AMD Socket AM5 may be compatible with AM4 coolers

Posted on Tuesday, August 17 2021 @ 11:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Twitter user TtLexington leaked a couple of schematics that are claimed to be of AMD's AM5 socket. One of the interesting takeaways here is that the new socket may retain backward compatibility with existing coolers for Socket AM4.

More evidence for 170W TDP variant

Socket AM5 will be used by AMD's upcoming Zen 4-based Raphael processors. Raphael is expected to feature up to 16 cores and the highest-performance versions will reportedly have a TDP of 170W. The socket uses LGA1718, so no more risk of bending pins, and will support DDR5 memory.

The 170W TDP version of Raphael will definitely require decent cooling.
Furthermore, the leaked datasheet appears to also confirm the information on TDP for upcoming AM5 SKUs. As previously revealed, AMD Raphael SKUs are to launch with 120W and 170W TDP, the latter requiring a 280mm liquid cooler. The 120W TDP class is also new, increasing the TDP by 15W over existing high-end AM4 solutions.

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