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How long is AM3+ and FM2 gonna last?

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I'm thinking of upgrading a bit, starting with the motherboard. I'm more of a budget guy so I'm looking at AMD. I have a 4100 at the moment sitting in a crappy motherboard. So it would be nice to get a good AM3+ motherboard, then maybe an 8350, and get a 700 series card or something AMD, I don't understand AMD video cards...

Or I could go FM2 and get an A10, or A8 I don't know, and pair that with an AMD card for the hybrid crossfire, what ever it's called.

ANYWAY. AMD motherboards. Is there going to be a new socket by Christmas?
    
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AM3+ will last through steamroller, then they'll be moving onto AM4 (with ddr4 support), that said AM4 should be compatible with both ddr3 ram and AM3+ chips.

FM2 is done with Richland. The next APU will be kaveri, which will be on the FM2+ socket. That socket should be backward compatible with an FM2 chip, however the FM2+ chips won't be compatible with FM2 motherboards. FM2+ will likely be a 1 generation socket... AMD has announced plans to unify the FM and AM socket with AM4... so if they follow through, FM2+ will only be around for kaveri, all following APU chips should be on the AM4 socket.

In summery~
AM3+ has 1 more generation of life (Steamroller)
FM2 is done, with Richland being the last chip for it
FM2+ has 1 generation of planned life (Kaveri)

Both steamroller and kaveri will come out in Q4 of 2013 - Q1 2014.

The amd chips that follow Steamroller and Kaveri will be on the unified AM4 socket; which should start coming out no sooner then q4 2014, likely in q1 or q2 of 2015

so AM3+/FM2+ will likely be around till late 2014 early 2015.

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ANYWAY. AMD motherboards. Is there going to be a new socket by Christmas?
yep, FM2+
Edited by azanimefan - 7/11/13 at 1:22am
 
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Thanks man. I think I'll upgrade though. I don't really wanna go down the apu plus graphics route. While I slept I kind of made myself drool over an 8350. I think if I got an 8350, it's performance is gonna stay competitive for a few years, maybe even 5.

Just curious, do you have any references?

EDIT: I can't find a single good amd microatx motherboard. And I invested in my case lol. Don't think there will be a micro atx am3+ socket, 6gb/s ports, and maybe sli support? maybe usb3? in the next few monthes?
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I've just been shot down. I can't find any good m-atx am3+ motherboards, but there's pretty good fm2 ones, so idk what to do. I'f I went intel it would be doubling the cost of my system which isn't in my budget
    
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FM2+ is dead after this, but AM3+ until EX at least. However, new chipsets with SR going to 1090FX.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1389042/new-matx-am3-motherboard-ga-78lmt-usb3-rev-5-0/0_80
^^ best micro-atx board i've seen

for mini-itx there's only fm2.
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http://www.overclock.net/t/1389042/new-matx-am3-motherboard-ga-78lmt-usb3-rev-5-0/0_80
^^ best micro-atx board i've seen

for mini-itx there's only fm2.

yep. that's the best microATX board i've seen for am3+ too... the trick is it's hard to make a small AM3+ mb because they have to have a full northbridge on the motherboard. you get smaller mbs for FM2 chipset APUs because they moved the northbridge onto the cpu for the APU. You'll notice intel didn't even have socketed mitx mbs till they moved the nb onto their cpus. Since the FX series doesn't have an integrated NB on the chip, we're stick with larger motherboards.
 
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