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Hi guys.

Obviously in today's reality it isn't very wise to buy an AM2 processor and motherboard. However, I've read somewhere that K8L will still use the AM2 socket(for desktops). Is this true?

If so, is it wise then to buy an AM2 socket board+CPU and upgrade later on this year?
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K8L will use AM2+ which will be backwards compatible with the normal AM2 that is currently out
    
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K8L will use AM2+ which will be backwards compatible with the normal AM2 that is currently out
In which way? CPU can be run in K8L mobos, or AM2+ CPUs in K8 mobos?
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K8L will work in both AM2+ and AM2 boards, the only difference between them is that the normal AM2 boards don't have HT3
    
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K8L will work in both AM2+ and AM2 boards, the only difference between them is that the normal AM2 boards don't have HT3
Oh, ok. Thanks for that.

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I get that all the time (the 30 second message that is... )

And as far I know, it's forward compatible. You can't plunk AM2 CPUs in the newer boards..correct?
    
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thank you.
Will AM2 socket boards(not AM2+) support AM3 socket processors?
I know AM3 will support AM2+ but with DDR II memory.

I'm more of an Intel guy myself - would you please explain me what HT is for? and how HT3 will improve things?

EDIT: Chozart and gonX - You won't be able to put AM2 processors in AM3 boards, because there isn't any DDR3 controller built in within these processors. It might be possible to put them in AM2+ boards. Not sure about that..
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The dual core version of the K8L or Stars, whatever they're called, will work on AM2 infrastructure, but with a slight downside. K8L supports HyperTransport 3.0 (double the speed of the current HT) and by placing a K8L CPU on a AM2 platform it will be limited to HT2.0. This means that it would work @HTT1000 like all current athlons, not @HTT2000.

To me this in meaningless since it's suppose the extra bandwidth helps the Quad-Cores and systems that have som' like Quad SLI 8800GTX... I'll pass.

For the record, folowing a post I've seen yesterday I've tested my non-sli single core rig @HTT400 (multi 2x)... no difference at all between this and HTT1000, so why should I bother with 2000? If you have in mind buying a quad SLI+quad cored CPUs better wait for AM3.
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AM3 CPU's might or might not be backwards compatible with AM2 or AM2+ boards, DDR3 and DDR2 are too different to fit in the same slot so unless AM3 comes with a DDR2 IMC it won't work

HTT and FSB do pretty much the same thing (CPU<-->Chipset)

HTT3 shouldn't bring any improvements for single socket CPU's
    
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From what I heard, it's going to be forward compatible (not backward). Thus, an AM3 CPU will fit in an AM2 board (and can deal with DDR2), but an AM2 CPU cannot fit in an AM3 board.

Similar with K8L I believe.

But oh well... with anything.. we'll probably have to wait and see
    
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