AMD's AM4 X370 chipset will reportedly have dual PCIe 3.0 16x lanes
Published: 28th September 2016 | Source: Guru of 3D |
AMD's AM4 370X chipset will reportedly have dual PCIe 3.0 16x lanes
AMD's Zen CPUs are rumoured to be coming in February 2017 with AMD's high-end AM4 X370 chipset. The new AM4 chipset will host AMD's future CPUs on both the low and high-end of their CPU lineup, replacing both AM3+ and FM2+.
The AM4 socket has already been released to OEMs alongside AMD's 7th generation of Excavator powered APUs, which are expected to arrive in the DIY system building market later this year.
AMD's Excavator/Bristol Ridge APUs sports some significant power reductions and large increases in GPU clock speed when compared to their older Kaveri counterparts. AMD's new AM4 motherboard platform will also bring DDR4 memory support, which will give these APUs some additional memory bandwidth for gaming as well as decreased power consumption.
AMD's upcoming flagship AM4 X370 chipset will reportedly have dual PCIe 3.0 16x lanes, fully supporting crossfire and SLI. The X370 chipset will also contain full overclocking support for both AMD's Zen based CPUs and Bristol Ridge APUs.
AMD's AM4 socket will feature some significant upgrades when compared to AMD's older sockets, adding PCIe 3.0 support to the socket, DDR4 memory compatibility, USB 3.1 support and full NVMe storage support.
When compared to AMD's older AM3+ socket AM4 will also feature a 70% reduction in power consumption, which will allow system integrators and DIY system builders to create much more efficient systems and reduce the thermal output of motherboards.
AMD has stated that their new 7th generation APUs on their AM4 platform provides the largest amount of memory bandwidth on any AMD powered desktop platform to date and provides significant performance improvements over their older APU designs.
On the CPU side compared to their older Steamroller/Godavari A10-8850 their new A12-9800 scores significantly higher in Cinebench, with AMD's data showing around 20% performance improvements for their A12-9800. This is a huge gain given the fact that the A12-9800 has a lower TDP of 65W compared to the A10-8850's 95W TDP.
This new AM4 series of motherboards is a unified platform, allowing both AMD's 7th generation APUs and upcoming Zen-powered Summit Ridge CPUs to use the same platform, simplifying development for both system integrators and motherboard manufacturers.
AMD's AM4 platform will feature support for DDR4 memory, PCIe 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2 and support for NVMe and SATA Express storage devices. AMD's Excavator powered AM4 APUs will also feature full DirectX 12 support and 4K media playback with H.265 encode/decode capabilities.