AM2 socket vs AM2+

Hi!

Would be happy to find some information about AM2+ socket, as I have noticed is that is hard to find out if
AM2 and AM2+ is the same in socket build - meaning does AM2+ use the same cpucoolers as the AM2.
Do they fit and gets mounted the same way?

thanks!
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  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_AM2%2B - Don't see what's so hard about that (other than the weird character, but a simple google of "am2+" yields the same first link. They are the exact identical size and shape as AM2.
  2. oscarmax said:
    Hi!

    Would be happy to find some information about AM2+ socket, as I have noticed is that is hard to find out if
    AM2 and AM2+ is the same in socket build - meaning does AM2+ use the same cpucoolers as the AM2.
    Do they fit and gets mounted the same way?

    thanks!

    yes,,and am2 sockets support am2+ cpu's,but at a reduced HT speed....:)
  3. AM2 and AM2+ are phyically compatible IIRC. AM2+ is redesigned electrically for quad(I think) and has a faster connection.

    AM2 CPUs / coolers etc work fine in AM2+
  4. But the question still remains - and I have seen that wiki before and it tells me nothing about the cpucooler question I have.
    Does cpucoolers for the AM2 fit the AM2+ socket? I rather be sure about this so if I buy a AM2 cooler it will fit the AM2+ socket.
  5. kyzarvs said:
    AM2 and AM2+ are phyically compatible IIRC. AM2+ is redesigned electrically for quad(I think) and has a faster connection.

    AM2 CPUs / coolers etc work fine in AM2+



    Thank you kyzarvs! this is the information I was after!
  6. oscarmax said:
    But the question still remains - and I have seen that wiki before and it tells me nothing about the cpucooler question I have.
    Does cpucoolers for the AM2 fit the AM2+ socket? I rather be sure about this so if I buy a AM2 cooler it will fit the AM2+ socket.


    Although the CPU's are compatible between AM2/AM2+, the additional character rendered all coolers incompatible. Fortunately, AMD engineers found a workaround, if you simply draw a '+' on your cooler with a sharpie, it will now fit the new AM2+ socket.
  7. so will AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail work just as good in my existing MSI K9A Platinum board? currently i have a amd 6000+ dual core 64 bit running and am looking to upgrade.
  8. I ama lso wondering about this. Will a quad 2.3 core also run at 9.2 ghs on an am2 and not just an am2+ or will the am2 only recognize some of the cores? And according to wikipedia if you put an am2+ cpu on an am2 mobo it wont have hyper transport 2.0 support, what does that mean?
  9. jmqrsq said:
    so will AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail work just as good in my existing MSI K9A Platinum board? currently i have a amd 6000+ dual core 64 bit running and am looking to upgrade.


    Unfortunately no. On a hardware level it should be possible but MSI has not released a BIOS update to enable the use of the newer processors with you motherboard.

    http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=prodcpusupport&prod_no=259&maincat_no=1

    I have noticed that many of the motherboard manufacturers have stopped releasing BIOS updates for motherboards with the SB600 southbridge.
  10. I'd personally wait for the 45nm Phenom's becuase they are better than the first Phenom's and you can get the Phenom I for cheaper once they are out.
  11. B-Unit said:
    Although the CPU's are compatible between AM2/AM2+, the additional character rendered all coolers incompatible. Fortunately, AMD engineers found a workaround, if you simply draw a '+' on your cooler with a sharpie, it will now fit the new AM2+ socket.


    WOW, Thank you! I've been waiting for someone to tell me how I can fit the cooler on my AM2+ Socket. Before the AM2 would....just kind of fit...After I put the "+" on the side, now it really fits. Thanks again!
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