Slot A - Socket A ??!!!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by morpheus2k, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. morpheus2k

    morpheus2k Guest

    This is going to sound like a stupid question, but is Slot A and Socket A the same thing?

    My KA7 (second one) has fried and I need to switch to something different and am thinking of the Gigabyte GA-7ZXR rev 2.2

    Much Appreciated,
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  2. chastity

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    Ok. Slot A was AMD's answer to Intel's to Slot 1. Socket A as I said about Slot A/1 is AMD's answer to Intel's Socket 370 which was used for Pentium III's and Celeron's. AMD still uses the same Socket A tech on the Althon XP's which as u have u r sig is a 462 pin socket as opposed to Intel 478 pin socket which is what all the newer Pentium 4 use. However u can't not use an Intel processor in a Slot/Socket A and the other way applies too. I hope that helps
     
  3. morpheus2k

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    Ok, thanks - that was sort of what I was thinking.

    But "Slot A" searches are coming back with "Socket A" results : (

    Anyone able to recommend a good, STABLE mid-range board for my Slot A 800MHz?

    Thanks!
    M2K
     
  4. morpheus2k

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    Hi Chasity - this is to replace my PRIMARY rig's board. This piece of C$@& I am on now works as well as it ever will.

    My main rig had an Abit KA7, which I have since discovered starts throwing random voltage around the board after about 9 months - I have now gone through 2 of them.

    So need something so I can get my GOOD system functional again...

    Slot A recommendations would rock!

    Thanks!
    M2K
     
  5. chastity

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    Well sorry I had a Slot A Athlon system and the damn thing was one the most unstable system's I've ever seen so I did upgrade to another system that had a Slot 1 PIII @1ghz and now this is a bit strange running with RDram sold the Athlon and motherboard so I don't have any ideas of what a good Slot A would be but I'll do some checking around. From what I've was able to find searching the net its look's like ur outta luck finding anything unless other ppl who have more info on AMD systems posts something cause I was unable to find anything for a Slot A board.....sorry
     
  6. dave holbon

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    I don’t seem to have heard of a “Slot A” don’t you mean “Socket A”. Slot 1 is an old Intel technology where the CPU sat in a riser board with the fan hanging of the CPU. This suffered from vibration problems and as it sat next to the AGP slot and cracked the motherboard at this point, all these boards are now failing at an alarming rate. This is incense (only) was a poor design and was quickly replaced by a design not dissimilar to a “Socket A”.
     
  7. chastity

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    Actually the Socket A desgin is a similar but different to Intel's Socket 370 enough so AMD didn't get sued by Intel over patent imfringement or something else.
     
  8. NetRyder

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    I haven't heard of Slot A either :confused:
    Socket A is for Athlon XPs.
     
  9. morpheus2k

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    Thanks Chastity :)

    And DaveH, Slot A was pretty hot for a short while (2 years ago?). I was just confused because now I am having a really hard time trying to find a Slot A board...

    Thanks!
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  10. chastity

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    Well ur right and wrong NetRyder Socket A was used for Athlon before the Athlon XP's but from what I've read AMD is not going to be supporting Socket after the XP line. M2K I think ur guess on when Slot A was the hot item is bout right cause AMD sort of follows whatever Intel does. Mind u that isn't good or bad
     
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  12. dave holbon

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    Now we all understand that Slot “A” never existed and socket “A” and the rest of the sockets series that dates back to the 486 Intel chip design is still in use, albeit changed a bit to avoid litigation. All CPU designers were faced with this problem until modern chipsets were introduced, isolating the CPU from just about all aspects of motherboard design and the problems associated with X86 architectures. Using this technology it might be possible in the future to use a risk processor in a PC if the chipset can perform the necessary translations in hardware. This could mean that you could have 4 cheap CPU’s on the same motherboard for less than the cost of a current Intel P4 2.5Gig.
     
  13. UofEEE

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    This batch of posts confuses me...I have a Slot A Athlon 800 classic running in my basement...and AMD will use socket designs after XP, it's called Hammer..have you not seen any pictures of it? It's a socket design. :confused:
     
  14. chastity

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    Thanks Blue Cat I didn't think of trying a search by a company I tried by Slot A and got nothing
     
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    UofEEE: -

    You mean "SOCKET A"
     
  16. chastity

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    UofEEE I pretty sure that the "Hammer" processor from AMD will use some kind of socket. First its cheaper to make, doesn't run the risk of cracking the motherboard, easier for the do it yourself folks to install as not as much force is need to install, easier to get the heat off the processor. I'll see if I can find some more info bout this and the differenice's between the Slot and Socket degsigns from both AMD and Intel
     
  17. UofEEE

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    Negative. My current Athlon XP 1900+ runs on a Socket A board. My former compuer (now my mom's) runs an Athlon 800 on an ASUS K7M Slot A motherboard. That's what I meant. Doesn't the Itanic use a slot design? At any rate, the socket design is here to stay with current FCPGA technology...but intel wants to move to a BBUL (Bumpless build up layer) technology...yes, I'm all over the place here!
     
  18. UofEEE

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    AHHHHHHHHHH! You people don't read! Did I not say HAMMER WILL USE A SOCKET design? Please....I'm not stupid..I read alot about them.
     
  19. chastity

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    Sorry I misread ur post on the Hammer part.

    Don't know never seen a board for one. I could get one if somebody would give me a loan of $1500 or more in Us Dollars
     
  20. UofEEE

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    It's easy to distinguish between a socket and a slot..a slot looks like a PCI slot...also, it uses a cartridge design.