Rob423

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Just wondering the life span of this socket?

If I build with a Phenom II cpu... how many more cpu's will come out after to upgrade to? that will fit in Am3/am3+ boards? Just wondering...

online I'm reading the AM3+ is for future "Zambezi" CPUs which use the new Bulldozer microarchitecture and will retain compatibility with AM3 processors.. So I guess this architecture is good enough for 5-8 years?
 

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I would not expect any new AM3 CPUs now that AMD has moved to Zambezi/FX and the AM3+ socket. No one except AMD can predict the lifespan of a socket design but I'm thinking the desktop Piledriver core CPUs coming as BD/Zambezi/FX upgrades might use the same AM3+ socket.
 
AM3+ basically was designed to support zembezi/BD which is currently out now (FX 8150, 8120)

I believe the AM3+ should also support PileDriver the next revision of zembezi - although I am not 100% sure on that. So I would say it will be compatible for the next 1-2 years.

Its quite hard to predict where everything will be in 5-8 years. I'm guessing by then AMD will be using something like AM4...

Here are some links for you to check out if you so wish:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_AM3

http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2195966
 

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realistically I plan on doing the build in Late January... moving at the end of the year... wanna buy a new desk, setup my new room and then build everything instead of having to travel with everything.. im in no rush.. i'm looking at hardware, doing some research and i think im gonna settle on what I said, prices can only go down from here on out :)