Amd socket compatibility. In may 2006 amd introduced processors that use a new socket called socket am2 see figure below. This is good news for pc gamers. Amd recently committed to the am4 socket until 2020 and the ryzen 4000 series was left in a bit of a state of flux. Ryzen 7 1700 ryzen 7 1700x ryzen 7 1800x.
Of course it is this socket was specially designed for this series. With processor direct sata and usb connectivity configurable for real world flexibility the am4 platform takes advantage of the leading edge features of today and tomorrow. Amd tr4 amd ryzen threadripper series chipset x399 every threadripper series processor is fully compatible with this socket. Xmg has now confirmed that ryzen 4000 desktop processors will support am4.
Amds b550 chipset enables pcie 40 compatibility for nvme storage and graphics on mainstream motherboards giving you confidence that your system wont go obsolete before its time. Am2 was the first replacement for the confusing array of socket 754 socket 939 and socket 940. All motherboards with amds 500 series chipsets are built to support todays advanced 3rd gen ryzen processors based on the zen 2 architecture but thats not all. Amd ryzen 4000 zen 3 desktop cpus compatible with am4 socket but only on x570 b550 motherboards amd has so far offered inter compatibility with all ryzen cpus on its am4 socket with existing.
Amd cpu socket am4 launched in 2017 socket am4 motherboards are compatible with the following amd cpus. The latest socket for desktop amd cpus socket am2 supports faster hypertransport link up to 26 ghz and offers separate power planes for the cpu core and integrated memory controller. The ryzen cpus were not confirmed for certain features like support for older or newer socket types.