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Am I the only one who believes PGA is a better design over LGA?

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Despite the fact that CPUs in LGA sockets are known to be faster and perform better than PGA socket CPUs, Imagine the pain it would be to accidentally bend or dirty the LGA pins on a motherboard - I think that's much worse than having to throw away a PGA CPU for having bent/dirty pins... That's one of the reasons I stick with AMD, since most of their CPUs are still in PGA format. Any comments on this design difference?
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I think LGA is better. Much more protection for the pins in the mobo socket and if you damage them you can send it back for a socket replacement, with a CPU I believe you are stuffed. Also the hold down is rubbish, the first system I bought was a pre-build AMD and some pleb used addesive TIM so when I pulled the heat sink off the CPU came with it and bent 2 pins as with LGA the CPU is held in place.
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I don't think it really make a difference which side the pins are on in the end.
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LGA has superior electrical properties, but is more fragile and less convenient to repair.

That said, I prefer LGA because my CPUs tend to cost more than my motherboards. If one is going to break beyond repair, I'd rather it be the board.
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cpus are generally more expensive than motherboards these days so anybody with a shred of practical thinking would prefer LGA
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Originally Posted by driftingforlife View Post

the first system I bought was a pre-build AMD and some pleb used addesive TIM so when I pulled the heat sink off the CPU came with it and bent 2 pins as with LGA the CPU is held in place.

This has happened to me on lots of old AMD builds D; even if I let it heat up a while then strip it down fast, 50% of the time the CPU rips out of the socket and is stuck to the bottom of the cooler, luckily it's never damaged a CPU though.. biggrin.gif
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I don't remember the last time my intel cpu came out of the socket attached to the heatsink. Probably because it hasn't happened.

I do, however, remember when my newly purchased phenom II came out of the socket stuck to the heat sink. I shat many bricks.

As a guy above me said, I'd rather have the pins bend on my board than my cpu because the cpu tends to cost more than the board.
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I've ripped so many PGA CPUs out of the socket...

I prefer LGA for its retention plate alone.
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I always wonder why AMD hasnt switched to an LGA design yet. i think its much safer for the processor if you have an LGA socket. ive dropped a few CPUs in my day and with an LGA proc there is no chance to bend anything on it. the LGA socket on the motherboard is fragile, but even if you drop the motherboard youre not likely to damage the socket
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Despite the fact that CPUs in LGA sockets are known to be faster and perform better than PGA socket CPUs, Imagine the pain it would be to accidentally bend or dirty the LGA pins on a motherboard - I think that's much worse than having to throw away a PGA CPU for having bent/dirty pins... That's one of the reasons I stick with AMD, since most of their CPUs are still in PGA format. Any comments on this design difference?

I disagree.

* PGA takes up more area on the motherboard than LGA.
* LGA can fit more pins vs PGA. It is the reason why C32 and G34 are in LGA format.
* It is more likely to have a bent CPU than a bent motherboard during shipping.
* LGA is also more secure than PGA. I have heard the horror story where people trying to remove heatsink only ended puling the CPU out as well because TIM is too sticky and lack of hold down on PGA.
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