points blogger @momomo_us A photo of the LGA-17xx/LGA-18xx socket cover has been released, showing that the two sockets will have some similarities, such as the same physical size and cooling bracket.
Intel’s upcoming desktop Alder Lake processors will use a new LGA1700 form factor and suitable sockets. This is the first time that Intel has completely upgraded the sockets of mainstream desktop CPUs since 2004. The new LGA1700 socket will retain today’s 37.5 mm width socket, but will be longer at 45 mm. This means that it may require a different cooler installation mechanism. More importantly, the new CPU expected It is 0.8 mm shorter than today’s processors, making most existing coolers obsolete.
Unlike Intel’s LGA1700 which has been discussed for a long time, the company’s LGA1800 has only been mentioned once-from Igor Walossek Igor’s LaboratoryWalossek did not specify whether the LGA1700 and LGA1800 sockets will coexist, or whether the latter will replace the former. Since the source of the photo is unknown, please keep any information about the shape of the LGA1800.
There are several different theories about the external dimensions of LGA1800:
- Intel can use LGA1800 for CPUs with some special features. For example, unlocked components, CPUs with built-in high-performance GPUs, or Xeon processors that can use sockets for better power transmission and performance. This will cause considerable trouble for PC manufacturers and motherboard designers, so Intel is unlikely to take this path.
- LGA1800 may be used in future processors, which require a completely different power supply system and are shorter than the Alder Lake design. For example, Intel’s Meter Lake CPU will use a multi-block design, and the blocks will be made using different process technologies. These chips have been out for two years, so they may also be shorter.
Since the early 2010s, Intel’s LGA115x/LGA1200 sockets have shared mechanical parts and cooling installation mechanisms, but they have different pin assignments and power supply circuits. In addition, a special wall bracket prevents the CPU from being installed in the wrong slot. At the same time, motherboard and system manufacturers can continue to use the same mechanical components they are used to. In other words, it is not surprising that Intel will unify as many components as possible between its LGA1700 and LGA1800 form factors.