What Is The Socket In A Motherboard

A motherboard or also called main board have a technology than can support certain component to be able to work with and only what can support work or put in it.? Each main board support 1 type of 2 sockets that is available in the world, the AMD or Intel. The component is called possessor, board with AMD socket can only support this type and same for the other one.

AMD Socket

A CPU socket uses a series of pins to connect a CPU?s processor to the PC?s motherboard. If a CPU is connected via a CPU socket, it is not soldered and can therefore be replaced.

CPU sockets are more common with desktop PCs than they are on laptops.

When buying a motherboard, finding the best motherboard isn’t just about making sure it has the features you want. Step one is making sure the motherboard has the right CPU socket (and a supported chip set) for your CPU model.

Even if you have the best CPU, it won’t work with just any CPU socket.

Intel has different socket types for its mainstream CPUs versus its high-end desktop (HEDT) ones, as does AMD.

Intel Socket

Intel and AMD CPU Sockets: Below we break down the consumer CPU sockets for current and prior generation Intel and AMD desktop CPUs.

CPU BrandCPU Socket NameCPUCompatible ChipsetsMarket
IntelLGA 206610th Gen CoreX299HEDT
IntelLGA 120010th Gen CoreZ490, H470, B460, H410Mainstream
IntelLGA 11519th Gen Core, 8th Gen CoreZ390, Z370, Z370, Q370, H370, B365, B360, H310Mainstream
AMDsTRX4Ryzen Threadripper 3000TRX40HEDT
AMDTR4Ryzen Threadripper 2000 and 1000X399HEDT
AMDAM4Ryzen 3000, 2000 and 1000X570, X470, X370, B550, B450, B350, B450, A320, X300, A300Mainstream

Intel users can also figure out which CPU socket their chip uses with Intel’s directions on this page and use Intel?s Product Compatibility Tool to see which motherboard fits your CPU.


This article is part of the Tom’s Hardware Glossary.