Socket 462 / Socket A
Socket 462 (also called Socket A) is a PGA socket designed for AMD K7 family of processors. This socket can be used with AMD Athlon and Duron processors ranging in speed from 600 MHz to 2200 MHz (3200+) and with bus frequences ranging from 100 MHz to 200 MHz (400 MHz DDR). For a full list of supported processors please see below.
Socket A has 462 pin holes (hence the name "Socket 462") with 11 pluged pin holes. Socket dimensions are 5.59 cm (5.24 cm without lever) x 6.55 cm or 2.2" (2.06" without lever) x 2.58", which is almost the same as Socket 7/Super Socket 7.
All processors in the table below will physically fit into the socket, but not all of them are supported by all motherboards. If you're upgrading an old computer system please make sure that the CPU is compatible with your motherboard. Please see "Upgrading socket A motherboards" section below for information on how to determine what microprocessors can be supported by your motherboard. #[Table]
Athlon 64, 64 X2, 64 FX, Sempron 64, Sempron X2, Opteron and Phenom processors use different type of socket. There are no Intel or VIA processors compatible with this socket.
Compatible package types
453-pin ceramic Pin Grid Array (PGA) package
The picture on the right shows the bottom view of the 453-pin package that fits into the Socket A (462).
Upgrading socket A motherboards
While you can fit many socket 462 processors into your motherboard, not all of them may be supported by the board. To determine what processors are supported you'll need to:
To determine upgrade options for brand name computers (like Dell or HP) try to search for computer model on computer manufacturer website.
For upgrade information for ASUS, DFI, ECS, Gigabyte Technology, Jetway, MSI and PC Chips motherboards please check CPU-Upgrade motherboard database.
For processor installation please look at your motherboard manual or download installation instructions from AMD website.
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