New Skylake-EP LGA 3647 Socket Teased By Noctua
Noctua recently showcased a Skylake-EP LGA 3647 compatible CPU cooler which confirms the rumor that Intel will be adopting a new socket for their upcoming future server products.
For the past couple of years Intel motherboards have supported two generations of CPUs, LGA 2011, LGA 1155 or LGA 1150. Now though it is expected that this trend will change and with Intel’s new Skylake generation of Xeon and Skylake-E series processors that Intel will be adopting to a new, bigger socket designs and will be upgrading several vital components of their server platform.
This new Skylake-EP LGA 3647 socket is larger in size than what we have seen in previous generations. Upon closer inspection it seems that the Skylake-EP LGA 3647 socket looks like it supports 6-channel DDR4 memory. According to Noctura their CPU cooler will be compatible with AMD socket SP3 and Intel Socket P CPUs. This CPU cooler is said to be coming out in 2017.
This could mean that we might not be seeing the Skylake-EP LGA 3647 socket this year at all and that it is still under work. Of course there is no way of knowing the exact details but it would seem right that the CPU cooling solutions would be made available close to the release of the CPU itself.
Intel’s Skylake-EP CPUs will be dramatically larger than the current Generation Broadwell-E/ LGA 2011-3 based chips. The upcoming CPU will also have 1636 more pins than the current platform that is available. This is a big change from Intel’s side and though there are no details available at this point it is just a matter of time. We might be getting more information by the end of the year.
It turns out that the rumors were true after all and that Intel is adopting a new Skylake-EP LGA 3647 for its future products.