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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: I'd rather bend cpu pin
By Furen on 2/24/2006 1:04:58 AM , Rating: 3
Well, the motherboard is pretty much fixed whenever you install a CPU, so having it fall over and the like just doesn't happen. I've lost count of how many CPUs have been ripped from their ZIF socket because the thermal compound hardened, and this almost always leads to lots of bent pins, as does dropping the CPU. People handle CPUs rather roughly and having 1207 pins to bend would be pretty bad. With an LGA setup the socket itself protects the pins to a major extent.

RE: I'd rather bend cpu pin
By Alphafox78 on 2/24/2006 12:46:31 PM , Rating: 2
How does hardened termal compound rip a cpu from its zif socket?! I guess I should check to see if my compound is hardened, I wouldnt want the CPU to get riped out!!

RE: I'd rather bend cpu pin
By Furen on 2/24/2006 3:25:58 PM , Rating: 1
The hardened thermal compount rips the CPU out of the socket when you try to remove the heatsink, that's why people recommend "warming up" the CPU and giving the heatsink a little twist when removing it. Do you understand or do I need to draw it for you?

By NullSubroutine on 3/2/2006 6:04:14 PM , Rating: 2
ive pulled my 754 newcastle out of its place several times, still works like a pretty penny.

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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