|Chip form factors||SPGA|
|FSB frequency||66–83 MHz System Clock|
|Voltage range||2.5–3.5 V|
|Processors||75–233 MHz Intel P5 Pentium, AMD K5 through K6, Cyrix 6x86 (and 6x86MX) P120–P233|
This article is part of the CPU socket series
Socket 7 is a physical and electrical specification for an x86-style CPU socket on a personal computer motherboard. The socket supersedes the earlier Socket 5, and accepts P5 Pentium microprocessors manufactured by Intel, as well as compatibles made by Cyrix/IBM, AMD, IDT and others.
Socket 7 was the only socket that supported a wide range of CPUs from different manufacturers and a wide range of speeds.
Differences between Socket 5 and Socket 7 are that Socket 7 has an extra pin and is designed to provide dual split rail voltage, as opposed to Socket 5's single voltage. (However, not all motherboard manufacturers supported the dual voltage on their boards initially.) Socket 7 is backwards compatible; a Socket 5 CPU can be placed in a Socket 7 motherboard.
Processors that used Socket 7 are the AMD K5 and K6, the Cyrix 6x86 and 6x86MX, the IDT WinChip, the Intel P5 Pentium (2.5–3.5 V, 75–200 MHz), the Pentium MMX (166–233 MHz), and the Rise Technology mP6. Current AMD Geode LX and Geode GX still use Socket 7.
- Intel Socket 7 Specification, pcguide.com, retrieved 2009-03-31