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Report: Upcoming Socket FM2+ Will Support Older Trinity and Richland APUs

Earlier we informed you that AMD is preparing a new socket called 'socket FM2+.' While we knew that this socket was built specifically for the Kaveri APUs, a new report now indicates that the socket will be backwards compatible with 'older' Trinity APUs, as well as the just-released Richland APUs.

The folks over at also managed to get a snapshot of the FM2+ socket that looks remarkably similar to the FM2 socket. The difference between the sockets lies in two pins, two that are covered on the FM2 socket, but uncovered on the FM2+ socket. This means that while 'older' Trinity and Richland APUs will drop right into the FM2+ socket, it also means that the upcoming Kaveri APUs will not fit, or work in the current FM2 socket -- pins will bend.

This is good news for owners of either Trinity or Richland APUs, because it means that if you want functionality found on newer boards, or if your current board breaks down, you have more cherries from which to pick.