AMD: The release date of the AM5 platform will also depend on the price of DDR5 memory

AMD Vice President David McAfee commented on the release of the AM5 platform, according to which prices and the availability of DDR5 are one of the variables on which the deadline depends. AMD clearly considers it unnecessary to release the new platform and the products tied to it until the prices and availability of DDR5 memory are at a level that will allow sales in reasonable quantities.

McAfee, on the other hand, has more or less refuted ComputerBase’s earlier assumption that the AM5 platform would be released first with the APU Rembrandt (6nm Zen 3+) with the proviso that the CPU Raphael (5nm Zen 4) came later:

Delays or changes in the APU release for the AM5 socket may be due to influences other than [včas připravený] the product itself. You know, we plan to go high-end first. I think we will have to monitor very closely how the transition to DDR5 is progressing and how fast [jejich] supplies and prices will make the platform available to the mainstream customer, who could then be interested in the product for this socket.

Thus, AMD follows two milestones: First, when the price and availability of DDR5 reaches a level at which the AM5 platform (with processors Raphael) interesting for the high-end and, secondly, when it reaches a level where it will make sense for AM5 to issue mainstream APUs (Rembrandt).

The chances that the APU for socket AM5 could arrive as early as this summer are thus rapidly decreasing. Even if we start from last year’s information that it would be impossible for the shortage of PMIC chips for DDR5 to be resolved before spring, then logically, from a high-end perspective, a pure DDR5 platform cannot make sense in the high-end before summer. the release would lead to an increase in demand for DDR5 (and an increase in demand for DDR5 will certainly not result in a rapid drop in prices to the mainstream level). Even if (!) The AM5 platform came out in the summer, the APU probably wouldn’t follow until the fourth quarter.

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