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Socket AM2 and new proccessors!

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  • Phenom
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
April 21, 2010 2:24:54 PM

Hi, I have a motherboard giga with socket AM2, I have installed an athlon 64 3000+ on my motherborad.
Can I change my cpu with an strongr one like Phenom 2 x3 or phenom 2 x4 or athlon 2 x4 or phenom 2 ,3 or 4 ?

I don't want to change my motherboard.could you guide me please?

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a b V Motherboard
April 21, 2010 2:44:19 PM

AM3 CPUS are backwards compatible with AM2+ motherboard sockets. Depending on the specific motherboard you have, yes, you can upgrade the CPU. However, to recognize a newer CPU, you'll likely need a BIOS update. There's no guarantee that the BIOS update will recognize the new CPU.
a c 304 V Motherboard
April 21, 2010 7:52:41 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

We need to know the specific model of mobo that u have. And the new processor AM3 (if it's supported) will be limited by the RAM and the mobo.
April 23, 2010 4:53:05 AM

most old AM2 mobos didn't come with enough bios memory or something, so they can't use Phenoms or better.