AMD Ryzen Processors Get First Pictures – Final Heat Spreader Design Shown


The folks over at Videocardz.com have gotten their hands on the first proper Ryzen pictures and the CPU Package has been pictured in all its glory. It looks like AMD will be sticking with the Ryzen logo as well as branding for the final product and is getting ready to ship. There are quite a lot of Ryzen CPUs in this picture, most of which are the final ready-to-ship samples.

Upcoming Ryzen processors pictured in all their glory - heat spreader design finalized with the Ryzen logo

We also have a closeup of the backside of the Ryzen processor with all its pins pictured. The Ryzen processor is a 1331 PGA socket which means you are looking at a theoretical 1331 pins in this picture. Some motherboard manufacturers may decide to increase or drop a few pin sockets in certain custom motherboards (to allegedly improve overclockability).

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PGA form factors are usually more reliable than LGA packaging and this means that these things (or rather the motherboard socket in question) will be less prone to accidental damage than Intel LGA based motherboards. I have seen many a first time builders destroying the motherboard socket whilst taking the cover off; this is something that will be very hard to do with the Ryzen/AM4 combo.

Backside of the Ryzen Processor pictured. Courtesy of Videocardz.com

All AM4 APUs & CPUs feature integrated southbridges and natively support significantly more PCIe lanes & USB devices than before.That in addition to AM4’s cross-compatibility feature have been the primary drivers of the hefty 40%+ growth in pin contacts from AM3+ to AM4. To accommodate this the number of traces going in and out of the socket has also increased dramatically. This has unfortunately necessitated an adjustment of the socket’s cooler/heatsink mounting holes. Effectively breaking compatibility with all previous generation coolers for AM2, AM2+, AM3 & AM3+.

Picture of a Ryzen Engineering Sample. Courtesy of Videocardz.com

These pictures also mean that AMD is gearing up for a full blown launch and its anxiously anticipated comeback. Ryzen will be priced significantly below its blue counterparts, the price/performance metric we are talking about should be unprecedented and potentially monopoly-breaking in nature. This particular estimation was done using a base clock of 3.7 GHz, which is a fairly realistic estimator considering the “ZD” sample we saw earlier had a base clock of 3.6 GHz. All that we need to know now is the pricing of Zen and all the pieces will fall in line. Here is the complete lineup:

AMD Ryzen 7 1800X8/1616MB95W3.6GHz4.0GHz4.0GHz+Yes$489
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X8/1616MB95W3.4GHz3.8GHz3.8GHz+Yes$389
AMD Ryzen 7 17008/1616MB65W3.0GHz3.7GHzN/AYes$319
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X6/1216MB95W3.3GHz3.7GHz3.7GHz+Yes$259
AMD Ryzen 5 15006/1216MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/AYes$229
AMD Ryzen 5 1400X4/88MB65W3.5GHz3.9GHz3.9GHz+Yes$199
AMD Ryzen 5 13004/88MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/AYes$175
AMD Ryzen 3 1200X4/48MB65W3.4GHz3.8GHz3.8GHz+Yes$149
AMD Ryzen 3 11004/48MB65W3.2GHz3.5GHzN/AYes$129