AMD released its first Ryzen processor five years ago, and the company is celebrating that by looking back on those successful years. AMD executives Robert Hallock and John Taylor sat down to discuss the whole architecture, and how the company managed to hit different milestones in the semiconductor world. AMD has also confirmed that its new AM5 platform will launch in 2022, and will support both PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory at launch.
Two minutes into the “AMD Ryzen Processors: 5 Years Later” video, the two individuals are taking a trip down the memory lane, recalling how the company unveiled “Ryzen” with a few demos of the shows at launch. Robert then goes on to talk about Ryzen’s new platform. “In 2022 Ryzen will have a new platform and some key ingredients are DDR5, PCI Express Gen 5, and cooler compatibility with existing AM4 coolers,” he says.
You can watch the AMD video below:
AMD shares the details of the AM5
While we already knew about DDR5, this is the first confirmation of PCIe 5 support. It’s good to finally know that AMD isn’t giving its I / O to the competition. Just to remember – AMD supported PCIe 4.0 from Zen 2 in 2019, while Intel only led support for PCIe 4.0 this year. With PCIe 5 doubling the available bandwidth, it would be interesting to see how much it will impact performance.
We also love how AMD has been addressing CPU cooler compatibility in video while announcing the new details. Hallock confirmed compatibility of cooler with existing AM4 cooler as one of the key ingredients of AM5. This means being able to bring your existing CPU coolers onto the new motherboard. There is no need to buy a new one or wait for the manufacturers to release the adapters.
With AMD confirming new details about AM5, things are becoming competitive in the PC space. Intel Alder Lake processors are expected to come down early next year followed by ‘Intel Arc’ GPUs. Then we get our hands dirty with all the new PCIe 5.0 stuff while we wait for AMD’s AM5 platform to land on our desktops, maybe in Q3, 2022.