AMD AM2 Explored

Anandtech has posted an in-depth preview of AMD's upcoming AM2 processor platform. Without question, a large majority of the industry knows that the largest change this new platform brings is the introduction of DDR2 memory to the AMD architecture. However, there are several additional changes with AM2 that accompany that new technology.

It was already clear the new CPU would require DDR2 memory, but it appears AMD is also using this architecture change to upgrade the current mounting scheme for Athlon 64 heatsink/fans. The new design is certainly very secure - more stable than the current design - but there are very few existing heatsink/fans that will work on the new cage. From Socket 754, 940, and 939 the same heatsinks have all worked on all Athlon 64 sockets. With AM2 that compatibility basically ends.
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