In a bit of interesting but perhaps disheartening news, photos of the new socket planned for AMD's DDR2-supporting Opteron are available here
. You might notice at first that it looks familiar – but not to AMD sockets. It's taken on the design of Intel's Socket T, LGA775, with the springs on the motherboard. Notoriously unpopular for design flaws, it's a wonder why AMD chose to follow Intel rather than creating their own type of socket. Called Socket F, it will be for 1207 pin AMD Opteron processors in motherboards that will support DDR2 memory. This is not the same as Socket M2, which will be for the desktop line of CPUs from AMD. This socket is solely for the server processors. This socket is slated for release in the second half of 2006.