Renders of AMD AM5 Socket (Zen 4) Leak Online

It’s been well speculated for several months now that with the launch of the new AMD Ryzen Zen 4 processors (expected late next year), Team Red, for the first time under the Ryzen consumer name, will be transitioning itself to brand new socket design. Known (or at least speculated) as the AM5 platform, one of the biggest key differences seen in this new design will be transitioning away from the PGA socket to the LGA socket. In other words, similar to Intel, the pins will be located on the motherboard rather than the processor itself.

While the potential design for this has been subject to a lot of speculation, however, following a Twitter post by user ‘@ExecuFix‘, we have our first potential look at what might be on the horizon for AMD fans looking forward to the upgrade!

AMD AM5 Socket (Zen 4)

Now, given that these are renders, it’s something of a stretch to say that these will categorically represent the final design that AMD will utilise with their upcoming AM5 socket. Based on all available information we’ve seen appear online so far, however, it does look pretty much exactly like what we should expect. And, it should be noted, the source who provided these images does have a decent track record of getting things right!

So, similar to Intel, we’ll see the processor set onto the motherboard with a retaining bracket to hold it in place. While this, in itself, might not represent a particularly mind-blowing change, this will be a very welcome sight to many AMD owners who have inadvertently bent pins on their CPUs when removing the cooler. And trust me, this happens a lot!

When Will We Know More?

Although sources have differed over the last month, many believe that AMD will simultaneously launch both their new Zen 4 processors and RDNA graphics cards at roughly the exact same time. With this anticipated to be around September next year, therefore, if you are looking forward to the next generation of AMD Ryzen processors, that will, incidentally, be transitioning over to a 5nm node design. You can likely expect to see some firm news appearing regarding these new processors in roughly 9-12 months. So far though, things are definitely looking better!

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

Mike Sanders

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