If you are trying to build a new PC or upgrade your PC, then the CPU socket is one of the most important factors. A motherboard is compatible with your CPU or not, you can understand it from the CPU socket type only. So, basically, when you purchase a new motherboard along with the CPU, you should know or check the CPU socket, if it supports each other or not. So, let’s find what socket is my motherboard!
Today in this tutorial we will know all the things related to the CPU socket of the motherboard which will help you to decide the right option. We will also discuss about CPU socket type and how to know what type of Motherboard socket type, you have in your motherboard which will help you to upgrade the CPU in the future.
What is a CPU Socket?
CPU socket is a particular part or physical component in the motherboard which basically helps to hold the CPU. This CPU Socket is also known as the CPU Slot. This CPU slot is made up of a couple of pins which helps to establish the connection between the CPU and the motherboard. It helps to transfer or carry the power supply and data to the processor and entire system like capacitors, transistors, main memory and other storage device and graphics cards with the operating system. In general, we find this CPU socket design in desktop PCs and Workstation PCs.
Different Types Of CPU Sockets
There are mainly three different types of CPU sockets or CPU slots available in the market. These are PGA (Pin Grid Array), LGA (Land Grid Array), BGA (Ball Grid Array). Now, have a look at all of these in detail.
PGA CPU Socket
The full form of PGA is Pin Grid Array. In this type of socket, you don’t need to apply force to insert the CPU in the socket. There are thousands of pins available which are directly symmetric to the pin holes of the CPU. You don’t need to push the CPU or the processors like when you install a memory, that is, the RAM in the RAM slot. AMD uses this type of PGA CPU Socket which is known as AM3 socket or AM3+ socket or AM4 socket in their processors.
Now, let us discuss the advantages and the disadvantages of PGA type CPU Socket.
The pins found in the PGA CPU Socket are bold in shape ,that is why they are able to carry more power or data as compared to LGA (Land Grid Array) type CPU socket. The breakable or brittle part of the pins in the PGA CPU socket are situated on the CPU. This means when it gets spoiled or needs to be repaired, you have to replace the whole CPU, which is a very expensive thing.
LGA CPU Socket
The LGA stands for Land Grid Array. The metallic flat contact pads are situated on the bottom of the CPU. This LGA CPU Socket or CPU slot are made by the grid of pins. You need to apply little bit of force to insert this kind of CPU in this CPU Socket. Generally, Intel uses this type of LGA Socket in their processor.
When it comes to replacement or repairing the CPU slot or CPU Socket, it is more budget-friendly to repair as compared to PGA CPU socket. In this architecture, CPU can pass the 32-bit and 64-bit data through this LGA CPU Socket much faster in seconds as compared to others. The only disadvantage is that the connector CPU pins are flat and more breakable which is tough to replace damaged once.
BGA CPU Socket
The full form of BGA is Ball Grid Array. Processor or CPU is attached to the CPU socket by soldering. It is a permanent installation. To dismantle the CPU from the CPU Socket, you need proper tools. The whole process is very complicated, you cannot do it by yourself at home. Generally, it is found in laptops.
There are some advantages to using this kind of BGA CPU Socket in laptops. It needs less space and is also more durable. But when you try to replace or repair, it is complex to do so because it needs some special tools and proper technician.
How To Find What Socket Is My motherboard?
You can find the socket type of your motherboard using three ways, first by opening your pc case and looking for the socket, secondly, you can directly check from windows which processor is being installed on your computer, and third, you can use some 3rd party applications to find what socket is your motherboard.
Find Your CPU Socket By Opening Your PC
You can detect or find the processor Socket type or CPU slot by opening your desktop. To do so, you need to follow the following steps.
- If your PC is running, then turn off or shut down.
- Now, unplug all the power cables from the main power supply.
- Then, unscrew and open the cabinet of your desktop.
- Now, you can notice the CPU is covered by the fan or any other cooling device or CPU cooler. Now, in each and every motherboard the Current socket type is written over there. You can simply find the required Processor Socket type.
Find The CPU Socket Without Opening Your PC
At first, turn on the computer and wait until it properly boots up. Then, Right click on the Windows icon which is present at the bottom left corner and click on the search option. In the search menu, type control panel and hit the enter button. Now, go to system and find the processor’s name. Now, just google that name and find the Processor Socket type or the correct socket name in the search list.
Here, I am using AMD Ryzen 5 CPU in my system, that is why I search AMD RYZEN 5 3600 socket type and in the search list I found my desired answer. If you are using Intel Core i3 or Intel Core i7-8700k or Core i9 faster processors, then you can also search that and get the answer in the search list.
There is another way by which you can check it online by yourself also. Just check the motherboard box or the board labels and if you have lost that packaging box, then don’t worry we have another solution for that, which will work on both the desktop and laptop. Just open your system and run the Command prompt, then type this comment wmic baseboard get product,Manufacturer and you will find the model name of your motherboard.
Now, type that motherboard model number or the product name in your browser and you will get the particular chipset CPU Socket type that the motherboard has.
By Using Third Party Applications
If you find the above-mentioned steps not so useful or not so easy to use, then you can follow this step also. You just need to download the CPU-Z software in your system. You can simply download this application by searching the CPU-Z in your web browser or you can Click Here to directly download it. After downloading this application, install it and run this app. In this application, you will find all the details of the hardware of the system like CPU, clock speed, cache memory, CPU Socket type, RAM capacity, Graphics details, etc. This is one of the most convenient way to check the CPU Socket type or CPU Slot of the system or motherboard or the processor.
For Laptop Users
Each and every laptop comes with its own model number and serial number. If you want to search the hardware specification, then you can simply google the model number and get all the necessary information about your laptop. You can also do it from the official website of laptop manufacturers like Asus, Lenovo, HP, Dell, Acer, etc. You can even do it from the e-commerce website also. Or, you can install the CPU-Z application in your laptop and get all kinds of information from that.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will all CPUs of a socket type work on any motherboard of that type? Eg. any LGA 1366 CPU on LGA 1366 motherboard
Ans. Definitely no. Motherboards support specific CPU socket which support specific processors.
Can a person change the CPU socket type on the same motherboard or do you have to change the motherboard?
Ans: It is not possible to change the motherboard CPU socket type.
Is there a CPU socket/converter out there that allows you to repurpose standard CPUs in anything other than just standard motherboards?
Ans: There is no CPU socket/converter out there that allows you to repurpose standard CPUs in anything other than just standard motherboards.
Can I use an old motherboard with a newer processor?
Ans: You need to figure out the specification or the compatibility issues of these two. If they match with each other then, the motherboard will support new processors otherwise not.
We have already mentioned all the available steps on how to find the CPU socket of a system or PC. If you are trying to upgrade your PC or the system by changing the processor or the motherboard by yourself, then you should know about the Motherboard CPU Socket or the Processor CPU Slot. We have discussed all the steps to help you in this scenario.
Let us know in the comment section if you were to find the CPU socket type or not, by following these steps.
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