Quick question, mostly to satisfy my curiosity...
Can an AM2+ processor fit and work in the correct manner when fitted to an AM2 motherboard?
(It's old tech, and I was looking to build an el cheapo pc for somebody, parts were within the price I quoted)
Best Answer abecedarian paradoxious , 12 December 2013 - 22:33
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Main article: Socket AM2+
Socket AM2+ is an intermediate successor to socket AM2, which features split power planes, and HyperTransport 3.0. Socket AM2+ chips can plug into a socket AM2 motherboard (although certain motherboard manufacturers do not support this), but operate only with HyperTransport 2.0. AM2 CPUs are no longer manufactured, and are usually only available second hand.
Main article: Socket AM3
Socket AM3 processors are able to run on Socket AM2 and AM2+ motherboards with appropriate bios updates, but not vice-versa. AM3 processors have a new memory controller supporting both DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM, allowing backwards compatibility with AM2 and AM2+ motherboards. Since AM2 and AM2+ processors lack the new memory controller, they will not work on AM3 motherboards.