIe 4.0 has only been recently used we should expect to see a quick transfer over or the two standards might co-exist in the market. PCIe 4.0 lagged to reach the market so depending on what intel and AMD do, will see how quickly we move to 5.0.
Hopefully AMD redesign the lock on their next generation of stock coolers. My heart can only handle so much when removing one.
Should you wait for AM5
There is always going to be something better coming around the corner. From a faster CPU to the latest in Graphics. Unless the release of a new product is literally next month and you are ready for the upgrade then generally there is no point in waiting.
Currently, we have the AMD 5900X using the current AM4 Socket. This is probably going to be the highest-end CPU using this socket. But the AMD 5900X packs a punch that is going to last for years to come and should be more than powerful enough to cover anything you might be throw at it. Keep in mind the majority of users are going to be keeping their CPU for like 5 years.
Also, it is worth noting that AM5 is most likely going to be able to handle DDR5 and USB 4.0 meaning that the cost of all your other components is likely going to rise. So waiting for AM5 is only going to waste time and cost more money in the long run.