AMD’s AM4 CPU socket was a long-lasting one. It was first introduced in 2016 and quickly became AMD’s socket of choice for its new Ryzen chips in 2017. It was also not refreshed until Ryzen 7000 came around in 2022, meaning that several generations of Ryzen chips were using the same exact socket. Not only that, but AMD has also committed to keeping it alive even after AM5 came around. The company has announced a range of new AM4 chips right as it has also announced new Ryzen 8000 APUs for desktop users.
First, after launching new Ryzen 8000-series CPUs on laptops, AMD has decided to extend the range to desktop PCs with new APUs. However, there’s not a lot to talk about here—Ryzen 8000 is one of the least exciting mid-gen refreshes AMD has done to date. Like its laptop counterparts, Ryzen 8000 APUs are still using the same Zen 4 architecture as Ryzen 7000, and the actual silicon inside these is not that different from older chips either, with the only major difference being the inclusion of a dedicated NPU.
One difference here is that AMD did not launch desktop APUs belonging to the Ryzen 7000 range, so if that’s something you were looking for, it’s here at long last. AMD’s APUs have integrated graphics compared to CPUs, and these chips come with up to a Radeon 780M inside them. If you’re not looking for integrated graphics, you might be better off with an older Ryzen 7000 or 7000X3D chip. The Ryzen 7 8700G, the most powerful chip out of the two, has 8 cores and 16 threads as well as 24MB of cache, a top boost clock speed of 5.1 GHz, and a $329 price point.
Meanwhile, what’s perhaps more interesting is the fact that AMD is keeping the AM4 chip alive with new Ryzen 5000-series chips. The company is launching the Ryzen 7 5700X3D, a slightly weaker version of the company’s excellent Ryzen 7 5800X3D launching with 100MB of cache. We also have the Ryzen 7 5700, a non-X version of the Ryzen 7 5700X, and the Ryzen 5 5600GT and 5500GT, two lower-powered APUs with six cores and 12 threads. All of these chips are based on the older Zen 3 architecture, which was the last one supported by AM4.
Still, the fact that AMD released a new socket in 2016 and is still releasing new chips using it in 2024, even after it’s considered “deprecated,” is pretty outstanding on its own. It should also give current AM5 users assurance that their motherboards will most probably be good for new chips for the next few years, compared to companies like Intel who tend to change sockets every couple of generations.
The new AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs and APUs will be available starting on January 31st, with prices ranging from $125 for the Ryzen 5 5500GT to $249 for the Ryzen 7 5700X3D. Ryzen 8000 APUs, on the other hand, will release on the same date and start at $179 for the Ryzen 5 8500G, with the Ryzen 7 8700G going up to $329—there’s an entry-level Ryzen 3 8300G with four cores and eight threads, but pricing for that one has not been disclosed just yet.