Rumor: AMD AM4 Socket will Have 1,331 Pins and Support up to 140W Chips
AMD is expected to launch their Zen based FX CPUs later this year, most likely in October, with APUs arriving sometime in 2017. The next gen Zen CPUs and APUs will all use just one chipset, with one common socket called AM4. Which means the new standard will actually combine the company’s CPU and APU families under one roof.
Now, if a new leak is to be believed, AM4 socket will use μOPGA to raise pin count to 1,331, and support up to 140W chips. Having 1,331 pins indicates an increase of around 33 percent over the 950 pins used in previous AM and FM sockets.
While AMD is using more number of pins in its next gen socket, they won’t enlarge the current design as this could lead to more fragile CPUs, especially for low end chips. As a workaround, they have used μOPGA instead of normal OPGA which will reduce pin diameter, allowing for more pins to be fit in the same space.
Further, AM4 is expected to support up to a whopping 140W TDP CPUs, that will bring it on par with Intel’s top end LGA 2011 chips.
AM4 socket is set to replace the aging AM3+, which houses the FX line, as well as the relatively newer FM2+, which is used with most APUs. It would eliminate the major multi-socket madness that AMD enthusiasts have been suffering from for a while, making it easier for them to upgrade.