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News AMD socket AM3 processors to work in AM2 boards

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Tim S, 20 Jul 2007.

  1. Tim S

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    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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  3. Tim S

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    AM2+ is a bridge between AM2 and AM3... AM2+ has HT3.0 and improved power management (as stated in the article) and AM3 adds DDR3. However, the good thing is that AMD isn't changing the power requirements for AM2+ or AM3, which ultimately means there should be no physical issue preventing AM3 chips running in AM2 boards.
     
  4. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

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    But as I say, it's been known about since June 2006!
     
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    I'd rather have a faster/more efficient CPU then a CPU which I can drop into older motherboards and stuff. I'm still skeptical bout AMD's upcoming lineups, especially given the arrival of Penryn not too far from now
     
  6. cpemma

    cpemma Ecky thump

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    So would everybody, but the point is, when, in the not-too-distant future, you can't buy a new AM2 processor for your "old" AM2 motherboard you can drop in an AM3. Sure, you'll be crippling it, but you won't be lashing out on a new mobo and new memory. Good for most business and SOHO systems. :thumb:
     
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    i am still waiting for this phenom and the Bit-tech review.
     
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    /\ ditto, and how about a few more DX10 games while we're at it....
     
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    Its good if you wanna upgrade your pc slowly (or you have no other option, like me).
     
  10. Tyinsar

    Tyinsar 6 screens 1 card since Nov 17 2007

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    I guess this is good news for me since I just bought an AM2 board but realistically if I later bought an AM3 processor for it what would I do with the old CPU? (Yes, I could sell it IF I found someone who had an AM2 board without a CPU but at that time I suspect those will be like finding a new 754/940/939 board is now.) I find it best to just upgrade the MB & CPU at the same time.

    Still, to me it shows AMD is thinking of it's customers (because sometimes changing the board causes way too many hassles - especially in a business) :thumb:
     
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    So I guess the idea is that an AM2 chip isn't forward compatible to AM2+ nor AM3 but any chip from AM2+ and AM3 is backwards compatible, it'll just be slower. So it's not really a new socket just a new specing for the chips.
     
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    afaik an AM2 CPU should be usable in an AM2+ board & in theory would also be in an AM3 board except that an AM3 board is unlikely to have DDR2 sockets for RAM (mind you someone like Asrock may make a combo).
    Of course an AM2 CPU wouldn't be able to use the extra features (split power planes etc.) that the future sockets will offer.
     
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    Granted this may be of questionable value, but it feels good to see a company NOT trying to shaft their customers by making them buy hardware they don't really need. It's stuff like this that keeps me an AMD fanboi!
     
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    I upgraded to AM2 specifically for this reason when DDR2 hit its lowest price point. Ended up getting a X2 3600 (now at 2.8Ghz), an abit KN9 Ultra and 4Gb of cas4 DDR2 for just over £200. When the new AMD CPUs are released, it should offer a decent upgrade path.
     
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