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New retention mechanism

1207 pins
AMD's new LGA-1207 is ready for quad-core Opterons

Although at this time, details are scarce, we are able to reveal some images of AMD's next-generation Opteron socket, called Socket F. AMD's Socket F will be a LGA-type socket with 1207 pins, and is an entirely new design from current Opteron sockets. We've read that the new socket will be used for upcoming dual-core Opterons as well as quad-core Opterons. The new socket comes with an updated retention mechanism.

Intel adopted the LGA socket design with Prescott to reduce cost and also to reduce the defect rate on processors.  After all, would you rather scrap a $600 CPU for a bent pin, or a $100 motherboard for a bent land grid?  A few days ago, we got some pictures of the upcoming Intel 771 LGA socket for Xeon motherboards.

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RE: What about AM2?
By JackPack on 2/23/2006 5:23:08 PM , Rating: 2
Bride? Not sure what you mean.

AM2 is supposed to consolidate the consumer desktop socket. Sempron and Athlon will jump to AM2.

Socket F is supposed to support quad-core as well as move the PCIe tunnel to the CPU.

RE: What about AM2?
By Furen on 2/23/2006 6:17:15 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about a PCIe tunnel (since it hasn't been confirmed) but I do know that the width (or perhaps frequency) of the HT links will be increased and there will be more HT links to allow up to 32-way (socket) glueless designs. I seriously doubt that Athlons will migrate to this socket any time soon because the packaging should be quite a bit more expensive. I'd assume we'll stick to socket AM2 until AMD decides to go to DDR3 two or three years.

RE: What about AM2?
By Fenixgoon on 2/23/2006 8:58:08 PM , Rating: 2
*bridge*.. blasted G key :P

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