AMD AM5 600-Series Motherboard Specs Leak Online

/ 1 year ago
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With the launch of the Ryzen 5000 platform last year, it is fully expected this would mark the official last-line of the AM4 socket platform (well, excluding any XT revisions). This is a move that should, on the whole, be commended as AMD has stuck with AM4 since the initial Ryzen release back in 2017, making compatibility and upgradability a lot easier for Team Red’s supporters. If nothing else, AM4 has certainly been more consistent than Intel, who seemingly changes sockets like the average person changes underwear.

With Ryzen 6000 expected to see the transition to the AM5 platform. However, it’s been a little unclear what we could expect from it until now. Following a leak by Twitter user ‘@ExecuFix‘ we might have some answers!

AMD AM5 Socket Specifications

So, the information itself is surprisingly detailed but might need breaking down for those of you who are not too familiar with what all the letters and numbers mean. Well, to try and help you out, we’ve picked out some of the key information below:

  • The LGA-1781 suggests AMD is scrapping the PGA socket design. So in other words, like Intel, the pins will be on the motherboard, not the processor.
  • The Ryzen 6000 series processor looks likely to host more pin connectors than Intel’s Alder Lake-S
  • AM5 will mark AMD’s entry in the DDR5 market
  • Somewhat surprisingly, there will be no PCI-E 5.0 support

What Do We Think?

Without a doubt, the biggest shock is that the AM5 platform, at least initially on the 600 series motherboards, will not offer PCI-E 5.0 support. It appears that, at least for the moment, this will remain entirely exclusive to the Zen4 Genoa platform utilized for their HEDT EPYC processors. – The plot, however, does thicken.

It is being suggested that the AM5 socket will not be introduced until 2022 (and possibly quite late in the year). This means several things. Firstly, that it’s unlikely we’re going to get Ryzen 6000 CPU releases this year. Secondly, that Intel is going to have a pretty good head start in DDR5 memory. Thirdly though, and this is a big one, the gap is going to potentially be even bigger with Intel offering PCI-E 5.0 support while AMD, even with the launch of this new AM5 platform, will apparently not.

We’ve maintained for a long time now that Alder Lake-S is effectively going to be Intel’s first true response to Ryzen and with it seemingly coming sooner and offering a lot more than AMD, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. Well… Presuming that the leaked information above is correct, but it so often is these days.

What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!

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