AMD Su Zifeng: AM5 socket will be used for a long time

AMD's next-generation Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors will be released this year. The products will use a 5nm process technology and Zen 4 architecture. Foreign media PC World interviewed AMD CEO Dr. Su Zifeng about the AM5 socket.

Su Zifeng said that AMD plans to use the AM5 socket for a long time so that its lifespan can be as long as AM4. At present, it is impossible to accurately judge the future development of AM5, but at least there will not be a situation where the platform does not support a new generation of processors due to BIOS problems.

Previously, AMD's desktop processors have been packaged in PGA, with dense pins at the bottom, using interfaces such as AM4. The upcoming AM5 interface is replaced by the LGA method, LGA1718 specification, the bottom of the CPU is a flat metal contact, and the socket on the motherboard has a raised contact. This method can greatly reduce the damage of the processor during transportation, and it is also convenient for players to install.

Su Zifeng also said, "We are very satisfied with the development of AM4. We have said that we will keep this interface for a long time, and we have successfully achieved this goal. Consumers should expect that AM5 will become a long-term existence like AM4 platform.”

PC World also interviewed Robert Hallock, AMD technical marketing director, and Frank Azor, chief architect of gaming solutions. They said that AMD moved to the new LGA connection because of the need for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, both of which require more pins, while LGA supports a higher pin density than PGA.

In addition, the capacitors of the Ryzen 7000 series processors are also placed above the substrate in order to leave more space for the bottom to place more contacts. It is officially confirmed that the AM4 CPU cooler will be compatible with the AM5 platform, but details such as the power of the new processor have not been announced yet. In addition, some radiator manufacturers are likely to have ready high-end all-in-one water cooling radiators for the AM5 platform.

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