AMD & AMD2


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Mofaz

Are AMD & AMD2 the same? What socket is AMD2?

I'm in the market for a Socket 939 compatible motherboard, but many of
the motherboards I have looked at say in the title "AMD2". However,
whenever I read the specifications I see something like this:

CPU Socket: Type Socket AM2
CPU Type: Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron

So, when I see the "Athlon 64" I become a bit confused. I'm not sure
if I should buy the motherboard because it clearly states that it is
compatible with AMD2.
 
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geoff

Senior executives need money to gas up the mercedes. How do they get $$$?

- Move from socket 939 to AM2 (and yes they are different, a 939 chip will
not work in an AM2 socket).
- Move monitors from DVI to 'display port' (coming).
- Go from AGP to PCIe.

.. . . an after your Vista system, with AM2, display port, and PCIe is
working. The new standards will be ready and guess what? You are out of
date again, time to buy new hardware.

-g
 
P

Paul

Mofaz said:
Are AMD & AMD2 the same? What socket is AMD2?

I'm in the market for a Socket 939 compatible motherboard, but many of
the motherboards I have looked at say in the title "AMD2". However,
whenever I read the specifications I see something like this:

CPU Socket: Type Socket AM2
CPU Type: Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron

So, when I see the "Athlon 64" I become a bit confused. I'm not sure
if I should buy the motherboard because it clearly states that it is
compatible with AMD2.

There are 37 example motherboards for S939 listed here. With pictures
if you want to look at them. An S939 processor is slightly older,
and uses DDR memory. AMD has reduced the pricing on these processors,
to try to get rid of them.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010200022+1070907495&Subcategory=22

There are 96 motherboards listed here for socket AM2. The AM2 processors
are the latest version, and they use DDR2 memory.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010200022+1070921489&Subcategory=22

You will find both S939 and AM2 processors for sale, and you should
use great care to select a motherboard and a processor that will
fit in the socket. And since the processors use different kinds of
memory, you need to be using the right memory for your selection
as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S939 (939 pins, DDR memory)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_AM2 (940 pins, DDR2 memory)

"AnandTech reported that Socket AM2 system performance was
0-7% faster than Socket 939 equivalents, with most
applications about 2% faster"

HTH,
Paul
 
F

fwibbler

Mofaz said:
Are AMD & AMD2 the same? What socket is AMD2?
There is no such socket.
The company is called AMD.
Their current CPU socket is AM2 (no 'D')
I'm in the market for a Socket 939 compatible motherboard, but many of
the motherboards I have looked at say in the title "AMD2". However,
whenever I read the specifications I see something like this:

CPU Socket: Type Socket AM2
CPU Type: Athlon 64 X2 / Athlon 64 / Sempron
Again, that's socket 'AM2'.
So, when I see the "Athlon 64" I become a bit confused. I'm not sure
if I should buy the motherboard because it clearly states that it is
compatible with AMD2.
There are less socket 939 boards to choose from now as AMD are pushing the
newer AM2 socket and have stopped making the 939 CPUs.

(At least, that's the case for the dual core CPUs and I wouldn't have
anything less than Dual core now)

Socket 939 CPUs were only made up to 4800 and the FX62.
All socket 939 CPUs (Dual core) are becoming hard to find new now.

If you are building a whole new system then I'd definately go the AM2 route
and definately buy a Dual core (X2) if you can afford it.
Cheers!
 
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Jeff

Socket 939 CPUs were only made up to 4800 and the FX62.
All socket 939 CPUs (Dual core) are becoming hard to find new now.

The FX62 is also an AM2, I believe that the FX60 was the highest speed on a
939 socket.

J
 
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