AM5 Socket, expected release date, price, specs

Zen 4 and AM5 updates and the most important questions answered

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AMD will catch up to Intel’s DDR5 and PCIe 5.0 support this year. And simultaneously look to take a stride forward in performance with the release of its new AM5 socket – the home for the company’s upcoming Rzyen 7000 CPUs, built using the Zen 4 architecture.

The new AM5 platform will use the LGA 1718 socket; yes, AMD with an LGA (‘Intel style’) socket. While that may raise some questions, we’ve got your answers and the latest updates on Socket AM5 below.

17/08/2022: A huge leak has appeared, as reported by Videocardz, with the first image of the Zen 4 Ryzen 7 7700X processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700X, Source: Cortexa99 (via Videocardz)

AM5 socket announcement

LATEST: As below, it is now confirmed that AMD will host a Zen 4 livestream event on August 29. This will take place at 7pm ET, and will be viewable on the AMD YouTube channel.

As reported by Wccftech, sources suggest AMD has shifted its Zen4 and Socket AM5 launch to September 27. The move is reportedly so that AMD’s newest tech launches the day as Intel’s unveiling of its 13th-gen Raptor Lake. That would put AMD a step ahead, at least in terms of pure availability.

Previously it was reported by Wccftech, that AMD could make an official announcement about Socket AM5 and Zen 4 on Monday, August 29.

The belief was that first would be a “product announcement event”, where Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 (Raphael) desktop CPUs would be revealed. Also that the specs and prices of the CPUs would be released, while motherboard manufacturers would reveal ‘preliminary’ pricing information.

AM5 socket release date

The socket AM5 release appears increasingly likely to be on the new September 27 date.

Previously, September 15 date was due to a June 17th tweet by Twitter user @wxnod, leaking a picture of a Chinese AMD presentation.

At the top of the picture (below) the date ‘September 15th’ is seen, and the assumption was that this was the general, global release.

Previously, at Computex 2022, AMD’s Chair and CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, confirmed that AMD’s socket AM5 “Zen 4” processors would arrive in “Fall 2022”.

The release would be alongside supporting AM5 motherboards featuring B650, X670, and X670 Extreme chipsets.

AM5 will use the LGA 1718 socket and support up to 170W TDP processors

Prior to the official announcement, Digitimes reported industry sources claimed processors would begin rolling out as early as September.

Twitter leaker ‘Greymon55’, who noted in February that it was unlikely Zen 4 would release in Q4, would be proven right by a September release too.

Wccftech’s Hassan Mujtaba asks about a potential release date

Following on from the Zen 3-based Ryzen 7 5800X3D release earlier this year, a full lineup of Zen 4 CPUs arriving in September is going to make it an interesting time for AMD and system builders.

What CPUs and motherboards will be released?

Could all Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs have the same release date? That’s the theory being suggested by the ‘Moore’s Law is Dead‘ YouTube channel.

Also, the Zen 4 (and so Socket AM5) launch is “on schedule” for September (although that now be a little later, as above). Even more interesting is that AMD is reportedly planning to launch the entire Zen 4 lineup on day one.

For socket AM5 motherboards, it’s believed the X670E and X670 will be available at launch. The less performance-oriented B650E and B650 could then follow later.

Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPU Specs

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We’ve no official word on specs as yet, but there has been a leak of Ryzen 7000 series naming and pricing.

A public AMD asset resource library was the first to seemingly give the game away on some of the Zen 4 desktop CPUs. Tagged in a resource for “Ryzen Pro CPU”, the following four Ryzen 7000 series SKUs were found:

  • Ryzen 9 7950X
  • Ryzen 9 7900X
  • Ryzen 7 7700X
  • Ryzen 5 7600X

Screen-grabbed by Videocardz, the names were subsequently removed by AMD. But they offer the clearest signal yet of the CPUs arriving first. Notably, there’s no Ryzen 3 7000 CPU to be seen.

Also, as AMD has previously showcased a 16-core CPU, clocked at 5.5GHz though, this could be the Ryzen 9 7950X.

Previous rumors have suggested that the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs could offer up to 16-cores. Potentially, this would mean 12-core, 8-core, and 6-core parts down through the range. However, right now, this is still speculation.

Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPU pricing

Pricing is still unconfirmed, but Tweaktown spotted Canadian retailer PC-Canada listing the four expected parts and their subsequent prices. Here’s that pricing, which remains unconfirmed.

Zen 4 Ryzen 7000*Leaked Price
Ryzen 9 7950X
$1.140.99
Ryzen 9 7900X
$777.99
Ryzen 7 7700X
$613.99
Ryzen 5 7600X£423.99
*expected names

AM5 / Zen 4 performance

We’re yet to see reliable reports of AM5 and Zen 4 performance, but once we do we’ll be sure to update that information here.

Are there AM5 motherboards?

Yes, there will be. AMD’s AM5 launch will synchronize the launch of AM5 socket motherboards with the launch of the Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

AMD’s Computex 2022 press release offers up the three chipsets available and their target users:

  • X670 Extreme: Bringing the most connectivity and extreme overclocking capabilities with PCIe 5.0 support for two graphics slots and one storage slot
  • X670: Supporting enthusiast overclocking with PCIe 5.0 support on one storage slot with graphics support optional
  • B650: Designed for performance users with PCIe 5.0 storage support
AM5 socket release - chipsets
The three chipsets available: X670E, X670, and B650

AMD has also released information regarding the flagship socket AM5 motherboards to be available utilizing the top-tier X670E chipset:

  • ASRock X670E Taichi
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme
  • Biostar X670E Valkyrie
  • Gigabyte X670E Aorus Extreme
  • MSI MEG X670E Ace

How long will AM5 be supported?

