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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by extr3me, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. extr3me

    extr3me New Member

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    I am looking for a new CPU but can't decide which is proper for my MB. I got confused with AMD's sockets. AM2, AM2+, AM3 what is the difference between them. When checking the Gigabyte's website I can't find AM3 ready logo near specifications for my MB anymore although it used to have one earlyer. So if I bought any AM3 CPU on the market today and probably in the near future will it work without any downgrades or limitations?
  2. largon


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    Socket AM2 boards support DDR2 RAM only and AM2/AM2+ CPUs, Hypertransport 1.0.
    Socket AM2+ boards support DDR2 RAM only and AM2+/AM3 CPUs, supports Hypertransport 3.0.
    Socket AM3 boards support DDR3 only and AM3 CPUs only, supports Hypertransport 3.0.

    AM3 CPUs work in AM2+ and AM3 sockets, with DDR2 and DDR3 RAM respectively. AM3 will be AMD's desktop CPU socket for the next 1½ years. No socket updates until late 2010 or 2011.

    AM3 CPUs should work in your board.
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