AMD Socket AM5
AMD Socket AM5

AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) has played a pivotal role in the evolution of computing with its range of innovative CPU sockets. Each of these sockets has contributed to shaping the landscape of modern computing. Let’s explore the complete history of AMD CPU Sockets.

AMD CPU Socket Chart

CPU SocketReleasedProcessor GenerationCompatible Processors
Socket 5/71996AMD K5K5-75, K5-90, K5-100
Socket 71997AMD K6K6, K6-2, K6-III
Socket A/4621999AMD Athlon, Duron, SempronAthlon XP, Athlon MP
Socket 7542003AMD Athlon 64, SempronAthlon 64 3000+, Athlon 64 FX
Socket 9392004AMD Athlon 64Athlon 64, Athlon 64 FX
Socket AM22006Athlon 64, Athlon X2Athlon 64 3200+, Athlon X2 3800+
AM2+2008Athlon 64, Athlon X2, PhenomAthlon 64 X2 3800+, Phenom II X4 940
AM32009Phenom II, Athlon IIPhenom II X4 965, Athlon II X3 450
AM3+2011Vishera, FXVishera FX-8350, FX-9590
FM22011Llano, TrinityLlano A8-3850, Trinity A10-5800K
FM2+2012KaveriKaveri A10-7850K
AM12014JaguarJaguar A4-1200
AM42016Ryzen, Ryzen ThreadripperRyzen 5 1600X, Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
TR42017Ryzen ThreadripperRyzen Threadripper 1950X
AM52022Ryzen 7000 SeriesRyzen 7 7700X
AMD CPU History Chart

The Early Stages of AMD

The Beginning: Sockets 7, A, and 462

  • Socket 5/7 (1996-1997): AMD was creating clones of of Intel processors up until the release of the K5 lineup in 1996. The first K5 CPUs rolled out on the Socket 5 / Socket 7 platforms and represented a huge step in AMD’s journey, marking its entry into the competitive CPU market.
  • Socket A (2000): Also known as Socket 462, it supported AMD Athlon, Athlon XP, Athlon MP, and Duron processors. This socket was vital in establishing AMD as a major player in the industry.

Transition to 64-bit Computing

Socket 754 and Socket 939

  • Socket 754 (2003): Introduced for the AMD Athlon 64 processors, this socket marked AMD’s foray into 64-bit computing.
  • Socket 939 (2004): An advancement over Socket 754, Socket 939 supported dual-channel memory and was used for higher-end Athlon 64 CPUs.

Socket AM2 and AM2+

  • Socket AM2 (2006): Launched for Athlon 64, Athlon 64 X2, and Sempron CPUs, it introduced support for DDR2 memory.
  • Socket AM2+ (2007): An enhancement of Socket AM2, it offered better power management and support for Phenom processors.

The Introduction of Integrated Graphics

Socket AM3 and AM3+

  • Socket AM3 (2009): Compatible with Phenom II, Athlon II, and Sempron 100 series processors, it was notable for its backward compatibility with DDR2 and DDR3 memory support.
  • Socket AM3+ (2011): An iteration of AM3, it provided enhancements for AMD’s Bulldozer processors.

The Era of High-Performance Computing

Socket FM1, FM2, and FM2+

  • Socket FM1 (2011): Designed for AMD’s APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), integrating CPU and GPU on the same chip.
  • Socket FM2/FM2+ (2012/2013): These sockets continued the trend of integrating CPUs with powerful GPUs, supporting AMD’s Trinity and Richland APUs.

The Zen Revolution

Socket AM4

  • Socket AM4 (2016): A major breakthrough for AMD, Socket AM4 was introduced with the Ryzen series of CPUs. It marked AMD’s strong comeback in the CPU market, offering competitive performance, scalability, and support for DDR4 memory, PCIe 3.0, and NVMe.

The Rise of Threadripper: TR4 and sTRX4

  • TR4 Socket (2017): Created for the high-end desktop (HEDT) market, supporting the Ryzen Threadripper series.
  • sTRX4 Socket (2019): The successor to TR4, it supported the 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors, offering significant improvements in terms of core count and overall performance.

The Future of AMD Sockets

Socket AM5

  • Socket AM5 (Future Release): The upcoming socket from AMD, expected to support future generations of Ryzen processors and promising advancements in technology and performance.


The history of AMD CPU sockets is a story of innovation and resilience. From its early days competing with industry giants to its current status as a frontrunner in the CPU market, AMD has consistently pushed the envelope in processor technology. As we look forward to the release of Socket AM5 and beyond, it’s clear that AMD will continue to be a key player in defining the future of computing.

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