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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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October 10, 2015 5:05:50 PM

Necro! PallindroneT3604, which OEM do you have? I am looking at the recent stock BIOSes and they dont list other CPUs. I would appreciate the information. Thanks in advance.
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October 10, 2015 6:37:59 PM

My rig is an eMachines.......and I believe they only had 1 BIOS that the mfgr put out....but Gateway bought them out, then Acer.....for awhile, Gateway had a BIOS that worked as they also had several models using the Coreyville board. Recently, however, Acer has shelved anything but drivers for the board.....so any BIOS update is right out. HOWEVER, if you have the original BIOS, you SHOULD be able to upgrade the processor by just installing it, as I wen two deep up the C2D food chain (e4600->e6700).....still kickin' w/Win10 & SSDs, @ 3gigs RAM.
I suggest going to the Intel website & perusing the Legacy motherboards and cpus data there....also, some equipment ID (Speccy & the like) will help you identify what you have so you know where to shoot for in your update/upgrade. Good luck........while cheaper now, this stuff is getting ANCIENT!!!!
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October 12, 2015 9:04:26 AM

BIOS Version CF94510J.15A.0062.2007.0711.1126 is the version I'm using now.....
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