processors Intel Arrow Lake S they will release a new LGA 1851 socket initially announced for Meteor Lake. This means that users will have to change their motherboards and also their heatsinks, since the first details leaked The design of this new socket and platform show that, although the measurements of the holes for anchoring heatsinks will be the same, the pressure required for their coupling is doubled.
Specifically, we went from a heatsink fixing pressure to the CPU of 489.5 N that we had in LGA 1700, to 923 N for the new LGA 1851. This new platform will add four PCI Express 5.0 lanes between the CPU and the ports M.2, along with four other PCIe 4.0 lanes.
LGA 1700 hit the market in 2021, and considering that Arrow Lake processors are expected in 2024, the platform will only have lasted 3 years, making it a socket with a fairly short life that will force users who want to switch to the new generation of CPUs to throw away their motherboards.
We will have to wait for its official launch to find out more details about this new platform. Heatsink manufacturers may release kits to add LGA 1851 compatibility to their current heatsinks, though we’ll have to see if all heatsinks can handle that increased mounting pressure.
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