An overclocker named Nam Dae Won has de-lidded an AMD AM4 “Bristol Ridge” APU, giving us first look at AMD’s new AM4 CPUs. Those who don’t know what “Delidded” is, it’s a process of removing the IHS (integrated heat spreader) the metal cover that you see on the top side of the CPU.
From this pictures, we can see AMD is using high-quality TIM between the die and the IHS, which could either be solder or liquid metal. There’s also a clear picture of the underside pin-grid of the AM4 chip, which has a central cutout that lacks any SMT components. Socket AM4 has 1,331 pins. We are expecting AMD to launch its first Zen CPUs on January 17th.