AM2: AMD Reinvents Itself

New Retention Module Requires New Heatsink

One of the biggest visible changes is the size of the retention module, which is now fixed on by four screws rather than two.

The new retention module for the AM2 socket is more flexible.

The familiar module for the previous Sockets 939 and 754.

AMD gave it some thought and improved the holding fixture in two respects:

  • The edges on the side of the module have disappeared, making it easier to remove the heatsink. When properly done, the CPU can no longer stick to the heatsink when the latter is removed, as it can now be slid to the side before being lifted off. The condition for this is of course that the memory modules may need to be removed first, depending on board design.
  • By removing the edges, heatsink manufacturers can now work with bigger surface areas, which should mean more effective heatsink designs.
  • The retention module is now fixed with four screws, which not only provides more stability, but also gives heatsink manufacturers greater flexibility.

The new retention module takes up a lot more room; the holes are also bigger.

The small holes for the old heatsink holding fixture.

The lip in the center of the module is still there, enabling the use of old heatsinks held in place by lugs.

The old box heatsink on the new socket is also an option.

On the positive side, retention modules have been developed to enable use of the new heatsink on the old platforms.

Newly developed retention modules can also be mounted on old boards.

The larger holes and greater spacing on the new retention module make it a dream for users who prefer to build and develop their own water cooling or retention systems.

  1. The AMD Generation Comes Of Age
  2. New Socket AM2 With DDR2
  3. Memory Speed: Socket AM2 Vs. Socket 939
  4. Write Performance
  5. Write Performance, Continued
  6. Write Performance, Continued
  7. Memory Speed: AMD Vs. Intel
  8. Memory Speed: AMD Vs. Intel, Continued
  9. The Divider Problem
  10. DDR2 SLI Memory: 10.3 GB Per Second
  11. Automatically Overclocking SLI Memory
  12. Automatically Overclocking SLI Memory, Continued
  13. All New AM2 Processors
  14. The New Socket AM2 With 940 Pins
  15. New Retention Module Requires New Heatsink
  16. Low Dissipation Guaranteed
  17. New Energy-efficient Processors
  18. Heatsinks: Things Gets Louder, Continued
  19. Features: Virtualization And TCPA
  20. Price Comparison: AMD More Expensive Than Intel
  21. Motherboards
  22. Gigabyte
  23. Epox
  24. The New nForce5 Chipset For AM2
  25. LAN Interface With 2 Gbit/s
  26. Test Setup
  27. Benchmarks And Settings
  28. Benchmarks Socket 939 Vs. Socket AM2
  29. Games - DirectX
  30. Games - DirectX, Continued
  31. Video
  32. Video, Continued
  33. Video, Continued
  34. Video, Continued
  35. Audio
  36. Applications
  37. Applications, Continued
  38. Applications, Continued
  39. Multitasking, Continued
  40. Synthetic Benchmarks
  41. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  42. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  43. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  44. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  45. Evaluating The Benchmark Scores
  46. Athlon 64 X2: Now Somewhat Slower
  47. Benchmarks AMD Vs. Intel
  48. Games - DirectX
  49. Games - DirectX, Continued
  50. Video, Continued
  51. Audio
  52. Applications
  53. Applications, Continued
  54. Multitasking
  55. Synthetic Benchmarks
  56. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  57. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  58. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  59. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  60. Synthetic Benchmarks, Continued
  61. AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 Vs. Intel Extreme Edition 965
  62. Conclusion: Good Energy Efficiency, But A Bad Value For Money
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