After the official debut of the Intel LGA1200 platform, the attention of hardware lovers switched to LGA1700. For the first time we heard about this socket in early January. It will be compatible with Alder Lake-S processors, which are supposed to bring the big.LITTLE concept to the desktop segment, and will debut in 2021-2022. Most interestingly, the Intel LGA1700 platform promises to be a long-liver.
Fresh leaks indicate that three generations of Intel CPUs will immediately receive the LGA1700 design, while for the current LGA1200 platform two processor families are planned: Comet Lake-S and Rocket Lake-S.
It is expected that with the new socket, the chip maker will switch to DDR5 RAM in the desktop segment. However, here the sources disagree. It is impossible to exclude the option when in new boards it will be possible to meet connectors for DDR4 and DDR5 modules. The main competitor of Intel LGA1700 will be the AMD AM5 platform, the release of which is expected in 2022.
The first generation of LGA1700 chips, as mentioned above, is codenamed Alder Lake-S. In these processors, Intel intends to combine eight “large” cores with Golden Cove architecture and eight energy-efficient Gracemont cores. A 10-nm process technology will be used for their production. Following Alder Lake-S, the Meteor Lake-S chips will debut. It is difficult to say exactly which innovations these CPUs will bring, however, their release will already involve 7-nm technology.