Socket AM3+

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Socket AM3+
Socket AM3+ IMGP6390 wp.jpg
Type PGA-ZIF
Chip form factors PGA
Contacts 942 (Socket)
938 (CPU)
FSB protocol HyperTransport 3.1
FSB frequency 200 MHz System clock
HyperTransport up to 3.2 GHz
Processors Phenom II
Athlon II
FX

This article is part of the CPU socket series

AM3+ is a modification of the AM3 Socket designed for CPUs which use the AMD Bulldozer microarchitecture and retains compatibility with AM3 processors.[1] The Vishera line of AMD CPUs also all utilize Socket AM3+.

The AM3+ Socket specification contains a few noteworthy design changes over its AM3 predecessor. The 942-pin socket count for the AM3+ is an increase of one over the AM3 Socket's 941-pin socket layout.[2] The AM3+ Socket has larger pin socket diameter of 0.51 mm compared to 0.45 mm with the AM3 Socket. There is a faster serial link of 3400 kHz from the CPU to the power controller, compared to 400 kHz. The AM3+ Socket offers improved power regulation and power quality specifications, including an increased maximum current support of 145 A versus 110 A. There is also a redesigned CPU cooler retention harness allowing for slightly better airflow for CPU cooling, while retaining cooler backward compatibility.[3]

Some manufacturers have brought AM3+ support to some of their AM3 motherboards via a simple BIOS upgrade.[4] Mechanical compatibility has been confirmed and it's possible for AM3+ CPUs to fit in AM3 boards, provided they can supply enough peak current. Another issue is the use of the sideband temperature sensor interface for reading the temperature from the CPU. Therefore, some CPU PWM fan pins may only run at full speed. Also, certain power-saving features may not work, due to lack of support for rapid VCore switching.[5]


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  1. ^ AMD Bulldozer CPUs get early motherboard support - News - PC & Tech Authority, Pcauthority.com.au, 2011-04-04, retrieved 2012-04-06 
  2. ^ AMD FX-8150 3.60 GHz with Windows Patches, TechPowerUp, 2012-02-13, retrieved 2012-04-06 
  3. ^ ASRock AMD Real AM3+ motherboards, www.asrock.com, retrieved 2012-04-06 
  4. ^ http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/AM3_PLUS_Ready/[dead link]
  5. ^ Cebit: ASRock zeigt eine Reihe an AM3+ Mainboards mit alten Chipsätzen, PCTreiber.Net, 2011, retrieved 2012-01-10