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July 13, 2009 7:06:55 PM

My motherboard is an eVGA 730a. I am looking to buy an AMD phenom X4 9950. But I'm not sure if my motherboard can supply it with enough power. the cpu requires 125w TDP

any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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July 13, 2009 10:01:03 PM

It's bundled together here so I would assume the answer is yes.
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July 13, 2009 10:39:39 PM

Go to EVGA and check the CPU support page. If it's listed as a supported CPU then you should be O.K. If it's not, then it may or may not work.
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July 14, 2009 2:45:51 AM

coolblue said:
It's bundled together here so I would assume the answer is yes.

lol, or hope so :p 
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July 14, 2009 3:04:49 AM

coolblue said:
It's bundled together here so I would assume the answer is yes.


Bundling the products mean nothing. it could just be a way to get someone to buy recent prodcuts that are no longer made or to sell them something thats higher in price even if it doesn't worl together. Selelrs are tricky little bastards really.

For the OP, I will do your leg work for ya:

Quote:
730a:
Sempron - 2300+
Sempron - 3000+
Sempron - 3800+
Sempron - LE-1300
Athlon 64 - 3200+
Athlon 64 - 3500+
Athlon 64 X2 - 3600+
Athlon 64 X2 - 3800+
Athlon 64 X2 - 4200+
Athlon 64 X2 - 4400+
Athlon 64 X2 - 4600+
Athlon 64 X2 - 4800+
Athlon 64 X2 - 5000+
Athlon 64 X2 - 5200+
Athlon 64 X2 - 5400+
Athlon 64 X2 - 6000+
Athlon 64 X2 - FX62
Athlon 64 X2 - BE-2300
Athlon 64 X2 - BE-2350
Phenom II - 920
Phenom II - 940
Phenom - 8250
Phenom - 8400
Phenom - 8450
Phenom - 8600
Phenom - 8650
Phenom - 8750
Phenom - 9100
Phenom - 9500
Phenom - 9550
Phenom - 9650
Phenom - 9750
Opteron - 1220


Got it from here:

http://www.evga.com/support/motherboard/

Sorry man. According to this your mobo will only support up to a 9750. If anything you might want to see if you can squeez a little more cash out and upgrade your CPU to a Phenom II X4 940. That would benefit you much more than a 9950 would anyways.
July 14, 2009 4:04:00 AM

Ah, that sucks, thanks everybody! But why does it support those cpus? the 9950 has the same power requirements... i guess i can wait a while until the 920 or 940 prices come down.
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July 14, 2009 5:50:54 AM

JDV28 said:
Ah, that sucks, thanks everybody! But why does it support those cpus? the 9950 has the same power requirements... i guess i can wait a while until the 920 or 940 prices come down.


Its a possibility that because Phenom II is actually just a new stepping and die shrink of Phenom that the die shrink and stepping improvements actually cause that 125w TDP to not really exist. Its much like a Intel Q9650 that has a 125wTDP but only hits that actual TDP under full load when OCed to 3.8GHz from the stock 3GHz.

So in essence the PH II 940/920 are more efficient than the 9950 and as well do provide much better performance.
July 14, 2009 4:57:19 PM

Huh, thanks. that makes sense.
July 14, 2009 5:30:10 PM

My old Asus A8N-SLI motherboard didn't officially support an Opteron 175, but it still worked.

I would take Jimmy's advice, he is wise!
July 15, 2009 5:50:43 AM

But will it really be worth it? Will it be a noticeable change?
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