Socket AM5 is AMD’s next generation of gaming hardware, and after the huge success of AM4, it has some pretty big options. Let’s take a look at the latest AM5 news, announcements, leaks, release date and more.
AMD AM5 is a new socket type for the yet-to-be-released AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors based on the Zen 4 architecture. As with the processor, we have yet to see anything from motherboard manufacturers regarding the AM5 socket.
We’re going to provide everything we know about the socket so far, such as the AM5 release date and new technologies , as well as some other interesting details. This page will be updated with all the latest news about AM5 sockets, so come back and check back if you need the latest details.
What is socket AM5
Socket AM5 aims to replace the current Socket AM4 to accommodate new and upcoming Zen 4 Ryzen processors, and it has very big features after the huge success of its predecessor.
Intel changes the socket type every couple of years while AMD supported AM4 for six years, but now it’s time for a change.
Little is known about AM5 yet, but the most notable difference from AM4 is the move from PGA to a 1718-pin processor socket (LGA), 18 pins more than Intel’s latest processor socket.
What is LGA1718
LGA stands for land grid array and has been Intel’s socket of choice since 2006, but now that AMD is making the transition, we thought it would be helpful to show you what LGA is all about.
LGA is a packaging technology with a rectangular grid of contacts called “ground”. This is different from the PGA or pin grid packaging technology that AMD currently uses.
The pin grid array is similar to the layout of ground grid arrays, but instead of “pads”, you have pins protruding from the bottom of the chip itself. Compared to PGA, LGA reduces the chance of chip damage both before and during the installation process. This is just one of the many advantages of the LGA.
AM5 socket release date
Socket AM5 motherboards should debut alongside AMD’s Raphael (7000 series) processors.
The release date is still a bit vague, but during the company’s keynote at CES 2022, AMD stated that it will be released in the second half of 2022 .
AMD doesn’t follow a pattern when releasing new Zen architectures. The list of Zen architecture release dates is as follows:
- Zen | March 2, 2017
- Zen 2 | July 7, 2019
- Zen 3 | November 5, 2020
- Zen 3+ | Start 2022
There is no discernible pattern here that we can deduce, but given the fact, AMD will launch the Zen 3 (Zen3+) update in early 2022, and it has been stated that it will launch “shortly before” Zen 4 and AM5.
A prolific Twitter leaker (who has posted AMD internal roadmaps in the past) named Greymon55 is suggesting that there will be no Zen 4 processor release in Q4 at all, despite earlier indications. We will see the release of socket AM5 motherboards along with AMD Raphael processors.
In response to Wccftech’s Hassan Mujtab, Greymon55 confirmed that the launch should take place before September 2022. Can we see a Zen 4/AM5 release date in August?
getwinder leak about Zen 4
As we know, Zen 4 and AM5 should be released at the same time as one is useless without the other.
The Zen 4 leak came from getwinder at Chiphell. She suggests that Zen 4 processors may see the light of day in April 2022. That being said, we should also see how AM5 motherboards hit the shelves if the leak turns out to be true.
AM5 pre-production and Q3 2022 launch (rumored)
Wccftech reports that announcements for AM5 and Zen 4 processors are expected to be made at Computex 2022, one of the world’s largest tech conferences, which usually takes place at the end of May.
Based on information obtained from the Chinese website Enthusiastic Citizen . X670 series AM5 motherboards will likely launch alongside the Zen 4 processor sometime in the middle of Q3 2022, this seems to be a launch cycle similar to that of the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series processor.
If the rumor is true, it looks like that could be the case as the August release could be on the cards. This aligns with rumors that the Zen 4 will go into mass production earlier this quarter.
AM5 support in HWINFO
Compatibility with AM5 and Zen 4 was added to HWINFO in the v7.20 update , and with it came some information about a possible release date for AM5.
With the release of the HWINFO update adding support for Ryzen 7000 and AM5 motherboards, we can make some assumptions about the release date. Historically, HWINFO adds interoperability for technologies three to six months before launch or release. This means that we may well see AM5 in the middle of the year.
AMD AM5 socket and mounting mechanism
The first motherboard chipset with AM5 socket should be part of the AMD 600 motherboard series.
There is a surprising amount of information out there about AMD’s new Socket AM5 processor. One of the most notable and exciting pieces of information comes from Igor’sLAB, who shared a leaked render of socket AM5 (LGA 1718) and all of its components, most likely from Gigabyte’s hack last year.
Igor’sLAB noticed a difference in the AM5 socket compared to the LGA1700 in that the backplate is now attached to the socket activation mechanism (SAM) with four screws, ensuring that the backplate is always aligned with the socket.
We know how tedious it can be to try to install a new cooler on an AM4-based processor only to have the backplate fall off and disappear into what appears to be an abyss at the bottom of your PC case. However, with the new AM5 SAM mount, the rear panel will never budge, making cooler installation easier than ever.
