Report: AMD to Replace FM1 with FM2, AM3 with AM3+ in 2014
AMD will be phasing out its FM1 and AM3 sockets in April 2013 with the aim of replacing the socket types by 2014.
DigiTimes has reported that,according to "sources from motherboard players," AMD will be gradually phasing out CPUs using FM1 and AM3 sockets in April and aims to step the socket types out of the market in Q2 (FM1) and Q3 (AM3) 2013.
Consequently, the company's 2014 lineup is expected to be based on the AM3+ socket for the high-end FX series and the FM2 socket for mainstream processors. The former socket supports AMD's HyperTransport 3.1, DDR3 memory clocked at up to 2,133 MHz and is currently featured on a number of processors including the octa-corre FX-8350 / 8320 and the hexa-core FX-6350 / 6300.
According to AMD's latest plans, the FX 8320, 6300 and 4300 will see price cuts of $14 to $20 in Q2 2013, and the FM2-based quad-core 5600K and 5500 will drop by $10.