Originally posted by MicroBell
Number of pins on both the socket and CPU. No socket is better then another.....and these are both controlled by the CPU manufactures...and motherboard makers.
So if lets say...AMD..releases a new chip...say AthlonFX...and the chip contains 974 pins..then they will need a new socket to support the 974 pins the processor uses.
Of course the exception to this is the "old stuff".....socket 5 and socket 7 and "Super socket 7".
I'm pretty sure the chips had more than 7 pins