AMD asserts that the AM5 platform is more future-proof.
AMD compares its latest AM5 platform to Intel’s LGA1700 platform in terms of cost, longevity, and value in a new blog post (opens in a new tab). However, the Red Team did not pass up the opportunity to criticize its competition, stating that Intel platforms are limited to one or two processor generations.
The motherboard is one of the most expensive system components. Therefore, it makes sense that consumers want to maximize their investment. AMD has demonstrated with AM4 that a single socket is more than adequate to provide generation-over-generation performance improvements. The chipmaker introduced AM4 in 2016, and the platform has since supported multiple generations of Ryzen processors. AMD demonstrated how a consumer who purchased a Ryzen 3 1300 in 2017 could seamlessly upgrade to a Ryzen 7 5800X3D, one of the best CPUs, in 2022.
“In contrast, the competition makes no promises regarding future upgrade support for their most recent LGA 1700 platform. “Intel has consistently limited platforms to one or two processors, so users who purchase a 12th or 13th Gen Intel Core platform will likely need to purchase an entirely new motherboard if they wish to upgrade to a 14th Gen processor or later,” AMD wrote in a blog post.
Nevertheless, future support is distinct from performance. AMD cannot guarantee that it will be in the lead or more cost-competitive in the future because the future is uncertain. If the next generation of Ryzen processors is slower than the competition, backward compatibility may not be as important. Nonetheless, it is a feature that Ryzen owners will appreciate, as it allows them to upgrade to a newer chip with superior performance. Notably, AM4 lacked connectivity compared to Alder Lake, and its power delivery limitations prevented it from pushing chips faster. So this is a limitation, and the AM5 platform may have additional limitations in the future.
AMD is unquestionably more committed to offering future processor support on its platforms from a longevity standpoint. The LGA775 was one of Intel’s longest-lasting platforms, with a seven-year lifespan, if we turn back the hands of time. It has been some time since an Intel platform supported more than two processor generations. Similarly, the LGA1151 platform was the final to house Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Coffee Lake Refresh, processors. Despite Intel’s retention of the LGA1151 socket, consumers were still required to change motherboards. Additionally, there were unofficial workarounds to make older processors compatible with more recent motherboards. Intel disapproved of this counterfeit firmware.
The LGA1700 platform is currently compatible with Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors. It is highly unlikely that it will support Intel’s upcoming 7nm Meteor Lake processors, which will be released in 2023. There are already leaked images of the LGA1800 socket, which shares the same dimensions as the LGA1700 socket. In the meantime, AMD has confirmed that AM5 will have a lifespan comparable to AM4, so owners of AMD 600-series motherboards can rest assured that they will not have to pay more for AMD’s next-generation Ryzen components.
“We are extremely pleased with AM4’s development. When we began in 2017, we pledged to keep that socket for a long time, which we have done. We continue to believe it has been beneficial to the community. It has also been beneficial for us, as we bring things along. It was time to implement a socket transition for the new I/O and new technology, but I believe the strategy should remain the same. I do not have an exact number of years, but you should anticipate AM5 to be a long-lived platform, just as AM4 has been and will continue to be. AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su stated in a virtual press conference at CES 2022, “We expect AM4 to remain on the market for several years and have an overlapping type of thing.”
AMD also contends that its “reasonably priced” B650E chipset offers more advantages than Intel’s premium Z790 chipset. AMD B650E motherboards promise total bandwidth for PCIe 5.0 graphics cards and storage devices installed on the same motherboard, based on the raw bandwidth. When a PCIe 5.0 SSD is installed on an Intel Z790 motherboard, the graphics card bandwidth is reduced by 50%. The primary expansion slot’s connection drops from x16 to x8. Modern high-performance graphics cards, such as the GeForce RTX 4090, are perfectly content with a PCIe 5.0 x8 interface, even though AMD exaggerates the significance of this restriction.
AMD B650E motherboards begin at 240 dollars. In contrast, the least expensive Intel Z790 motherboard costs $180. B650 motherboards, however, are typically available for as little as $150 for budget-conscious buyers.