Image of Massive Intel LGA7529 Socket Leaks Online

Image of Massive Intel LGA7529 Socket Leaks Online

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You thought that Intel’s LGA4677 socket for 4th Generation Xeon Scalable ‘Sapphire Rapids’ processors was massive? A detailed image of Intel’s next-generation LGA7259 socket emerges (courtesy of Marvin Sevilla aka @SprayOnCopper) and demonstrates that this future socket is far larger than the current design. In fact, LGA7259 can probably challenge AMD’s SP5 socket with 6,096 contacts.

Measuring 61 × 82mm without retention mechanism, Intel’s LGA4677 for Xeon Scalable ‘Sapphire Rapids’ and ‘Emerald Rapids’ CPUs is already quite a massive socket. Yet, as the image published by Marvin Sevilla shows, it is considerably smaller than the company’s upcoming LGA7259 socket for Intel’s Granite Rapids and Sierra Forest CPUs that will pack more cores and will consume more power than Intel’s previous offerings. 

The actual dimensions of Intel’s LGA7259 are not publicly known (they are available to developers, of course), but based on what we know about the dimensions of Intel’s current 4th Gen Xeon Scalable CPU, it looks like we are dealing with a socket that measures approximately 66 × 92.5mm including retention mechanism. Yet, AMD’s 6,096-pin SP5 socket for EPYC ‘Genoa’ and ‘Bergamo’ processors has a footprint of 93.4mm × 120.3mm with retention mechanism so it dwarfs both Intel’s LGA4677 and LGA7259. 

(Image credit: @SprayOnCopper/Twitter)

Intel’s 4th Generation Xeon Scalable ‘Sapphire Rapids’ processors have a thermal design power of up to 350W, yet the peak power delivery limit for an LGA4677 socket is 764W, according to media reports. Intel’s next generation CPUs in LGA7259 package are said to feature a TDP of around 500W, so their peak consumption will likely top 1 kW.  

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