AMD has only just officially announced its next-gen Ryzen 7000 “Raphael” processors, and to keep the hype going and educate the future owners of a Zen 4 CPU, MSI has posted a video tutorial showing how to install it. of the new chip.
The tutorial is not only helpful but also gives us a good idea of both the chip and socket. More importantly, it shows how easy it seems to install the new chip.
AMD isn’t just releasing the next generation of its CPUs – it’s also switching to an all-new socket after staying true to the AM4 for over five years. Of course, this means a slew of new motherboards, and MSI is one of the first manufacturers to unveil its upcoming lineup. The video therefore shows off an upcoming MSI motherboard paired with a Zen 4 CPU.
Many users find the prospect of building a PC or even installing a processor intimidating. However, it seems that AMD is heading in the right direction with its next-gen products, as the installation process looks very simple. The manufacturer has certainly made improvements that make positioning and inserting the chip easier, by adding two notches as opposed to the small triangle that we have all become accustomed to by now.
An interesting detail immediately comes to light: the socket cover is transparent instead of black. Design-wise, the AM5 socket is similar to Intel’s LGA115x, so if you’ve ever tackled installing an Intel CPU, you probably won’t need any tutorials whatsoever.
According to MSI’s video, to install your new Zen 4 CPU, you have to start by pushing down on the socket lever. This releases the charging plate. The next step is to pick up the new AM5 chip with your thumb and index finger. If you look closely at the chip, you’ll see that AMD has added two socket notches to the processor, making it easier to align it properly. Carefully and slowly lower it into the socket – don’t try to force it.
Once you are sure that the processor is seated firmly and firmly in the socket, you can move on to the next step, which is lowering the charging plate. Then push the cap lever back. This will cause the processor cover to pop off by itself.
While the tutorial itself is helpful, what’s perhaps even more interesting is the insight it gives us into the chip and the socket itself. AM5 brings many changes and has a different design than chips intended for the AM4 platform. AMD has finally moved from a Pin Grid Array (PGA) design to a Land Grid Array (LGA) design. This means that the chips no longer have pins on the surface, only contacts, because the pins are inside the socket.
From an installation standpoint, this is a good thing – you no longer have to worry about the possibility of bending the pins on your chip. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful when installing a Zen 4 CPU, as you don’t want to bend the pins on your socket as much as you don’t want to bend them on the CPU itself.
The AM5 socket comes with 1,718 pins, which is 18 more than Intel’s LGA1700 socket used for the Alder Lake processors. Intel plans to keep the same socket (and pin layout) for its upcoming next-generation Raptor Lake CPUs as well.
It’s worth noting that in the video, MSI paired the CPU with an AMD Wraith Prism cooler. The AM5 socket will continue to support AM4 coolers, which is nice if you’re upgrading, but realistically a cooler is much cheaper than buying new RAM – which you should do because AMD Ryzen 7000 only supports DDR5 memory.
Tom’s Hardware was the first to see MSI’s video, which has unfortunately since been made private. Maybe MSI isn’t quite ready to share the tutorial with the world yet. There’s still plenty of time, though: the Zen 4 CPUs won’t be launched until the fall.