Image renders allegedly belonging to AMD’s unreleased AM5 socket have made their way online. The renders were posted by leakster ExecutableFix (@ExecuFix) via Twitter and give us a glimpse of what we could expect from the CPU and GPU maker in the near future.
Based on the renders, it looks like AMD will be switching to using a Land Grid Array (LGA) layout, rather than continue with the Pin Grid Array (PGA) layout it has been using for its consumer-level CPU for the past several years. These renders also reflect a continuity of an earlier rumour – also posted by ExecutableFix – that AMD already plans on shifting away from PGA to an LGA 1718 layout.
As you all know, this isn’t the first time AMD has considered moving away from PGA to LGA; its HEDT Ryzen Threadripper CPUs are all LGA-based CPUs, which is actually a sensible thing to do. With an LGA-based CPU, the chances of damaging it is far less and a PGA-made CPU, simply because the pins on the corresponding motherboard is considerably easier and cheaper to replace if they get damaged.
A first look at the AM5 socket, once again in the form of a 3D-render pic.twitter.com/84T6wUjpQ2
— ExecutableFix (@ExecuFix) July 29, 2021
The CPU design is also of particular interest, primarily because it is expected to be based on the Zen 4 architecture and make use of AMD’s upcoming 3D V-Cache chiplet design that it talked about during its Computex 2021 keynote.