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Does my Intel D945GCZ Motherboard support Intel Core 2 Duo? I have 3.4 Pentium D now and latest bios. TY.

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February 23, 2014 6:09:04 AM

Which Core 2 do you recommend? I run 32 bit Win 7, FYI
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February 23, 2014 6:56:53 AM

Dear,

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E8500 3.16GHz 1333MHz 6MB LGA775 CPU in $44. This is what I've referred above. Do you want even more cheaper option?
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February 23, 2014 6:58:35 AM

I wouldn't install the 1333mhzFSB C2D just yet....I don't believe the BIOS supports 1333mhz CPUs....I have the D945GCL (OEM/in the same family) and it will support up to 1066mhz FSB CPU's. ---BUT, I don't believe they'll support quad cores either. I'm currently using the E6700 C2D (O/C 11% @ 2.94GHZ) w/1066mhz FSB that went in without any problems at all. If you DO manage a quad core, I'd sure like to hear about it....so post a solution & decision when you make it & install one if you do. Being OEM, my board doesn't easily take the Intel BIOS....I use the OEM BIOS, so that could be a limiting factor....but doubt that.
Anyway, the C2D is a better pick than a Pentium as it has a better use of juice , stays cooler, and has additional microcode in comparison. Hope that helps you. Good luck!
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February 23, 2014 7:04:45 AM

PallindroneT3604 said:
I wouldn't install the 1333mhzFSB C2D just yet....I don't believe the BIOS supports 1333mhz CPUs....I have the D945GCL (OEM/in the same family) and it will support up to 1066mhz FSB CPU's. ---BUT, I don't believe they'll support quad cores either. I'm currently using the E6700 C2D (O/C 11% @ 2.94GHZ) w/1066mhz FSB that went in without any problems at all. If you DO manage a quad core, I'd sure like to hear about it....so post a solution & decision when you make it & install one if you do. Being OEM, my board doesn't easily take the Intel BIOS....I use the OEM BIOS, so that could be a limiting factor....but doubt that.
Anyway, the C2D is a better pick than a Pentium as it has a better use of juice , stays cooler, and has additional microcode in comparison. Hope that helps you. Good luck!


+1. I quoted wrong. Thanks for correct feed.
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February 23, 2014 7:56:17 PM

Yeah....almost any of E4xxx and the E6xxx series are a go, by BIOS...(I've tried both on this rig)...E7xxx are "Wolfdales" and you are in the "Conroe" zone....(I like the better microcode & performance of the Wolfdale on another rig, but my C2D E6700 has 4mb L-2 cache, as opposed to the 3mbs in a Wolfdale dual core, but O/C'ed it to mimic the Wolfdale E7xxx CPU ;-) )

Plus, they are A LOT more cheaper now than they were when they were current as the newer "Johnny-Come-Lately"!!!
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