ⓘ Socket 754 is a CPU socket originally developed by AMD to supersede its Athlon XP platform. Socket 754 was the first socket developed by AMD to support their ne ..

                                     

ⓘ Socket 754

Socket 754 is a CPU socket originally developed by AMD to supersede its Athlon XP platform. Socket 754 was the first socket developed by AMD to support their new consumer version of the 64 bit microprocessor family known as AMD64.

                                     

1. Technical specifications

Socket 754 was the original socket for AMDs Athlon 64 desktop processors. Due to the introduction of newer socket layouts i.e. Socket 939, Socket 940 and Socket AM2, Socket 754 became the more "budget-minded" socket for use with AMD Athlon 64 or Sempron processors. It differs from Socket 939 in several areas:

  • lower motherboard manufacturing costs
  • support for a single channel memory controller 64 bits wide with a maximum of three unbuffered DIMMs, or four registered DIMMs
  • no dual channel support
  • lower HyperTransport speed
  • lower effective data bandwidth 9.6 GB/s

Although AMD promoted Socket 754 as a budget platform on the desktop and encouraged mid- and high-end users to use newer platforms, Socket 754 remained for some time as AMDs high-end solution for mobile applications, e.g. the HP zv6000 series. However, Socket S1 was released and superseded Socket 754 in the mobile CPU segment, with support for dual-core CPUs and DDR2 SDRAM.

                                     

2. Availability

The first processors using Socket 754 came on the market in the second half of 2003. Socket 754 was phased out in favor of Socket 939 on desktops because of low sales. The socket remained in use for laptops until it was replaced by S1 in 2006.

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