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December 22, 2006 2:01:53 AM

I have a computer that uses a Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (AMD Athlon 64 X2/ 64 FX/ 64, socket 939 platform) motherboard. I would like to upgrade the CPU (Athlon 64 3500+) with a faster one. My question is: can I use an Opteron 64 X2, Socket 939 CPU in this motherboard even though that CPU family is not specifically referenced in the motherboard spec's? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.

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December 22, 2006 2:06:34 AM

As long as the Opteron is a socket 939 it will 100%Compatible
Although you have a Motherboard that Does not Overclock (conservatively speaking). Not allowing you to Overclock the Opteron's to 2.6Ghz-2.8Ghz
(Opterons are Famous for Doing that with DFI boards). But at Stock Speed this will still be a Decent Computer. But your still loosing out on the Overclocking
December 22, 2006 2:10:58 AM

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As long as the Opteron is a socket 939 it will 100%Compatible


Does that work with AM2 boards, too?
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December 22, 2006 2:14:39 AM

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I have a computer that uses a Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI (AMD Athlon 64 X2/ 64 FX/ 64, socket 939 platform) motherboard. I would like to upgrade the CPU (Athlon 64 3500+) with a faster one. My question is: can I use an Opteron 64 X2, Socket 939 CPU in this motherboard even though that CPU family is not specifically referenced in the motherboard spec's? Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance.


socket 939 platform + Socket 939 CPU= "OMG! It Works!"

socket AM2 platform + Socket AM2 CPU= "OMG! It Works!"

The 939 Socket and the AM2 Have never have had a Drop in CPU problem, why should One start now, Maybe a Dual-core Patch maybe applied but i should expect both Item's Should work out-of-box.
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a b V Motherboard
December 22, 2006 2:47:16 AM

X2 Manchester Core 4200, 4600 & 5000 = 512Kb L2 Cache - fair choice.

X2 Toledo Core 4000, 4400, 4800 & FX-62 = 1Mb L2 Cache - good choice.

Opteron Denmark Core 165 thru 185 = 1Mb L2 Cache - best choice.

Although the dual core 165's thru 185's are marketed as Denmark cores, CPU-Z will identify them as Toledo cores, which is the same core as the X2 4000, 4400, and 4800. Essentially, the 939 X2 4000 @ 2.0Ghz (if you can still find one) is the desktop counterpart of the Opteron 170 @ 2.0Ghz. The Opteron 1xx series have 1Mb L2 cache per core, and they use standard DDR unregistered, non-parity memory, so the only difference other than price, is that the Opteron is a server / workstation class processor.

Opterons are more stringently fabricated, tested, selected and binned for stability, and are yielded from "cleaner" silicon semiconductor material. They operate at lower voltages and temperatures per clock, as compared with their X2 desktop conterparts, which make the Opterons the best overclockers. The 170 is statistically the highest overclocker, often achieving 50% on high end air cooling, depending upon stepping.

The overclocking limit for clean 90 nanometer dual core AMD's is about 3.05Ghz. Of course, they're all unique, and there are always exceptions. My previous rig was an Opteron 170 @ 3.0Ghz. It's an excellent CPU, and an inexpensive equivalent to the 2.8Ghz FX-62 Flagship chip. Opteron 170's are currently selling for $188.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

Hope this helps, and good luck! :D 
December 22, 2006 5:35:15 PM

Thankyou for the help
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