I have bought an AMD 7750 Black Edition CPU, which states that it is for am2+ socket motherboards.
However, I intend to put it in my Abit KN9 Ultra am2 motherboard (not am2+).
I have been trying hard to find out if this combination will work, but I have only been further and further confused by what I've found.
Lots of articles that I have read state that am2+ CPUs are 100% backwards compatible with am2 sockects.
However, I have also read reports of am2+ phenom CPUs not working in am2 slots, and seeing as the 7750 is basically a variant of phenom as I understand it this makes me worry.
Furthermore, I believe that new BIOS updates are often required to allow the board to identify and use the correct (different) voltages for the am2+ CPUs. However, there has been no new BIOS for my motherboard since 2006/7. In light of this fact, is it safe to assume that although the sockets should be backwards compatible, the newer CPU will not work in my older socket?
Also, I have read reports of people either changing the bios settings from its configuration screens to use the correct settings and voltages for the new CPUs, and that this works. I have also read of people making their own hacked versions of BIOS with the correct settings and the ability to recognise the chips.
So my question is what is the best thing for me to do with this new CPU, freshly delivered and boxed. Should I send it back and get a more expensive 6000+ which is am2 and a safer option? Should I assume that the chip will work first time, straight out of the box? Should I assume that the machine will post boot with the new CPU, but will then require BIOS configuration which could be tricky and risk damaging the board or chip? Or should I look for and trust a hacked BIOS version for phenoms and expect that to work instead? Or maybe there is an option that I haven't thought of...
Any advice is much appreciated. This whole am2 am2+ thing as got me very confused.
Well, all I know is, even if your CPU manages to work properly, you won't be able to maximize the CPU. I wouldn't be afraid of actually trying things out, since the motherboard and CPU lock up in case something's wrong. But I wouldn't recommend it.
Why not just get a compatible motherboard? Can you afford a new one?
I can't really afford a new one, no. I'd rather buy a am2 compatible CPU instead I think, as a replacement mobo would probably be about £100.
I emailed abit a week ago about this, but they haven't yet replied.
Trouble is, if I open the CPU and test it then I can't return it and it will have been a very expensive experiment.
I'm still not quite sure what to do.
What do you mean that it won't maximize the CPU? Why not?