According to a quote from AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su, “I don’t have an exact number of years but I would say that you should expect that AM5 will be a long-lived platform as AM4 has been”.

To this point, AMD has supported AM4 for six years, which would be a hefty amount of time and a decent lifespan for socket AM5 support.

Can AM5 use DDR4?

AM5 sockets CPUs will be the first to make use of the faster DDR5 specification, catching AMD-based Zen 4 systems up to Intel’s Alder Lake systems on RAM.

It doesn’t appear that DDR4 support will be offered at launch, and it may not be in AMD’s plans to release an AM5 socket chipset that does. A leaked compatibility list for the AM5 socket doesn’t mention DDR4 at all, although it mentions DDR5 26 times.

Socket AM5 DDR5 leak

Separately, Tom’s Hardware has reported it has been confirmed by multiple industry sources that the X670 and B650 AM5 platforms will only support DDR5 memory.

What Socket Type Is AM5?

Socket AM5 is an LGA socket type, a first for AMD’s consumer products. LGA stands for Land-grid array, as opposed to AMD’s previous PGA (pin-grid array) sockets. The first leak of the LGA 1718 socket images was reported by Igor’s Lab.

Socket AM5 LGA1718 leak

LGA is a ‘zero-force insertion’ socket. PGA sockets depend on pins sticking out of the bottom of a CPU, while LGA sockets require ‘lands’ – which are less likely to be damaged during installation or removal. This means there is less likelihood of damage to a Zen 4 processor using the socket type too.

However, AMD’s change from the PGA socket type used for AM4 to LGA 1718 for AM5, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to replace your cooler to keep Zen 4 temps down if you are switching over to an AM5 system.

Will AM4 coolers work on AM5?

Yes. At Computex 2022, AMD confirmed that Socket AM5 Zen processors will be able to make use of Socket AM4 coolers. Previously, several CPU cooler brands confirmed that their AM4 coolers will be compatible with the AM5 socket to keep Zen 4 processors cool.

Noctua stated, “…all Noctua coolers and mounting kits that support AM4 are upwards compatible with socket AM5, except the NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i.”

Additionally, Arctic tweeted that it could “guarantee the compatibility of its coolers with the new AMD processors”.

Are there AM5 motherboards?

Yes, there will be. AMD’s AM5 launch will synchronize the launch of AM5 socket motherboards with the launch of the Zen 4 Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

AMD’s Computex 2022 press release offers up the three chipsets available and their target users:

  • X670 Extreme: Bringing the most connectivity and extreme overclocking capabilities with PCIe 5.0 support for two graphics slots and one storage slot
  • X670: Supporting enthusiast overclocking with PCIe 5.0 support on one storage slot with graphics support optional
  • B650: Designed for performance users with PCIe 5.0 storage support

AMD has also released information regarding the flagship socket AM5 motherboards to be available utilizing the top-tier X670E chipset:

  • ASRock X670E Taichi
  • ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E Extreme
  • Biostar X670E Valkyrie
  • Gigabyte X670E Aorus Extreme
  • MSI MEG X670E Ace

How long will AM5 be supported?

According to a quote from AMD’s CEO Dr. Lisa Su, “I don’t have an exact number of years but I would say that you should expect that AM5 will be a long-lived platform as AM4 has been”.

To this point, AMD has supported AM4 for six years, which would be a hefty amount of time and a decent lifespan for socket AM5 support.

Can AM5 use DDR4?

AM5 sockets CPUs will be the first to make use of the faster DDR5 specification, catching AMD-based Zen 4 systems up to Intel’s Alder Lake systems on RAM.

It doesn’t appear that DDR4 support will be offered at launch, and it may not be in AMD’s plans to release an AM5 socket chipset that does. A leaked compatibility list for the AM5 socket doesn’t mention DDR4 at all, although it mentions DDR5 26 times.

Separately, Tom’s Hardware has reported it has been confirmed by multiple industry sources that the X670 and B650 AM5 platforms will only support DDR5 memory.

What Socket Type Is AM5?

Socket AM5 is an LGA socket type, a first for AMD’s consumer products. LGA stands for Land-grid array, as opposed to AMD’s previous PGA (pin-grid array) sockets. The first leak of the LGA 1718 socket images was reported by Igor’s Lab.

LGA is a ‘zero-force insertion’ socket. PGA sockets depend on pins sticking out of the bottom of a CPU, while LGA sockets require ‘lands’ – which are less likely to be damaged during installation or removal. This means there is less likelihood of damage to a Zen 4 processor using the socket type too.

However, AMD’s change from the PGA socket type used for AM4 to LGA 1718 for AM5, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need to replace your cooler to keep Zen 4 temps down if you are switching over to an AM5 system.

Will AM4 coolers work on AM5?

Yes. At Computex 2022, AMD confirmed that Socket AM5 Zen processors will be able to make use of Socket AM4 coolers. Previously, several CPU cooler brands confirmed that their AM4 coolers will be compatible with the AM5 socket to keep Zen 4 processors cool.

Noctua stated, “…all Noctua coolers and mounting kits that support AM4 are upwards compatible with socket AM5, except the NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i.”

Additionally, Arctic tweeted that it could “guarantee the compatibility of its coolers with the new AMD processors”.