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Will my Mobo support this?

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January 24, 2010 12:18:54 AM

I'm looking to upgrade from my old E6300 Dual Core to a Core 2 Quad Q9400. Here

Mobo: Asus P5L-VM 1394 Socket LGA 775. Here

It supports the socket, i'm just not sure if it has quad core support?

Flashed the bios to the latest update 1033, and found this article.

So I guess it'll work. Any input?

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January 24, 2010 1:53:50 AM

I looked at the CPU support list for that board and there was no mention of it being able to handle 45nm technology CPU's which would cause me concern.

It is quite plausible though that a BIOS update might have addressed the issue.

Mind you when they offer those BIOS updates I'm quite accustomed to seeing the mfg. make a note of what exactly the update addressed.

If it doesn't say something like "added support for 45nm processors" I'd still be skeptical.

ETA: I just nosed around in the downloads section for that board and the BIOS before the one you just got says for added CPU support and to check the CPU support list.

Well I checked the list they show and there's no mention of anything that's 45nm.

January 24, 2010 2:23:58 AM

Found this on the specifications under the CPU support list for this board.

Intel Socket 775 Core™2 Extreme/Pentium® D/Pentium® 4/Celeron D Processors
Compatible with Intel® 05B/05A/06 processors
Support Intel® next generation 45nm CPU
Support Intel® EM64T/EIST/Hyper-Threading Technology

The auction ended, but scroll down to the specifications list here
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January 24, 2010 2:52:09 AM

I went back to the Asus site again and that part does match their specifications so in that regard it's very promising as it mentions the 45nm CPU's.

I just find it odd that they don't list any in the CPU support list but then again it wouldn't be the first time a site was in need of updating.

You'd think they would have made mention in the BIOS update too instead of using generalities but.................

It would be much more reassuring if someone who actually has the board and has done this would chime in. :) 
January 24, 2010 2:55:13 AM

Yeah I agree, I'm really skeptical now; I don't see support for anything better than an e6700 dual core which bothers me. my second choice was a e8400 dualcore too =(
January 24, 2010 3:37:26 AM

If anyone has any input on this motherboard, or i'd really like to know if anyone has it and is running anything better than the e6700. thanks!
January 24, 2010 4:05:50 AM

pib191 said:
Yeah I agree, I'm really skeptical now; I don't see support for anything better than an e6700 dual core which bothers me. my second choice was a e8400 dualcore too =(

I dunno it's looking to me more and more like I wouldn't take the chance unless I got a definite yea or nay from an Asus tech.

I found this site and there's no 9XXX series CPU's listed there either.

Then I also came upon this thread where they are talking about a Q9400 and the same chipset you have..........
January 24, 2010 5:07:29 AM

Yeah man, I think i'm just going to go ahead and upgrade to a newer mobo. I really appreciate your effort; you've been a real help and have my thanks
a c 89 V Motherboard
January 24, 2010 5:22:42 AM

What chipset does it have? (sorry, on slow laptop and I'm not waiting for links to load) P35/P45 should handle 45nm quads ok. The 680/650i boards do not. I have a P5K-E premium with WIFI and it has the P35 and supports 45nm quads. Your P5L should be newer, but I don't know which chipset it has.
January 24, 2010 5:39:30 AM

4745454b said:
What chipset does it have?

Chipset is Intel 945G.

Site board specifications mention 45nm technology but CPU support list in several places does not indicate Q9XXX support.

Some info indicates socket/board may support it but if BIOS doesn't there's still an issue.

Just don't seem to have found anything definitive as of yet.
a c 89 V Motherboard
January 24, 2010 6:17:57 AM

The first boards that supported the C2D were the 965/975 boards. The 945 second gen boards also recieved the power regulators needed to run the C2D chips. I doubt however they support the 45nm quads. Unless you read where it does support it, I would assume that it wouldn't. The chipset is simply to old.