Additionally, we saw a tweet from ExecutableFix suggesting that the socket will retain dimensions of 40x40mm, which we think is a pretty safe bet given the fact that AMD confirmed this with an innovative IHS design on the Ryzen 7000 series processors.
Coolers for socket AM5
Speaking of coolers , AMD confirmed during the company’s keynote at CES 2022 that the AM5 socket will be fully compatible with AM4 based coolers . This is all thanks to a similar configuration of screws on the rear panel and a sleek but unorthodox IHS design on the 7000-series processors themselves.
This is one of the biggest news today. This avoids the need for a custom adapter, a problem we all wish we didn’t have. This is good news for AMD fans.
Socket AM5 rear panel
There is a lot of hype surrounding the compatibility of AM4 coolers on the AM5 platform, but we feel it’s important to discuss the backplate because nothing is as it seems.
The two pre-installed factory clip-on mounting kits that come with AM4 motherboards will make a return on AM5. This kit helps you install cooling solutions weighing up to 500 grams smartly and securely before weight becomes an issue like the AM4. Nothing changes here and you should be able to continue using AM4 coolers in this configuration.
The backward compatibility issue becomes apparent when you need to remove the default mounting solution in order to install something that is either not compatible with the standard mounting kit or weighs over 500 grams.
The new AM5 socket requires a special backplate that requires cutouts that are very different from those used in older solutions. In addition, the socket actuation mechanism (SAM) is screwed directly into the rear panel.
These two points exclude the possibility of using AM4 coolers with their own backplates. In case the AM4 cooler requires an adapted backplate, the manufacturer will have to provide an adapted backplate, as in the case of Intel LGA1151/LGA1200 cooler compatibility with LGA1700.
Benefits of socket AM5
In addition to reducing the likelihood of damage to the CPU during the installation process , moving to LGA from AM5 brings several benefits for both the business and the consumer.
One of the consumer benefits of the LGA is improved integrity with better contact , and it’s not just marketing hype. Another big advantage of LGA is the fact that LGA pins take up less physical space, and the corresponding motherboard pins tend to be smaller than a PGA configuration. This leaves much more room for more contacts on the same surface area.
This is beneficial because, as you know, the CPU is the brain of the PC, which must be completely intertwined with the rest of the system and its operation in order to work in complete synergy. The more contacts and points of contact you have on a CPU, the more open the CPU will be to new features.
Chipsets for AM5
This article is purely speculative, but AMD has confirmed that the first motherboard with the new socket AM5 will be a 600 series motherboard. This confirms that AMD is following the tradition of advancing generations by one number (500 series to 600 series).
The release of 500 series motherboards was delayed by three months:
- B550 was released in June 2020
- X570 released in July 2019
- A520 released in August 2020
The reason we mention this is because we may have seen a similar story with 600 series motherboards. Again, this is all speculation.
Another interesting suggestion is related to the A420 chipset. AMD released the A320 chipset back in February 2017 and also released the A520 chipset in August 2020, but no A420 chipset is in sight yet.
This suggests that AMD may be skipping a generation. We may not see the A620 chipset in AMD’s motherboard lineup. The decision to ditch the A420 chipset has caused confusion, but if AMD tells motherboard makers to ditch the A620 chipset this time around, it would make a little more sense given the material shortages going on right now.
AMD AM5 platform block diagram
Motherboards based on the AM5 platform are on their way to being sent to reviewers for review. These motherboards are expected to include flagship X670 chipsets and mainstream B650 chipsets. However, due to some changes to the PCH (Platform Controller Hub) die, the only ITX variants available in the AM5 line are currently based on the B650 PCH, while the flagship ATX and Extended ATX motherboards will carry the X670 PCH.
AM5 motherboard specifications are expected to expand as the AM5 platform matures, as we saw with the AM4. The AM4 platform has gone through many upgrades throughout its life cycle, such as PCIe Gen 4, smart access memory, advanced PBO configurations, and more. The same can be expected from the AM5, though it’s already launched with DDR5 and PCIe Gen 5 support.
AM5 RAMP Technology
It looks like the transition to LGA is not the only significant technological achievement of AM5. DDR5 memory is said to be getting a big boost on the AM5 platform thanks to AMD’s all-new RAMP technology .
RAMP stands for (Ryzen Accelerated Memory Profile) and is a response to the Intel XMP 3.0 profile and is supposed to be the successor to A-XMP for DDR4 .
The existence of RAMP was first outlined in the patch notes for the HWINFO version 7.17 beta, where one of the notes said “preliminary support for AMD RAMP has been added”, although that note has since been edited.
In addition to DDR5 support, the new AM5 socket motherboards will have PCIe Gen5 GPU/Storage support, but there are no devices that support PCIe Gen5 yet, and DDR5 is currently quite scarce due to a serious lack of PMICs. As a result, we are seeing a sharp rise in prices.
Hopefully, by the end of 2022, after the launch of AM5, we will see that stocks will become more voluminous and prices will decrease, but unfortunately we cannot count on this.