Monday, April 16, 2012

Socket Type Definition

A CPU socket is the location where a CPU is secured on the motherboard. A socket is what allows the processor to communicate with the rest of the computer. Sockets make it very easy to install and remove CPU's. Each CPU generation will require a specific socket type. The motherboard and the processor must use the same socket.

Intel's Socket Types:
LGA 1150 - Used by Haswell CPUs (4th Generation i3, i5 and i7's)
LGA 1155 - Used by Sandy Bridge (2nd Generation i3, i5 and i7's) and Ivy Bridge CPUs (3rd Generation i3, i5 and i7's)
LGA 2011 - Used by high end i7's

AMD's Socket Types:
AM3+ Used by Vishera, Zambezi and other CPU's
FM1 Used by Llano CPU's
FM2 Used by Trinity and Richland CPU's

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