Don't expect AMD to reveal 600-series motherboards alongside Zen 3

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Don't expect AMD to reveal 600-series motherboards alongside Zen 3

Don't expect AMD to reveal 600-series motherboards alongside Zen 3

AMD's due to reveal its Ryzen 5000 series of Zen 3 processors later today (Watch the Reveal Livestream here), and PC builders shouldn't expect AMD to reveal a new 600-series AM4 chipset alongside it. 

AMD's Zen 3 architecture is due to be the last architecture to utilise the company's AM4 socket. Without any major feature upgrades to implement, AMD doesn't feel the need to create 600 series motherboards. Why create a new socket for a so-called "dead-end socket". 

Perhaps "dead end" is a little overdramatic when it comes to AM4. What we mean by "dead-end" is that AMD is not expected to utilise their AM4 socket for future processors. Zen 4 will likely utilise a new socket design, a change which will likely coincide with a shift to DDR5 memory.  

With AMD's B550 and X570 chipsets already supporting PCIe 4.0, there is little for AMD to add to a hypothetical X670 and B650 chipset design. Motherboard manufacturers can add newer technologies like Wi-Fi 6, 2.5Gb (or 10Gb) Ethernet and other I/O features without a new chipset. As such, there is little need for AMD to develop a new chipset for their Ryzen 5000 series, especially given the fact that Zen 3 support is coming to existing 400-series and 500-series motherboards through BIOS updates. 

With their Ryzen Threadripper 2nd Generation processors, AMD didn't replace their X399 chipset with a newer X499 variant. AMD allowed their motherboard manufacturers to release updated X399 designs to cater to the needs of 2nd Generation Threadripper. With 3rd Generation Threadripper, AMD moves to their TRX40 platform, with older X399 motherboards lacking support for 3rd Generation Threadripper processors.

ASUS has already revealed new Zen 3 ready 500-series motherboards, suggesting that AMD has no plans to release a 600-series chipset. Like their X399 platform, AMD isn't releasing a new chipset with their last AM4 series of processors. Right now, AMD doesn't appear to be releasing new chipsets unless they have at least one generation of potential upgrades. With the launch of 500-series chipsets, AMD users knew that they could eventually upgrade to Zen 3 processors. The same wouldn't be true for a hypothetical 600-series chipset, as AMD is considering a move to a new socket with Zen 4. 

Don't expect AMD to reveal 600-series motherboards alongside Zen 3

AMD's Zen 3 processors are due to be supported by X470, B450, X570 and B550 motherboards. Users of older motherboards will need to upgrade their BIOS to ensure that their motherboards support Zen 3 processors. 

You can join the discussion on AMD keeping its 500-series chipsets for Zen 3 on the OC3D Forums.   

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