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Difference between AM3+ White and Black Sockets

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August 19, 2012 6:44:50 PM

I dont believe colors matter. As long as the boards state what socket they are then that is what it is.
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August 19, 2012 7:49:36 PM

GhislainG said:
It looks like there's a difference: http://starredreviews.com/difference-between-am3-and-am...

That short article seems to differentiate between AM3 Wht sockets and AM3+ Blk sockets. I already understood those differences. I was wondering about the AM3+ sockets that come in both blk and wht.
If you scroll thru these AM3+ boards I looked at on Newegg's site, most do come in blk but some have wht sockets.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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a c 236 V Motherboard
August 19, 2012 9:03:49 PM

I just compared 2 Biostar motherboards (A960G+ and A880GZ) and the sockets are not the same. The black socket has one more pin and the holes are larger.
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August 19, 2012 10:15:19 PM

GhislainG said:
I just compared 2 Biostar motherboards (A960G+ and A880GZ) and the sockets are not the same. The black socket has one more pin and the holes are larger.

OK... good to know. But what does that tell me? The larger pins of the Buldozer CPUs won't fit AM3 sockets?
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August 19, 2012 10:33:45 PM

AM3 and AM3+ are two different sockets, while AM3+ sockets are backwards compatible and can use AM3 processors. AM3+ processors are not guaranteed to work on old AM3 socket motherboards. but if they are both designated as AM3+ then they are the same.
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August 20, 2012 1:23:10 AM

holdingholder said:
AM3 and AM3+ are two different sockets, while AM3+ sockets are backwards compatible and can use AM3 processors. AM3+ processors are not guaranteed to work on old AM3 socket motherboards. but if they are both designated as AM3+ then they are the same.

So there's no difference between boards with blk and wht AM3+ sockets except the color?
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August 20, 2012 2:48:48 AM

box o rocks said:
So there's no difference between boards with blk and wht AM3+ sockets except the color?

If a new CPU with the extra pin is released, then it will only be compatible with the black socket (AM3b). Why would one buy a white socket motherboard over the newer black socket? Most AMD motherboards now have the black socket along with a newer chipset.

A good explanation of why AM3b is better: http://whatswithjeff.com/amd-black-am3b-socket/
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August 20, 2012 3:39:37 PM

GhislainG said:
If a new CPU with the extra pin is released, then it will only be compatible with the black socket (AM3b). Why would one buy a white socket motherboard over the newer black socket? Most AMD motherboards now have the black socket along with a newer chipset.

A good explanation of why AM3b is better: http://whatswithjeff.com/amd-black-am3b-socket/

So white sockets are not AM3+ sockets even though they are advertised as being AM3+?
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a c 236 V Motherboard
August 20, 2012 4:21:38 PM

Since they support current AM3+ processors, they can be called AM3+. I'd still recommend buying a motherboard with the AM3b socket.
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August 20, 2012 7:21:59 PM

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August 20, 2012 7:23:43 PM

GhislainG said:
Since they support current AM3+ processors, they can be called AM3+. I'd still recommend buying a motherboard with the AM3b socket.

I see. Now I begin to understand. Marketing. OK, black (AM3b) AM3+ it is. Thanks.
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August 20, 2012 11:18:35 PM

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