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News hardware & software 24 May 2021, 16:54

author: Arkadiusz Strzala

AMD Zen 4 to Require New AM5 Socket; Big Changes Inbound

Leaks suggest that the next generation of AMD Zen 4 processors (including Ryzen 7000) will require a new socket - AM5. It will bring very big changes, including, above all, support for DDR5 RAM.

AM5 MOST LIKELY:
  • Will support DDR5 and PCIe 4.0;
  • Will support 5nm Ryzen 7000 processors;
  • Will introduce a new socket type - LGA 1718;
  • Won't be available until late 2022.

Leaks have surfaced that may add to some information provided by AMD's schedule. They concern the next generation of Zen 4 (Raphael) processors, which may introduce a new type of socket - AM5. This also means a new type of LGA 1718 connector (AM4 platform uses the PGA socket), 5nm technology process and another series of chipsets (600). Such information was revealed by Twitter user ExecutableFix, who is known for leaks regarding AMD.

Please note that one of the answers mentions a 40x40 mm connector. This could mean that, unlike Intel's LGA1700, it will remain square and probably won't require different cooling systems. The new AM5, which will bring DDR5 and PCIe 4.0 support, may not be introduced until late 2022 (via VideoCardz), which means the possibility of working with DDR5 for AMD users will appear about a year later than in the case of competing Intel Alder Lake-S CPUs. And, unfortunately, there will still be no PCIe 5.0. Everything we know (if only from leaks) about AMD chips has been compiled by VideoCardz in the following table:

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Unofficial AMD chip schedule compiled by VideoCardz.

According to unofficial information, the Ryzen 7000 series is to be the successors to the desktop Ryzen 5000. It is worth adding that all processors from this line are to feature integrated GPUs. What about the 6000 series? The processors planned by AMD, codenamed Warhol (Zen 3), according to rumors could be canceled and AMD will jump with the numbering as in the case of Ryzen 3000 and 5000 (we may get refreshed Ryzen 5000 XT in their place in 2021).

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