Are AM4 and AM3+ the Same?

AMD has always had good backward compatibility for its platforms. If you have an older motherboard and are looking to upgrade, the short answer is: No- they’re not compatible! AM3+ vs. AM4 sockets couldn’t be more different from one another in terms of functionality or capability, so make sure before buying a replacement that it works with what’s on hand already

There tend to be two basic types in modern-day gaming systems – AMD Ryzen CPUs/Graphics Cards (which use socketAM4) and Intel Core series CPUs & GPUs (Socket 1151).


The physical socket is different, and you cannot put an AM3+ CPU into a newer-style four wee. This is because the older 8een have 942 pins/holes while the new 1331 holes required for sockets like these can only take on such CPUs with ease of installation thanks to their larger size – otherwise known as “LGA.”

AM3+ only supports DDR3, which is why it’s not compatible with AM4

The processor socket for AMD processors has always been labeled as “AM” (Attention Mrs., Dad!) and Intel uses letters A through D in their sockets; however, when talking about memory types, there are two specific kinds: regular SDRAM referred topper Hzand Hyper-Transportitted DRram(HPD) at 1 GHz – over twice the speed! Unfortunately, this means no matter how much your CPU can process during one second on task lot Happens In 30 Seconds, So You’ll Need Faster Memory To Keep Up With It.

Chipsets and Features

The AM4 socket is designed to offer a more modern experience with its features. Newer technologies like DDR4, PCIe 4.0, and USB 3.2 Gen 2 are part of this new architecture which aims at delivering stunning visuals in addition to fast processing speeds for gamers or PC enthusiasts alike!

The introduction of Thunderbolt provides users the ability to transfer data without any delays whatsoever while still maintaining intense amounts of bandwidth, so downloading large files won’t be an issue either because you’ll always have enough juice left over when it comes time to display them on your monitor + TV instantly.

CPU Performance

AM4 offers much newer and faster CPUs than AM3+ ever provided. So now you can have your cake (or ice cream for those of us who are more used to sweetening things) without feeling guilty about all the sugar!

Is AM3+ Still Worth Using?

The AM3+ platform has been around for a long time and, as such, lacks the features that would make it appealing to gamers. In addition, the FX series of processors never had strong gaming performance, so you’re at their mercy if they want better frame rates in games like Crysis or Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3. Unless your budget doesn’t allow an upgrade from this old chipset, we recommend upgrading sooner than later!

If you’re buying used, AM3+ isn’t the best choice unless your budget is tight. However, suppose that’s not an option for whatever reason, and overall performance still matters more than anything else in a processor platform. In that case, Intel should be fine as long as they offer better clock speeds from other platforms with comparable prices/performance ratios – but keep this warning: The older these CPUs get without being overclocked, or Revision B (binned) for higher speeds on specific tasks like encoding MPEG-2 videos into DivX file formats), their potential usefulness will lessen significantly since newer processors can often accomplish those same objectives just faster!


AM4 and AM3+ are completely different sockets. They each provide a unique level of performance, so it would be wrong to say that they’re the same because one offers more than another does. One platform will always have the edge over others in terms of the features provided and popularity among gamers who prefer higher framerates when playing games on their computer systems without sacrificing graphics quality too much at lower resolutions.

We hope you’ve been able to expand your knowledge of hardware. If not, don’t worry! We’re here for any help that may be needed in the future as well.

We know how confusing it can feel when there’s so much information out on computer components and what they do but rest assured knowing we’ll always have someone waiting with an answer should something come up again sooner or later down life’s road 😉

Chris Stobing
Chris Stobing is a hardware analyst at PhenomBuilts. He is a graduate of New York University. Chris brings his experience benchmarking and reviewing gadgets and PC hardware such as graphics cards, monitors, storage, and networking equipment.
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