Over the previous few months we’ve seen just a few glimpses of AMD’s upcoming AM5 socket and its companion: a Zen 4 CPU. Up to now it’s simply been images, nevertheless, with no video. Now that Computex has arrived and extra data has been revealed by AMD, we lastly get to see a Zen 4 CPU in motion.
MSI had posted a how-to video to YouTube showcasing the upcoming CPU and socket, which was summarily pulled down a number of hours later. Whoopsie. Nevertheless, an upright citizen reposted it, and it may be seen under. The video covers the fundamentals: find out how to set up the CPU, mount a cooler to it, then reverse the method. The video provides us our first “stay” have a look at each the brand new CPU and the all-new AM5 socket. It’s a fairly large deal as the brand new socket is a dramatic shift for AMD. It’s lastly shifting away from a PGA socket with pins on the CPU to placing the pins within the socket. In doing so it follows Intel, which has been doing it that approach since 2004. The socket is known as LGA 1718 and it marks the tip of AM4, which has been round since 2016.
General there aren’t any surprises within the set up course of, and it appears to be like precisely like putting in an Intel CPU. The bundle has notches each side so you understand the CPU is aligned correctly. As soon as it’s put in a semi-opaque safety lid pops misplaced. Given the, um, attention-grabbing design of the built-in warmth spreader (IHS), it appears a drop of thermal paste within the heart is the most effective software methodology. Making an attempt to do an X sample may end in it leaking into the cutouts. When the CPU cooler is eliminated it’s proven to have unfold the thermal paste slightly evenly, which is an effective signal. The warmth spreader additionally appears to be like thick; a lot thicker than Intel’s. Nevertheless, it might simply be the cutouts are taking part in methods on our eyeballs. With the ability to see from the highest of all of it the best way right down to the substrate makes it look thicker than common.
The motherboard within the video appears to be like slightly pedestrian, suggesting it’s an entry-level B650 board. In line with Wccftech, the textual content on the IHS reveals a serial quantity that’s appeared in leaks earlier than, suggesting it’s a 16C/32T CPU. The textual content additionally reveals it was made in 2021, so it’s an early engineering pattern. Retail CPUs will doubtless look precisely the identical nevertheless, with a bit extra textual content on the IHS explaining their windfall.
For now this must maintain us over till extra data trickles out about Zen 4. AMD mentioned this week it’s launching in “fall,” so extra data ought to be popping out quickly. We’re nonetheless ready to seek out out about ultimate clock speeds, core counts, overclocking potential, and extra. We’re particularly taken with discovering out whether or not Zen 4 will function V-Cache. Since AMD didn’t point out 3D stacking at Computex it appears unlikely to be included in launch merchandise. It would find yourself being similar to the Ryzen 7 5800X3D, in that it was added afterward as an replace to an current product.