Socket-F: LGA and DDR2 for Servers

On the server side, AMD had a working demo of their new Socket-F (1207-pin) Opteron products.  Just like Socket-AM2 and S1, the Socket-F platform supports a dual channel DDR2 memory interface.  The greater number of pins will be useful in accommodating the power needs of quad core Opteron products due out in 2007. With the dramatic increase in pins over the previous Opteron socket, AMD had to move to a LGA interface similar to what Intel uses in all of their desktop CPU sockets.


AMD's Socket-F Opteron in action

While we would've liked to have seen/heard more from AMD, it looks like this will be it for IDF at least. The limelight will be exclusively Intel's at this IDF, Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest await...

Socket-AM2: Desktop DDR2
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  • brownba - Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - link

    why wouldn't AMD move to LGA for all their new sockets? Reply
  • Egglick - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    The recommended specs for the AMD Media PC are so overkill it's laughable. Reply
  • goz314 - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    ho hum. I'm really excited at this product line-up. Can you tell? Reply
  • Questar - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    Yeah. AMD needs their own forum, instead of trying to do damage control at IDF.

    But then considering that AMD is years away from having anything new to market, I guess they have to do something.
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  • JackPack - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    It's almost as if AMD were showing off contraband in those dark hotel suites and meeting rooms.

    If they're financially limited, restrict travel for employees or something.

    But don't show off Opterons and Socket F like that. It's not surprising that they have an image problem and the general perception is that they have a "cheaper" product.
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  • KorruptioN - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    Motherboard AMD Live! Ready (Socket AM2 / up to 95A)

    95W, not 95A. Not even the PCP&C 1KW behemoth PSU can put out 95A, heh. The Turion64 X2 looks very appealing.
    Reply
  • JackPack - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    It's 95A. Think about it for a little. Reply
  • alpha88 - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    Right, 95 amps at 1.4 volts is ~135 watts. Reply
  • psychobriggsy - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    I thought Socket S1 had fewer than 700 pins, around 638? The article currently says 754, which is the current low-end A64/Sempron pin count.

    It is possible that AMD has changed things though - maybe they realised they needed dual-channel DDR2 in the laptop and the S1 that I'm thinking of didn't support it.
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  • Rock Hydra - Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - link

    The article did mention though, that S754 had unused pins, so I'm sure they tweaked it like stated in the article. Reply

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