AM4 Motherboards Reportedly Targeting March Launch

By Published December 07, 2015 at 10:20 am

AMD’s AM4 platform sees the convergence of FM and AM# platforms, known to carry Carrizo APUs and the future’s Zen CPUs. German site Planet3DNow spoke to motherboard manufacturers about scheduling for AM4 motherboard launches and learned that March, 2016 is the earliest targeted availability. The site goes on to conclude an ahead-of-schedule Zen launch, though we believe it is almost certainly the case that Carrizo/Excavator moves to desktop at this time, with Zen CPUs remaining targeted to EOY 2016.

The AM4 platform will supplant AM3+ and FM2+. AM3 first shipped in 2009 and was refreshed to AM3+ in 2011, both are PGA (pin-grid array) sockets with pins on-chip. The AM3+ platform is ancient by the tech industry’s standards and natively supports neither USB3.x nor PCI-e 3.0. USB3.x support is only added through aftermarket controllers soldered to the board, as the chipset is only built for USB2.0 I/O.

Zen, the new CPU architecture, is rumored for preparedness to ship in 2H16. The architecture follows AMD’s FX line, consisting of the troubled Bulldozer launch, Steamroller, Piledriver, and Excavator. Excavator was intended as the last of the construction-themed micro-architectures.

With AM4 motherboards rumored, assuming Planet3DNow’s sources are good, for a March launch, we can expect a shift of Carrizo APUs to desktop as AMD ramps into Zen. 

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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