AMD may release its AM4 platform in March 2016
AMD has been badly lacking performance in the CPU department for a really long time but things may change in year 2016 when the US company plans to release its new Zen architecture and a number of processors based on it. In addition to the current bad picture competitor Intel sports support for DDR4 memory on all its current Skylake processors while AMD is still stuck with the somewhat old DDR3 memory technology.
Well, there’s a new rumor online now, which claims we may get AMD’s next-gen technology sooner than expected. According to the rumor, which hasn’t been confirmed by AMD, in March 2016 the US chipmaker may launch its new AM4 platform that will house the upcoming Zen chips as well as a new generation of APUs called Bristol Ridge. While the new APUs will not be based on Zen, they will bring support for DDR4 and perhaps improved performance, which will make AMD even with Intel, at least in the memory department.
AM4 was previously expected in Q4 2016, just like the upcoming Zen chips, and given that this is a rumor after all, we should not take it too seriously but it would be nice if we can get new AMD technology in just 3 months time. AM4 is also expected to last a long time and if Bristol Ridge and Zen can provide a ton of performance AMD fans may have their hands on new and shiny AMD-based PCs very soon. Speaking of this, if AM4 gets launched in March, we will get just Bristol Ridge APUs – Zen is still scheduled for Q4 2016.