neutropeniaboy

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Can someone explain to me the whole concept of "sockets" with respect to CPUs? Like: the P4 757 socket v. the AMD 64 754 socket or 939 socket. What the hell?
 

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the "socket" is the format for the pins in the bottom of the chip and the part on the motherboard that accepts the CPU, and it often also specifies the voltage. The number indicates the number of pins (usually, there is "socket A"). You can't plug a Socket X into a Socket Y, unless you have a converter, and those are rather rare. The pinout on the chip and motherboard can be important if you're thinking you may upgrade your CPU. It's also possible these days for chips to vary based on socket in subtle ways (more/less cache, slightly different frequency, bus speed, etc).
 

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neutropeniaboy said:
Can someone explain to me the whole concept of "sockets" with respect to CPUs? Like: the P4 757 socket v. the AMD 64 754 socket or 939 socket. What the hell?

939 supports dual channel DDR, comes in a 90nm flavor and overclocks like a mofo at stock volatge :D

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