Zen CPU And AMD AM4 Socket Pictured; 1331 Pins Confirmed
The AMD Zen CPU, as well as the brand-new AM4 socket, has been pictured. The AMD AM4 platform is compatible with both the Bristol Ridge APUs and the upcoming Summit Ridge CPUs which are based on the Zen architecture.
AMD AM4 socket is going back to the roots with the PGA design which adds some extended functionality. The AM4 socket will be replacing the unifying the AM & FM sockets, this is why it is such a big deal plus the fact that it is the first of its kind.
From 7th Gen APUs to upcoming Zen-based “Summit Ridge” desktop processors, the future-ready AM4 platform features the newest I/O standards and an AMD commitment to support it into the future.
The AMD AM4 socket will be a big improvement over the previous AM3+ and here are the features that it will offer:
- Native PCIe 3.0 support
- Native USB3 & 3.1 functionality
- Dual-channel DDR4 memory support
- Four DDR4 memory modules supported up to 3200Mhz
- Support up to 24 PCIe lanes
- SATA Express
AMD AM4 socket is similar to the previous socket when you talk about locking system. There are 40% more pins though. This is more that what you get on the Intel’s LGA1151 platform.
Facilitating all these pins does mean that all previous generation cooling solutions will not work for the AMD AM4 socket, but this might not be an issue as companies like Noctua have already announced upgrade kits for this new socket.
I am sure that when the socket and the respective motherboards will be released you will be able to get your hands on the appropriate cooler and heatsink. AM4 motherboards are already being shipped to OEMs and you can expect to find one as soon as October. These motherboards will also be compatible with Raven Ridge APUs.
The Zen based Summit Ridge CPUs are expected to come out early next year and we expect that Raven Ridge APUs will follow soon after that.