Difference between Intel and AMD motherboards

This article will give you a short overview of the difference between Intel and AMD motherboards. First of all there is no common definition of “Intel” and “AMD” motherboards, but the most common meaning of these terms (“CPU sockets”) is:


Intel motherboard


A motherboard with an Intel socket type (e.g. LGA1150) which allows installing only CPUs from the same manufacturer (e.g. Skylake compatible processors).

The compatibility list for this kind of CPU is called “Whitelist”. For example, MSI Z170A SLI Plus supports a сertain range of 6th gen., 7th gen., and 8th gen. Intel Core3, i5 and i7 LGA1151 processors only.


AMD motherboard


A motherboard with an AMD socket type (e.g. AM4) which allows installing different CPU types under the Socketcount class which is found in most of the best  pc under 500.


AMD motherboards don’t have official “Whitelists”, but some models do support some kinds of CPUs, while others may not work due to BIOS errors or bugs in the BIOS code itself.


Socket count classes: Sockettype Cell x Socket Count  Core Generation Example description LGA 1150 4 Haswell Supports i3, i5, and i7 processors which are also called 4th gen., 5th gen., 6th gen., 7th gen. & 8th gen.. These CPUs are compatible with the same “Core Generation” because they have the same socket type. LGA2066 6 Skylake Supports i3, i5, and i7 processors which are also called 5th gen., 6th gen., 7th gen. & 8th gen. These CPUs are compatible within the same “Core Generation” (except Kaby Lake), because they have the same socket type. AM4 4 Bristol Ridge Supports Athlon II, A Series, FX, Phenom, Athlon X4 series, and Ryzen types of processors which are also called “2nd gen.”, “3rd gen.”, “4th gen.” & “Ryzen”. These CPUs are compatible within the same Socketclass (AM4), because they all use DDR4 memory type. FM2+ 2 Godavari Supports Athlon II and A Series types of processors which are also called “3rd gen.” This CPU is NOT compatible with the AM4 Socket class. It’s fully backward compatible with FM2 sockets because both use DDR3 memory type.


FM1 1 Orochi Supports Sempron and Athlon X2 Dual-Core series types of processors which are also called “1st gen.” This CPU is NOT compatible with AM4 Socketclass or FM2+. It’s fully backward compatible with FM1 Sockettype because both use DDR2 memory type.

How to upgrade a motherboard in four steps:


  1. You buy a new motherboard that is compatible with your current CPU, but has a Sockettype that is more “modern” or “future-proof”. Remember that you can’t upgrade CPUs to an older Socketclass (AM2+) after buying the motherboards because then the motherboard will start to display errors and malfunctions.
  1. Check if there are any BIOS updates for your new motherboard on its official website. For example, MSI offers BIOS updates for all their AM4 sockets boards but doesn’t offer any for their FM2+ boards.
  1. If there are no drivers available, you’ll have to manually update them yourself by creating an MS-DOS bootable device/diskette/CD/DVD, starting it up, and launching the BIOS file “DOS.BAT” (see links at the end of this article for more detailed information on manual updating).
  1. You update your BIOS and now you’re ready to install your new motherboard and new CPU into the case and start it up! 5. After restarting, go into the BIOS menu and verify that everything is working properly: Memory modules, GPU(s), SSD/HDD drives, Optical Drives, USB devices, etc.

Then you can update Drivers & Software from Windows Update or download them from your Motherboard’s official website. If there are any problems with either of those two options then do a Google search for the drivers as someone else may have had the same problem as you did.


AMD VS Intel – Which Motherboard is the best:


There is no best motherboard for either AMD or Intel. It all depends on the processor you’re using and how much money you want to spend. Generally, higher-end boards have a ton of extra features while cheaper models have bare basics/don’t have as many ports or other useful things. You should look at reviews before buying a motherboard so you don’t get a board that’s known for having BIOS problems or one with a design flaw etc.


Relevant read: Best Cheap  Laptops.




So as you can see, there’s not really such a huge difference between the two as AMD and Intel CPUs don’t use different sockets whatsoever. More importantly, an LGA1156 socket type is compatible with more “Core Generations” than an AM3+ Sockettype because you can upgrade to either Haswell or Skylake CPUs (they’re both 5th gen.) whereas you can only upgrade to Summit Ridge (Ryzen) CPU (which is 7th gen.) if your motherboard has an AM4 Sockettype. So in my opinion, I would say that Intel motherboards are better but don’t come at such a huge price increase like they usually do. If you still think that AMD motherboards are superior after reading this article then go ahead and buy one. It’s just a matter of opinion after all!

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