AMD Confirms Socket AM5 CPUs Will Have 170W TDP, 230W Peak Power

Earlier in the week, AMD broke its silence on the Ryzen 7000 Series CPU and along with it, provided a brief demo of its power against Intel’s most current top-of-the-line 12th generation desktop CPU, the Core i9-12900K. In all its eagerness, though, AMD’s presentation actually held a mistake about its new Socket AM5 and its package power tracking (PPT) limit.

As per its original presentation, AMD said that its Socket AM5 motherboards would have a 170W PPT limit. However, after some careful prodding by Tom’s Hardware’s Paul Alcorn, the chipmaker came forward and owned up to the mistake, stating that the actual PPT of the new socket is actually 230W.

“AMD would like to issue a correction to the socket power and TDP limits of the upcoming AMD Socket AM5. AMD Socket AM5 supports up to a 170W TDP with a PPT up to 230W. TDP*1.35 is the standard calculation for TDP v. PPT for AMD sockets in the “Zen” era, and the new 170W TDP group is no exception (170*1.35=229.5),” the brand said in a statement sent out to Tom’s Hardware.

One thing to note is that even in its official statement, AMD doesn’t actually finger its Ryzen 7000 series lineup, although it is roughly understood that it is obviously the lineup the chipmaker is referring to, when speaking about Socket AM5. As per earlier reports, the top-tier SKUs of the new Zen4-based series will undoubtedly be running at 170W.

For that matter, it is clear that at 170W, we could be looking at some really jacked up 12 and 16-core Ryzen 7000 CPUs; AMD’s current top-tier Zen3-based processors only have a TDP of 105W for both its 12-cores and 16-cores chips. That’s a 65W TDP increase in power that in turn, will translate into faster and higher frequencies and performance.

(Source: Tom’s Hardware)

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