What are the differences between the different socketboards

rdefino

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I'm looking at building a power house of a system. I'm thinking of using AMD.I what to be able to play games and do video editing. I was looking at the Asus boards and there are so many different sockets. What are the differences in the sockets? Why would I get one over the other. Are there any good links that explain this?

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function9

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Howdy,
If you're looking at an AMD system, the most current socket is AM2. The previous AMD socket was s939. And s754 before that (which is now used as budget or lowend platforms). While they look similar they are not the same. When you're looking at boards look at the AM2 ones and you'll be fine.

Socket changes are common with cpus. As different hardware and features are added. Different sockets are used, to increase the number of pins that will be transmitting data or that carry power or to do the same things more efficiently. In the case of AMD, they went from the s939 (939 pins) to AM2 (940 pins) to use different memory (DDR1 to DDR2).

Here's some reading:
http://www.answers.com/topic/cpu-socket
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/373