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Intel Socket 3 Specification

Designation: Socket 3

Number of Pins: 237

Pin Rows: 4

Voltage: 5 volts / 3.3 volts

Motherboard Class: 486

Supported Processors: 486SX, 486DX, 486DX2, 486DX4, Pentium OverDrive, 5x86

Description: Socket 3 is the most recent and current socket for 486 class machines. The most important modification from the socket 2 design is support for 3.3 volt power; this allows the socket to use the most recent 486-class processors, including the AMD and Cyrix 5x86 processors. A jumper setting on the motherboard is normally used to select between 3.3 and 5 volt operation. The socket also supports the Pentium OverDrive processor.

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