Rumored AMD Carrizo APU (Kaveri Successor) Will Support FM2+ Socket

Subject: Processors | July 31, 2013 - 03:59 AM |
Tagged: Kaveri, fm2, carrizo, APU, amd radeon, amd

Rumors recently surfaced via VR-Zone china that AMD’s Kaveri APU successor will be code-named Carrizo, and it will be compatible with the upcoming FM2+ socket and AMD A88X chipset that Kaveri will use. 

AMD’s Carrizo APUs will reportedly be available in TDPs up to 65W and will feature Excavator CPU cores along with a next generation Radeon GPU. Much like Kaveri, Carrizo will be fully HSA compliant. The chips will also include support for DDR4.

Carrizo will allegedly begin sampling in August 2014 with mass production starting around December. That means Carrizo will be available for purchase within the first half of 2015.

FM2+ boards like the ASUS A55BM-A/USB3 are rumored to support AMD's Carrizo APUs (the successor to Kaveri).

The rumors also suggest that Carrizo will be joined by a low power “Beema” System on a Chip (SoC) and a BGA-based Nolan APU for embedded systems. Details on these complementary chips are scarce, however. Perhaps most telling is last bit of the article that suggests that AMD will not be releasing a AM3+ Vishera CPU-only processor successor. It seems AMD is going all in as an APU company after all.

I have been looking forward to the launh of AMD's Kaveri since AFDS 2012, and Carrizo appears to be a refinement of that chip. It should be more power efficient and faster thanks to architecture tweaks and process shrinks. I think that AMDs architecture and HSA approach has potential, and I'm excited to see what these upcoming chips can do with regards to performance.

July 31, 2013 | 02:28 PM - Posted by collie (not verified)

Why are you doing this to me Tim?!?! My a-10 6700 is great, absolutely awesome in fact, but you just keep rubbing it in that I shoulda waited for a fm2+ board for future-proofing. Not blaming you, not your fault, but CUMMMMONNNNNNNN MAAAAANNNNN

July 31, 2013 | 09:25 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

hehe, sorry! :)

August 1, 2013 | 06:30 PM - Posted by Andrew (not verified)

Doesn't sound correct. Kaveri will use FM2+ but will only have DDR3. How can Carrizo support DDR4? Somehow I think AMD will launch another socket and with no backwards compatibility.

August 1, 2013 | 10:00 PM - Posted by Power666 (not verified)

AMD has done this before with a chip that supported DDR2 (socket AM2+) and DDR3 (vanilla socket AM3). The chip was keyed to fit into either socket and use the appropriate memory technology.

AMD doesn't even have to go that far: they could release the same chip in two different packages for two different sockets that use the two different memory technologies.

November 11, 2013 | 11:54 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

ddr3 is 240 pin dimm, ddr4 is 288 pin dimm, an fm2+ board at present could not support carrizo if it is set up for ddr4, but that is not set in cement at present.

November 25, 2013 | 07:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The original Chinese article does not state directly that Carrizo will work in the FM2+ socket. It only says it will work with the same chipset (SB) as before, but it does not necessarily mean it will work with the FM2+ bords with DDR3 ram on them.

December 6, 2013 | 09:04 AM - Posted by Dirk Broer (not verified)

There was a time you could plug AM3 Phenoms into AM2+ mobos, as it had a DDR2 controller too. AM2+ Phenoms could not be plugged into AM3 as they lacked a DDR3 controller. Likewise thre is Trinity/Richland which fits into FM2+, but Kaveri will not fit into FM2. Such scenarios are also open to Carrizo.

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