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Report: AMD to Replace FM1 with FM2, AM3 with AM3+ in 2014

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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.

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    sykozis , April 9, 2013 9:11 AM
    FM1 was already replaced by FM2.....and AM3 was already replaced by AM3+..... How is this news "new" when it already happened?
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    rolli59 , April 9, 2013 8:21 AM
    Eventually all sockets die, really does not make financial sense selling older products competing with the new.
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    digitalrazoe , April 9, 2013 8:31 AM
    I will commend AMD for staying true to their socket design all these years.. It has made upgrades a breeze! However some change is good change ( as long as they don't change like intel has consistently over the past years.) a new socket design will allow more aggressive design and bring AMD up from the ashes.. ( wouldn't mind seeing a socket 1207 high end ...
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    rolli59 , April 9, 2013 8:21 AM
    Eventually all sockets die, really does not make financial sense selling older products competing with the new.
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    digitalrazoe , April 9, 2013 8:31 AM
    I will commend AMD for staying true to their socket design all these years.. It has made upgrades a breeze! However some change is good change ( as long as they don't change like intel has consistently over the past years.) a new socket design will allow more aggressive design and bring AMD up from the ashes.. ( wouldn't mind seeing a socket 1207 high end ...
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    horaciopz , April 9, 2013 8:31 AM
    Bravo to AMD, how long they kept am3? I started with a ASRock Mobo am2+/am3, I used the same mobo with 3 processors, an athlon ii x2, phenom ii x4 and phenom x6.... And i think that mobo had the possibility of running FX processor with a bios flash... When I switched to intel i knew that i wasnt going to have the same path of upgradability as i had with AMD... Am3 was the 775 of amd...
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    Wisecracker , April 9, 2013 9:00 AM

    There are rumors of an FM3/DDR4, with the next-gen Kaveri APU having a DDR3/DDR4 UNB.

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    TheBigTroll , April 9, 2013 9:01 AM
    highly doubt they would replace fm2. customers would be steamed when amd promised to keep it.

    doubt they would replace amd3+ next year as well. asus at CES announced a pci-e 3 990fx sabertooth board. and it would be at least 2014 before AMD launches steamroller
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    sykozis , April 9, 2013 9:11 AM
    FM1 was already replaced by FM2.....and AM3 was already replaced by AM3+..... How is this news "new" when it already happened?
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    Wisecracker , April 9, 2013 9:15 AM

    I suspect this would be the official declaration of *EOL*
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    ekho , April 9, 2013 9:22 AM
    I was expecting something newer than these Sockets. :-/
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    hero1 , April 9, 2013 9:35 AM
    Hello.. AMD.. time to move out of this marketing practice and make money. Phase them out completely and from here on no socket should last for more than 2 years. You made a good progress with Vishera so now make better progress with the successor and compete with Intel. No need to have old CPU competing with new ones simply because they ran on the same socket. Stop losing money by making better business and marketing decisions.
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    hero1 , April 9, 2013 9:37 AM
    sykozisFM1 was already replaced by FM2.....and AM3 was already replaced by AM3+..... How is this news "new" when it already happened?


    It's news because now it's official that AMD will phase those older sockets out. Better for them imo. Time to limit the life of sockets to 2 years max and keep on improving their CPUs to compete with Intel instead of losing money to their own cheap, used to be good CPUs that still suck power like no one's business.
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    raptorkill , April 9, 2013 10:12 AM
    I agree with sykozis, they aren't replacing them as much as they are phasing them out. I for one have been waiting on a Motherboard with Pcie 3.0, hope they bring one out soon!
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    SteelCity1981 , April 9, 2013 11:23 AM
    Steamroller with a revised am3+ motherboard that natively supports pci-e 3.0 is on my list!
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    TheBigTroll , April 9, 2013 11:27 AM
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    Steamroller with a revised am3+ motherboard that natively supports pci-e 3.0 is on my list!


    therefore you end up throwing away your am3 board
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    Stimpack , April 9, 2013 11:28 AM
    Well, that's good news for me and many others.
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    twelve25 , April 9, 2013 11:45 AM
    Uh, didn't this happen a while ago?
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    mafisometal , April 9, 2013 11:58 AM
    StimpackWell, that's good news for me and many others.


    not necessarily, because pci-e 3.0 doesn't really have a big noticeable improvement worth upgrading a motherboard. so far pci-e 3.0 hasn't really given me any reason to upgrade. The performance difference is like 3-5fps on most games, and while running crossfireX i don't see any improvement at all. Unless games utilize the string for 3.0 which none have, it's pretty much pointless.
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    SteelCity1981 , April 9, 2013 1:42 PM
    TheBigTrolltherefore you end up throwing away your am3 board


    it would be nice if you knew your facts first. I don't own an am3 board I still have an am2+ board with a amd phenom II processor.
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    TheBigTroll , April 9, 2013 3:00 PM
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    TheBigTrolltherefore you end up throwing away your am3 board


    it would be nice if you knew your facts first. I don't own an am3 board I still have an am2+ board with a amd phenom II processor.


    yep. you still have to get a new board for the newer chips. ddr2 is limited by the fact that its basically discontinued and the fact that they dont make high density modules. and the odds of a maunfacturer putting out a update for steamroller on a board that was originally designed for athlon 64 x2 is almost zero
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    belardo , April 9, 2013 6:01 PM
    Having two constant desktop sockets is STUPID. This is another reason to go intel. Neither of these currents Chipsets support PCIexpress 3.0. AM3 should be phased out now. Oddly, current FM2 boards use the same chipset as FM1 boards and are not pin compatible with each other.

    AMD is doing stupid things.
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    alextheblue , April 9, 2013 6:11 PM
    horaciopzAm3 was the 775 of amd...
    AM3 is/was much better than 775. Take a system originally equipped with a Socket 775 Pentium 4 and try upgrading to a Socket 775 Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. With AM3 99% of the time you can flash the BIOS and run the latest AM3+ chips. With early Socket 775 systems 99% of the time you're f'd.

    In other words, you have to look beyond how many years a Socket has been in service, and look at whether or not it actually supports chips released later.
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