Socket AM4 refuses to die as AMD keeps releasing new CPUs for it. For CES 2024, AMD announced four new chips for the elder platform. Based on Zen 3 technology, the most interesting of the chips is the Ryzen 7 5700X3D. Featuring 100MB of Cache, eight cores, 105W TDP, and a price of $249, this looks like a good potential upgrade for those still holding onto their Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series CPUs. A very solid upgrade would be from the Ryzen 2600 and 3600 models to the 5700X3D as it would allow you to extract excellent performance from all but the absolute highest-end GPUs.
From a SFF perspective, and depending on where you’re coming from, this is either excellent or simply a bad investment. For those upgrading an existing system, it’s a bargain. You get to maximize the life of your current build for a fraction of the cost of building new system. you don’t need new RAM or a new motherboard. For those considering a new system, it’s not worth it. The cost of good ITX AM4 boards has gone up, and the selection down. The AM5 / DDR5 platform is now well established, and future processors will be made for that socket.
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