ExecutableFix just shared the latest renders of the next-generation AM5 CPU socket. Previously, it was reported that AMD will abandon the PGA pins on the next-generation desktop Ryzen processors and switch to the contact-type LGA 1718 socket. For consumers, it may be difficult to quickly distinguish AMD or Intel platforms through motherboard sockets in the future.
Previously, ExecutiveFix has shared a render of the package outline of the Zen 4 Raphael desktop processor that will be launched in 2022. Similar to the Intel CPU socket, the AM5 LGA 1718 socket also has a latch, which means that users do not need to carefully align the processor PGA pins with the motherboard base.
The picture shows that the AMD Ryzen Raphael desktop CPU uses a perfect square top cover (45×45 mm), which can be used with a fairly heavy air-cooled or integrated water block. The area of the top cover is quite large, it is estimated to balance the heat dissipation between multiple small chips (or for other purposes), and the side is similar to the Intel Core-X series HEDT CPU.
At present, there is a question of whether there are two gaps on each of the four sides of the top cover. If so, it may be aimed at improving the heat exchange underneath. If not, then AMD may still make certain changes based on the rendering in the future.
WCCFTech pointed out that the next-generation Zen 4 Ryzen Raphael desktop processor will replace the current Zen 3 Vermeer Ryzen 5000 product line. It is reported that Raphael’s CPU will be based on 5nm Zen 4 core architecture, supplemented by 6nm I/O chiplets. In addition, AMD has hinted that it will increase the number of cores of the next-generation mainstream desktop CPUs, so it is expected to reach 16 cores/32 threads.
In terms of performance, Zen 4 is expected to bring up to 25% IPC gain compared to Zen 3 and is expected to hit a clock frequency of 5 GHz. In addition, the desktop Raphael APU processor is also expected to be equipped with an RDNA 2 core display.
Finally, the AM5 platform will bring support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 memory. It is expected that the Raphael Ryzen CPU based on the Zen 4 core architecture will not be launched until the end of 2022 and will compete with Intel’s 13th-generation Raptor Lake processors.