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can i run an am3 cpu on an am2+ mobo

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March 16, 2013 10:22:44 AM

i wuold like to upgrade my asus m2n sli to a quad core am3 athlon. it is under supported cpus

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March 16, 2013 10:35:40 AM

Under CPU Support it shows support for for some AM3 Cpu's. The fastest one you can get will be the Phenom II 945 BE. However, since your board only supports DDR2, you'd most likely be better off buying a new Motherboard AND CPU and Ram. You can get all 3 for 220 dollars or so, which will also bring you up to current spec as far as memory goes.

If you choose to go with the Phenom II though, I highly recommend it. I'm using the 940(945 is just the AM3 revision) Cpu and love it, but it's starting to show it's age. And I have mine OC'ed to 3.5ghz currently.

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March 16, 2013 10:41:12 AM

Yes it's possible, you can't run an AM2/AM2+ CPU on an AM3 board though because of the DDR3 memory controller if i recall. But the other way around works fine.

Plus it's under the CPU support list as you mentioned, so that should confirm it even more so that it should work fine.