AMD Zen CPU and AM4 Socket Captured on Camera, 1331 Pins Confirmed

AMD’s forthcoming Zen processors and brand spanking new unified AM4 socket were caught on camera last week. The images confirmed a return to AMD’s signature Pin Grid Array design with radically expanded functionality.

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Via: WCCFTech

Officially introduced earlier in September, AMD’s AM4 definitely hints at a new direction for the chip giant. All its next-generation APUs and CPUs will share the same AM4 platform – much unlike how the company had previously designated the AM3+ platform for enthusiast-targeted FX CPU products while keeping the value-oriented and mainstream A-Series APU parts to the FM2+ platform.

AMD also promised that both the socket and chipset used for AM4 will be forward compatible, meaning those who purchase Bristol Ridge-based APU systems at launch will be able to conveniently switch to the more competent Zen-based Summit Ridge parts when they’re available.

AM4 is also bringing native PCIe 3.0 support in addition to native USB 3 and 3.1 functionality.

“The initial “Zen” cores for “Summit Ridge”-powered desktops will utilize the AMD AM4 socket, a new unified socket infrastructure that is compatible with 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop processors. With dedicated PCIe® lanes for cutting-edge USB, graphics, data and other I/O, the AMD AM4 platform will not steal lanes from other devices and components,” read a press release by the company.  

“..This allows users to enjoy systems with improved responsiveness and the future looking technologies that the AM4 platform provides, resulting in a powerful, scalable and reliable computing solution for all their needs.”

Some of the key features of AM4 include- DDR4 Memory, SATA Express. USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gbps, PCIe Gen 3, NVMe, and more.

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