Hi, I was looking this up, but it's still unclear for me. I have an AMD Athlon II x4 620 processor with 2.6 Ghz base speed and AM3 socket. I was wonder how relevant it was to get a motherboard with HyperTransfer rate(MT/s)/megatransfers per second that supported that speed? It seemed that you had to divide the MT/s by half and you'd have the speed in Ghz, so if my processor is 2.6 ghz, does my motherboard have to have 5200 MT/s minimum to support its speed, otherwise it'll be lowered?
In ways HyperTransport is similar to FSB, but there are different things that effect it, motherboards that are compatible with more than one socket type are mostly effected. It doesnt matter what speed the MT/s is or how fast the cpu, just that the socket of the mobo and the cpu are matched, for example an am2+ cpu in an am3 mobo will work, but with reduced HT link speed, usually 2000MT/s, if am3 cpu goes in am3 socket it will run at its full specified value, usually 5200MT/s. Basically, get the same socket cpu as the motherboard supports for the fastest HT link speeds
sorry for massive reply, but it needs describing fully to be obvious
No problem! On the contrary, thanks for taking your time to reply. That's helpful, but I still have a doubt about it: some motherboards say they're AM3 but still reduce the speed to 2000 MT/s. What should I get in those cases?
March 8, 2012 5:58:59 AM
Just try get a motherboard that supports the new HT version (the 5200MT/s ones) the 2000mt/s is justthe old revision HT link, the motherboard steps down to this if a cpu with a different socket is put in it,
just get a motherboard that supports the full 5200mt/s and the correct socket, and youl get the full 5200MT/s