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February 19, 2014 9:43:05 AM

hello, so i'm looking for a new mobo for my phenom II 955be ,125w
motherboard i'm inetrested in:http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...


this gigabyte is easily available here in india and fits my budget but just one problem....is my cpu supported by this board???

the cpu support list in support section of gigabyte product page doesn't list my cpu,but features list show support for am3 45nm cpus,so should i go for it or not?
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February 19, 2014 10:13:48 AM

it might, the main reason I say so is that while that motherboard only supports 95W processors on paper, I've seen people stick a 95W FX 6300 on it and overclock it up to a 125W rated FX 6350 level. So the motherboard supports your CPU but not its power rating, it might get a bit hot for the motherboard to handle, or the motherboard may not be able to provide the power necessary to run the CPU on load

the motherboard may run your CPU at stock but be sure to keep your motherboard nice and cool
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February 20, 2014 5:17:26 AM

logainofhades said:
If you want to get a cheap M-ATX AMD board, get a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3. It is like $10 more and a better board as it supports 125w CPU's.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/398237/GA-78LMT-USB3...


hello,
actually that board(and for that matter any better board) is approx 40% more costly in my area so can't extend my budget that much
but thank you


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February 20, 2014 5:23:42 AM

lmaonade200 said:
it might, the main reason I say so is that while that motherboard only supports 95W processors on paper, I've seen people stick a 95W FX 6300 on it and overclock it up to a 125W rated FX 6350 level. So the motherboard supports your CPU but not its power rating, it might get a bit hot for the motherboard to handle, or the motherboard may not be able to provide the power necessary to run the CPU on load

the motherboard may run your CPU at stock but be sure to keep your motherboard nice and cool


hello and thank you
and i forgot to tell one thing that i have been running my phenom at 1.15v and at 3.0 ghz instead of 1.375v and 3.2 ghz(which was default) for 2.5 years and i plan to do so in future also...
so considering that does it become more sensible to stick with this board??
i mean does this underclocking and undervolting decreases the power usage by a lot or not??
and can i be sure that mobo will be able to detect my cpu and run it properly even if it's not in the list??
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February 20, 2014 5:36:45 AM

If it isn't on the list, I wouldn't attempt it. What is your budget for motherboard?
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February 20, 2014 11:17:35 AM

if you under volt and under clock your CPU it should be fine, it'll just be equivalent to a Phenom X4 945 in this case, which is on the list for supported CPUs

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February 20, 2014 12:24:54 PM

Equivalent doesn't matter if the bios lacks the microcode to recognize his CPU.
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February 20, 2014 12:31:42 PM

If the bios doesn't support it, it doesn't matter how much different they are or are not. The 955 the OP has is a different stepping, therefor is a different chip.
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February 20, 2014 12:38:50 PM

I don't know what you think I was trying to say, but I was legitly asking whether or not the 2 processors were different. Thanks for the answer though
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February 20, 2014 12:46:33 PM

Yea being a different stepping, they are definitely different. The OP needs a board that supports 125w chips.
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February 20, 2014 12:51:54 PM

the 955 and the 955 BE have the same core stepping C3, but different stepping codes, but the stepping codes in the 955 BE are present in the 945 Phenoms, can OP not jury rig it to work?

Edit: hmm, but that particular 945 has a 125W thermal envelope unlike the regular 945 95W's, meh, I'll revise my opinion in that case lol, OP it probably won't work, get a motherboard that specifically supports your CPU and it'll save some headaches. Thanks for clearing that up logain
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February 20, 2014 12:57:04 PM

There are 2 steppings for the 955. The C2, 125w and a c3 95w. Oddly, there is also a 955 c3 that is 125w. OP has a 125w chip. I frankly, wouldn't risk it.

http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...
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February 20, 2014 1:09:05 PM

Ah I see, that clears up a lot, thanks again for the explanation!
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