AMD: Goodbye Socket 939, Hello Socket AM2

ARS Technica posted an interesting little blurb on the death of Socket 939.

If you have been thinking about building or upgrading an AMD system, now's the time. The CPU maker is putting some of its more popular CPUs out to pasture in the next few months, including all of its Socket 939 lineup.

It was just one month ago that the company launched its new Socket AM2 CPUs. Socket AM2 brings support for DDR2 along with a a couple of new chipsets from NVIDIA and ATI. When it launched, the company introduced two new flagship CPUs, the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and the Athlon FX-62, along with a number of CPUs from the Socket 939 lineup such as the Athlon 64 X2 4000+ which were moved to the new pin-out.

Now that Socket AM2 is here, many parts of AMD's CPU lineup will be disappearing"”some quite soon. The single-core Athlon 64 3700+ and 4000+ will be discontinued in early July, with only the higher-end Athlon 64 X2 4800+ lasting past the end of the year. In addition, a number of Socket 754 CPUs (e.g., Semprons) will be discontinued as well. The Semprons should be available through the end of 2006 at least, with the Sempron 3000+ to be manufactured through the first quarter of 2007.

Lame! I mean I kind of expected it, but it still hurts a bit knowing that if I decide to upgrade down the road I'll have to switch motherboards again

This doesn't bother me too much, actually. I've been thinking about upgrading anyway, and my board's already one generation back. I'm actually glad I didn't upgrade recently, since I'd be kicking myself now.

Man, I just bought the 939. It was all that would handle the dual cores, at Newegg anyway. I guess I'll treat myself to a new mobo and processor for Xmas, get that 4800 cheap...

Thin_J wrote:

Lame! I mean I kind of expected it, but it still hurts a bit knowing that if I decide to upgrade down the road I'll have to switch motherboards again :(

I can't remember the last time I did an upgrade that didn't require me to rev CPU, motherboard, and generally RAM in one go.

Thin_J wrote:

Lame! I mean I kind of expected it, but it still hurts a bit knowing that if I decide to upgrade down the road I'll have to switch motherboards again :(

LiquidMantis wrote:

I can't remember the last time I did an upgrade that didn't require me to rev CPU, motherboard, and generally RAM in one go.

Of all the upgrades I've done over the years, I can only think of one time when I was able to do just a straight up CPU upgrade. Pretty much every time was a CPU, MoBo and RAM upgrade. After all, if they speed up the FSB, you damn well want a peice of that.

Yeah of all the upgrades I have ever done I think only once did I ever replace just the CPU, every other time I replaced the Mobo as well.

Unfortunately for me, my next upgrade I will need to not only replace CPU and Mobo but my Video card as well thanks to the switch over from AGP to PCI-e. Than of course the question is can I keep the ram I have or should I just get new ram and how much will the Sata drive's cost (pretty cheap right now) so that I can make the switch over from IDE.

Razorgrin wrote:

This doesn't bother me too much, actually. I've been thinking about upgrading anyway, and my board's already one generation back. I'm actually glad I didn't upgrade recently, since I'd be kicking myself now.

Preach it Brother !

I'm in the same ship as Gaald. My next system will have to be a complete rebuild minus the hard drives and optical drives.

I was in the same boat AGP to PCI boat as the rest of you guys, until I saw this crazy thing. I bought it and it works great. It has an AGP and a PCI slot. It also has some weird socket that will allow it to be converted into an AM2 motherboard. I have no complaints about it, either.

You think it would be a ripe time to get a 754 mobo now? I have a friend with an A64 754 chip just laying around waiting for me to take. My PC isn't exactly the best piece of technology so a faster processor would certainly help me out.