Does a socket AM2+ mean AM2 and up or is AM2+ a special type of socket/processor?

by on June 7, 2013

Q: i want to upgrade the processor in my pc and it says that my socket is AM2+. does this mean AM2 and up, or a special type thats just that? i had my eyes set an an am3 processor, but would it work in my pc?

3 Responses to “Does a socket AM2+ mean AM2 and up or is AM2+ a special type of socket/processor?”

    Regardless of the socket, you’ll still need to review the documentation for your motherboard to determine what the supported CPUs are.

    What is the make and model of your motherboard, or if this was a computer that you purchased as a whole unit, what is the make and model of the computer.


    I bought my pc as a whole unit. Its an HP Compaq Presario CQ5210F. It has a M2N68-LA (Narra5) motherboard, and currently has an AMD Athlon II X2 215 processor.

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    Here is the HP page for your motherboard:

    Per that page:

    Processor upgrade information

    TDP: 95W
    Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

    NOTE:Only socket AM2+ processors are supported with this motherboard.
    AMD Phenom II Quad-Core
    AMD Phenom II Triple-Core
    AMD Phenom Quad-Core (A) 9xxx series (AM2+)
    AMD Phenom Triple-Core (T) 8xxx series (AM2+)
    AMD Athlon X4
    AMD Athlon X3
    AMD Athlon X2 (B) (AM2+)