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AMD Phenom ii x4 AM2+ mobo question

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September 27, 2009 6:45:16 PM

i have a ASUS M3A, yes its an older one but thats my question. i want to buy a faster chip but the new chip i bought is a Phenom ii x4 and in my mobo specs it says it supports Phenom x4 NOT Phenom ii x4. I was wondring if i use it wil will the board take the chip.

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September 28, 2009 12:36:28 AM

M3A isn't the whole model number. More than likely to use it you'll need to update the bios to the newest one. Be careful to read up on how to do it. If you fail you'll ruin your motherboard.
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September 28, 2009 1:39:14 AM

I looked at ASUS website it does show an AM2+ M3A motherboard.
Here is the list of supported CPU's

And indeed for this AM2+ motherboard it only lists the Phenom I series and the older Athlon X2's,Athlons,Semprons etc on this list.
Odd though that there is no updated BIOS for the newer Phenom II's as most of the AM2+ motherboards (especially from trusty ASUS) have newer BIOS updates for their other AM2+ boards.
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September 28, 2009 2:03:30 AM

Phenom IIX3 715 (HDZ715WCJ3DGI),2.8GHz,95W,rev.C2,SocketAM2+,Triple-Core ALL
I didn't see that when I looked. The only Phenom II it says it will run is the 715 with the beta bios. I'm guessing it's a power issue to the socket.
September 28, 2009 2:06:55 AM

thx so much for the info the chip will be here on Tuesday we will see if i can get it to work
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September 28, 2009 2:11:49 AM

Your right good catch It does have a beta bios for one of the Phenom II X3's.
However I don't see that particular one being sold right now.Perhaps it will be on the market soon.I only see the 710 and the 720.I did hear that a faster 740 model would be out soon though but I've never heard of the Phenom II X3 715 before.
September 28, 2009 11:53:58 PM

If i were to change the settings or mod to meet the req for the chip just to get it to work would it burn out my mobo.