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AMD Phenom 2 x4 940 Black Edition

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March 16, 2010 11:22:43 AM

Hi, I currently have Gygabyte motherboard GA-MA770-DS3 revision 1 http://www.giga-byte.com/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport... and AMD processor 3800 + 64 x2 http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUDetail.aspx?id=... and I would like to have a new processor in computer. I saw that I could buy Phenom 2 which is made for AM2+ socket. Seems that this Phenom 2 http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten... is pretty good processor but I dont know if motherboard that I currently have could deliver that much power. I also have 2 GB of RAM ATI HD 3870 and 500 w PSU so I think by buying this product I could get much better computer for some time. Do yout think that this processor would be compatible with this motherboard? Thank in advance.
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March 16, 2010 11:28:02 AM

This proc. is not listed in the AM3 socket support list.
But, why would you get the 940? Get the 955 it's $160 and it's a little faster than it + is in the list of CPU's supported:) 

BTW whats the price of this 940 you wanna get?
March 16, 2010 11:31:40 AM

My motherboard does not support AM3 socket. This is the only Phenom 2 which has AM2+ socket. The price will be around 200 USD.
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March 16, 2010 11:36:19 AM

Toxicate said:
My motherboard does not support AM3 socket. This is the only Phenom 2 which has AM2+ socket. The price will be around 200 USD.


Well i dunno what to say then, go get it:) 
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March 16, 2010 11:50:27 AM

Toxicate said:
The problem is that I dont know whether this motherboard will be able to support it since it is not listed on the supported list of CPU with AM2+ socket. I dont want to spend more than what I have to. I also found this comparison http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUSideBySide.aspx... and this benchmark http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+Phen... and if it would be compatible with mother board it would probably be pretty bad not to get it.


No, it's not on the list...
And yes it's an excellent quad CPU

And on this site:
http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Gigabyte/GA-MA770-DS3%28r...

It says your mobo is compatible with 940
Hmm.....
March 16, 2010 12:00:53 PM

Yes I see that you are absolutely right. I sent a question to the Gygygabyte to so I am right know waiting for an answer. Thanks for the link. I also think that this Phenom should be compatible with this board but I wouldnt want to spend money if it is not.
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March 16, 2010 12:04:55 PM

Toxicate said:
Yes I see that you are absolutely right. I sent a question to the Gygygabyte to so I am right know waiting for an answer. Thanks for the link. I also think that this Phenom should be compatible with this board but I wouldnt want to spend money if it is not.


Post when you get the answer;)
March 18, 2010 6:42:01 AM

I have finally received an answer on this question from Gygabyte.

Q: Hi, I wanted to ask You if You could tell me whether I could replace my current processor with AMD Phenom 2 x4 940 http://www.ve-mil.hr/opis.aspx?prikaziTemplate=0&Sifra=... ? I know that it has the same socket as the current processor but I cannot find it in your compatibility list for this motherboard http://www.giga-byte.com/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport... I am also aware that it uses more power and I cannot find in technical data if this motherboard supports it.


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Model Name : GA-MA770-DS3(rev. 1.0)
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M/B Rev : 1.0
BIOS Ver : 3.0
Serial No. :
Purchase Dealer :
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VGA Brand : ATi Model : 3870
CPU Brand : AMD Model : 3800+ x2 Speed : 2000
Operation System : Win XP SP :
Memory Brand : Type : DDRII
Memory Size : 2048 Speed : 800
Power Supply : 500 W
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A: Dear Sir,

Thank you for your kindly mail and inquiry. About the question you mentioned, due to chipset specification and hardware design, GA-MA770-DS3(rev. 1.0) cannot support AMD Phenom 2 x4 940 processors. We suggest you to contact with your CPU vendor and see if they can help you to change other model instead. Sorry for the inconvenience.

At last, if you still have any further question to this issue or suggestion about our products/service, please do not hesitate to contact with us. If you have any issue different from original, make sure you issue a new form in order to get proper assistance and it may be response faster as well. We will try our best to help you resolve the problem ASAP.

Best Regards,
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY
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I have a big dillemma right now about purchase. Does anyone now for sure why this would be possible or not? Are there any other things to consider except socket when buying a processor like wattage or something else? I know that this processor is stated to be 125W and my current one is 89W but on the compatibility list there is another Phenom 9750 X4 which is also processor of 125W and is compatible.

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