socket (Eng. Socket) - This connector on the motherboard, which is set in the processor.Different types of sockets differ from each other in size, number and type of contacts, as well as the type of fasteners for the CPU cooler (fan).All sockets can be divided into groups: Intel and AMD.These companies have different standards of production of motherboards and processors, so the sockets data producers also have significant technical differences.

What does labeling sockets

The marking of the socket indicated its basic characteristics necessary to determine what motherboard fit this processor.For example, the Intel Pentium 4 processor is socket type LGA 775. The last number indicates the number of contacts, and the letter indicates that the type of processor does not have a pins - they are in the motherboard connector.LGA (Eng. Land Grid Array) -
a type of chip with a matrix of contact pads instead of pins.Therefore, in the absence of labeling processor abbreviations LGA indicates that the processor has pins.

Features choice and differences processors

If you want to assemble your own computer and choose a processor on its labeling can easily determine which socket should be the motherboard.

example, to install a socket LGA 775 processors are designed following Intel: Pentium D, Celeron D, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Pentium EE, Celeron, Xeon 3000 and Core 2 Quad.Under the socket LGA 1156 processors are suitable: Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3.A socket LGA 1366 for Core i7.

Manufacturer AMD releases Athlon processors for socket types: 462, 563, 754, 939. As can be seen from the marking at the Athlon processors have pins.

new processor models are not usually suitable for the motherboard, issued more than five years ago.Therefore, when purchasing a new processor you probably have to change and the motherboard.

Sockets Intel, released after 2011 are marked sockets LGA 1155. 2013 and 2014 are marked LGA 1150. A socket LGA 775, LGA 1366 and LGA 1156 are already considered obsolete.

AMD Athlon processors much cheaper than Intel's similar to a clock frequency.However, the advantage of Intel is a low rate of power consumption and low heat dissipation.Due to this, the company's products more reliable and durable.