AMD describes its next generation AM5 socket

During its CES 2022 presentation, AMD teased its upcoming Zen 4 CPUs, which add PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 support. It also described the included AM5 socket. The new platform is to be released in the second half of 2022. This means, of course, that the venerable AM4 socket will finally be replaced.

Slide from AMD's CES 2022 press event describing the AM5 socket

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The biggest physical change AM5 brings is the switch to a Land Grid Array CPU socket (LGA) with 1718 pins. AMD would say that things like improved signal integrity are the reason for the shift, but it is just as likely that it is for manufacturing reasons. As a user of AMD and Intel platforms going back many years, I found it easier to bend a CPU pin than a motherboard, so this change is one I personally am happy to see.

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