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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?
Or it could be because AMD hasn't actually designed any significant new architecture lately. This is their first attempt in such a long time, hopefully the next architecture after Piledriver is more competitive for the desktop segment. Posted from a former employee:
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The team that designed the K6-2 was the CMD team, which was formed by the acquisition of a company called Nexgen. That team also designed Athlon 64 and Opteron (Athlon was designed by the TMD team). By 2007, all the key CMD folks were gone. The team that was left sucks, and has accomplished little since then other than shrinks to smaller technology and bolting more of the same cores on.
The statement is pretty true. I mean Phenom II was just tweaks upon tweaks from K8 architecture, if not older. They shrunk the nanometer process here and there, and added more cores. This is one reason why the socket are so similar... The first Phenom II CPU was actually DDR2 only (AM2+/AM2) with the Phenom II 940. When AM3 CPUs came out, they were the same thing but with DDR3 memory controllers in addition to DDR2. Some AM3 boards can actually support Bulldozer, so if Bulldozer had an on-die DDR2 memory controller, it could theoretically work in AM2+ boards.

This is going semi-unrelated, but even look at the chipsets. 790FX - 890FX - 990FX are pretty much the same, but now you can get SLI support. This isn't hardware capability but just Nvidia licensing support. SB750 - SB850 - SB950, you get SATA 6gbps support going from 750 to 850, but 950 is the exact same as the previous gen and they didn't even include native USB 3.0 support.
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AMD can't beat intel at speed so they go for value. having backwards/forwards compatible motherboards is a great strategy. for example, i've been able to use an am2 athlon from 2006 with my am2+ motherboard from 2008 with my am3 cpu from 2009. all without having to change the ram or motherboard. save me a lot of money.
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changing sockets isn't innovation
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