AMD's Zen CPUs will use a PGA mounting system

AMD's Zen CPUs will use a PGA mounting system

AMD Showcase their first Zen

AMD's Zen CPUs will use a PGA mounting system


When AMD showcases their upcoming Zen based "Summit Ridge" CPU at Computex a lot of people were disappointed that we were unable to find pictures of the rear of the CPU. Many questioned whether AMD would continue using PGA (Pin Grid Array) packaging for their CPUs or if they would be moving to an Intel-like LGA (Land Grid Array) packaging for their CPUs.   

Recently a website called Jagareview has released pictured that they have taken off the back of AMD's "Summit Ridge" CPU, showcasing that AMD will continue to use PGA packaging for their CPUs, meaning that AMD's CPUs will continue to have pins on the rear of the CPU. 


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AMD's "Summit Ridge" CPUs will come with up to 8 cores and 16 threads and provide 40% more instructions per clock than AMD's previous CPU architectures, meaning that this CPU will be offering significantly higher performance than AMD's current CPU lineup, potentially making them competitive with Intel again in the high-end consumer market. 

The CPU will be coming to the AM4 platform, which will support DDR4 memory, allowing AMD's Zen CPUs to use faster memory with lower power consumption than AMD's current CPUs. 

AMD's Summit Ridge CPUs will be built on the same 14nm process as their Polaris GPUs, allowing AMD to create some ultra efficient APUs in 2017, with the company also targeting the high-end server market with Zen based CPUs with larger CPU core counts.

Zen will be arriving on the desktop first, giving us consumers the chance to try Zen for ourselves later this year. While the release dates for Zen and the AM4 platform remains unknown, AMD's CEO Lisa Su has confirmed that Zen will be sampling to partners within the next few weeks and will be sampled widely in early Q3.


AMD Showcase their first Zen


AMD has stated that Zen will be a return to the high end for AMD, which is certainly something that PC enthusiasts have been crying out for. Let's hope that this CPU will finally bring AMD back into the CPU game fully and not be another disaster like Bulldozer. 


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Most Recent Comments

07-06-2016, 18:35:06

Nice, always found it easier to fix the pins on the processors than the motherboard. How many pins are there again

If the pins were to be irrepairable, then its gonna cost a pretty penny.Quote

07-06-2016, 19:24:21

Probably helps decrease costs for motherboard makers too since they no longer need to make sure every pin is straight or risk RMA. So hopefully this translates slightly cheaper boardsQuote

07-06-2016, 20:55:32

was just imagining someone putting the CPU in the wrong orientation and using for to get it to go it.Quote

08-06-2016, 04:19:01

as long as I can still fit a mechanical pencil over the pins and rebend them I'll be happy. Otherwise just switch to putting the pins on the motherboard like everyone else.Quote

08-06-2016, 05:53:01

Is is it true that PGAs can't handle as high temperatures as the LGAs?Quote

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