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Intel’s LGA1800 Socket Spotted: LGA1700’s Relative

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Hardware blogger @momomo_us has published a photo of an LGA-17xx/LGA-18xx socket cover, indicating the two sockets will have some similarities, like the same physical dimensions and cooling mounts.

Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake processors for desktop PCs will use a brand-new LGA1700 form-factor and an appropriate socket, marking Intel’s first radical upgrade of its sockets for mainstream desktop CPUs since 2004. The new LGA1700 socket will retain the 37.5mm width of today’s sockets, but it will be longer at 45mm. That means it could need different cooler mounting mechanisms. More importantly, the new CPUs are expected to be 0.8mm shorter than today’s processors, making most existing coolers obsolete.  

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