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Sorry if this is a "OMG use google man" question, don't give me that.

When AMD releases its quad core processors, will they use socket AM2? I've heard people mention keywords like "AM2+" and "AM3"...

will motherboards with the current AM2 socket support quad core?
post #2 of 14
At a guess yes, although AMD have a habit of changing sockets too quickly.

I think most AM2 boards will support the Quads
 
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post #3 of 14
Yeah. Rumour has it that they're bringing out AM3, but the processors will also be backwards-compatible with AM2 boards and DDR2 memory, much like the Penryns for Intel
    
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Barcelona is being implemented as a multi-chip module (twin socket motherboard). I'm guessing that the home desktop versions might come in a single socket format but even then there's no firm guarantee that they'll work on current AM2 motherboards.
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I hope AMD doesn't make the absolutely terrible mistake of not supporting quad for current AM2 socket.
post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cait Sith Cat View Post
I hope AMD doesn't make the absolutely terrible mistake of not supporting quad for current AM2 socket.
Indeed, far too many ppl bought into AM2 primarily for DDR2 and CPU future upgradability. There would be an uproar if AM2 boards don't support the next line of CPU's.
 
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post #7 of 14
The first desktop quad-core AMD processor will be Socket AM2+ and FX. Socket AM2+ uses 940 pins and is backwards compatible with AM2. However, you do not get HyperTransport 2.0 (doesn't matter much since HT1 has bandwidth to spare) and no power plane control (your chip will use more power). Socket FX is for AMD's 4x4 configuration and has 1207 pins.
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Quote:
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The first desktop quad-core AMD processor will be Socket AM2+ and FX. Socket AM2+ uses 940 pins and is backwards compatible with AM2. However, you do not get HyperTransport 2.0 (doesn't matter much since HT1 has bandwidth to spare) and no power plane control (your chip will use more power). Socket FX is for AMD's 4x4 configuration and has 1207 pins.
Listen to the man - the first Phenom X4's will be native to socket AM2+. The main difference AM2+ gives is the ability to adjust voltages and possibly even clock speeds for each individual core. AM2+ chips will be backwards compatible with AM2 - however you wont be able to do these individual adjustments.

We dont know whether AM3 will work backwards with Am2+/AM2
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post #9 of 14
I heard that AM3 CPUs will be compatible with AM2+ boards, I'll find a source later.

Barcelona is going to be a dual socket Opty on 1207 or something. Barcelona is not what we're waiting for (unless you run a server I guess). Consumer quad core Phenom is going to be the Agena and the single socket Opteron is the Budapest.
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post #10 of 14
OMG!! Will you use Google?? It's there for a reason you know!!!


Yeah, I'm kidding

I hope it will be atleast backwards compatible with AM2, I no know but I think it will be AM3 only.. Computer hardware seems to work that way too me.

"Lets get the old stuff incompatible ASAP men and they'll be forced to buy our new stuff! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"
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