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Well from "recent" intel has 775/1156/1366/1155 and soon to be 2011. AMD only has AM2/AM3 and the + versions of those aforementioned. I'm not including the AMD APU sockets either. Is this just lack of innovation on AMDs part?
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It was actually AMD looking out for their customers in my opinion. They were trying to make more sockets backwards compatible so you didn't have to buy a new motherboard every time a new cpu comes out.
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Well AMD has had: Slot A, Socket A, Socket 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM3, AM3+, and FM1.

So that's quite a bit too. 775 has been around since AMD's Socket A days.

edit// If you count from 775 AMD has had more sockets than intel.
Edited by lonnie5000 - 11/6/11 at 9:33pm
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The main reason Intel has so many CPU sockets is that they force loyal customers to upgrade to a new platform as often as possible. Or at least that's what most enthusiasts seem to believe.
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AMD learned that multiple sockets is bad. I loved AMD and was sticking with them because of that. When I finally decided to jump ship after the FX release, I got a huge headache trying to figure out what I should go with and what would be best. Hoping this 1055 lives a while and doesn't get replaced by the 2011 socket but lives side-by-side with it.
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post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by razaice View Post
It was actually AMD looking out for their customers in my opinion. They were trying to make more sockets backwards compatible so you didn't have to buy a new motherboard every time a new cpu comes out.
Well that is good in a way, but every socket has its limits, and could that attribute to why AMD is kind of behind in the performance division nowadays?
Edited by venomblade - 11/6/11 at 9:34pm
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Originally Posted by Lxcivic2k1 View Post
AMD learned that multiple sockets is bad. I loved AMD and was sticking with them because of that. When I finally decided to jump ship after the FX release, I got a huge headache trying to figure out what I should go with and what would be best. Hoping this 1055 lives a while and doesn't get replaced by the 2011 socket but lives side-by-side with it.
You mean 1155 right? After Ivy Bridge Intel will use LGA1150 with Haswell and possibly Broadwell. Yep, another new socket.
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AMD got burned moving from AM to AM2. Intel launched Core 2 at about the same time.... and wrecked AMD.
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Well that is good in a way, but every socket has its limits, and could that attribute to why AMD is kind of behind in the performance division nowadays?
In a way yes. See how LGA1155 has integrated north bridge? Socket AM2/AM3 still uses north bridge and south bridge. Haswell is expected to have part of the south bridge integrated into the CPU.
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As said before Historically AMD has had just about as many sockets as intel if you leave intels server variants out.

But once they Hit AM they really kept it solid for awhile. Mind you there still is always having to have the right chipset or in the better cases having the best one to support ALL your features not just the ones that get you booted.

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You mean 1155 right? After Ivy Bridge Intel will use LGA1150 with Haswell and possibly Broadwell. Yep, another new socket.
I would hope so it would be a pretty horrible idea to try and bring Haswell onto anything close to chipset compatible with Ivy bridge with what they seem to be doing with it. Older chipsets would hold it back why keep the same socket since your moving foward entirely?
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