What kind of processor socket fits into Slot 1?

You’ve been working on a motherboard that has a processor socket labeled Slot 1. What kind of processor socket fits into Slot 1?

A) Dual In-line Package

B) Single Edge Cartridge

C) Pin Grid Array

D) Land Grid Array

E) Dual In-Line Edge Array Cartridge Package

The answer: B) Single Edge Cartridge

The Single Edge Cartridge was used on Pentium II and Pentium III processors, and it was a useful modularity improvement over previous processor socket types. The format required a lot of motherboard space and it still required a bit of force to get the CPU into the slot. Many of the processors these days are smaller and use Zero Insertion Force (ZIF) methods of installation.

Want to know more? Watch “CPU Sockets.”

The configurations of CPUs onto a motherboard consist of a diverse set of slots, sockets, and connections. In this video, we’ll highlight some of these sockets types and show how a pin grid array processor fits into the zero insertion force sockets of today’s motherboards.