Details have emerged about the AMD AM5, which will offer next-generation performance.
Potential features of AMD AM5 socket shared by ExecutableFix. So, what does the platform that will power Ryzen desktop processors and APUs with Zen 4 architecture offer?

First of all, it is noteworthy that AMD will use the LGA1718 socket. As you know, for more than a decade the company has been using PGA design for mainstream chips. If the information of the leak is correct, the AM5 socket could finally switch to an LGA socket such as Intel.

The current AM4 socket has a total of 1,331 pins. This means a 29.1 percent increase in the number of pins. Still, this increase is not as serious as Intel’s transition from the LGA1200 socket to the LGA1700 socket (41.7 percent). One wonder is whether the AM5 will require a CPU cooler upgrade.

The AM5 platform will also bring support for DDR5 memory. Note at this point that DDR5 is expected to have a capacity of up to 128 GB per memory module and data rates of up to DDR5-10000. Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake processors are expected to be available with DDR5 support in late 2021 or early 2022. The AM5 socket is unlikely to come out before this year.

ExecutableFix has claimed that the AM5 socket will keep PCIe 4.0 support. While the PCIe 4.0 interface is enough for the best graphics cards and best SSDs, the company does not seem to want to prepare for PCIe 5.0. AM5 will also require a migration to a new chipset with a new socket type. So we can expect the company to launch the 600 series chipset.

AMD’s Zen 4 chips (Raphael) will likely be the first products to take advantage of the AM5 socket. We still don’t know much about Raphael, but the processors are expected to be the product of the 5nm process node of TSMC, similar to AMD EPYC Genoa.


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