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June 17, 2010 2:23:03 AM

I've seen a lot of "Is this CPU compatible with my system" posts. So I figured I would create a post with some guidelines. Please feel free to post comments for any errors, improvements or additions.

For any information about your computer you do not know, you will be able to find out through the use of the program CPU-Z, including motherboard information:
http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

For CPU compatibility with your system, you will want to look at 4 things:

1. Socket support.
The CPU has to be compatible with your motherboard's socket. Here is a brief list of mainstream CPUs and the sockets they will work in as of June 2010:
AMD
Athlon 64: AM2, AM2+
Phenom (includes Athlon): AM2, AM2+
Phenom II (includes Athlon II): AM2, AM2+ AM3

Intel
Core 2: socket 775
Core i3/ i5/ i7 (8xx models only): 1156
Core i7 (7xx models only): 1366

Additional reference:
http://www.cpu-world.com/

2. Chipset support.
Reseach your chipset (I find wikipedia is surprisingly good for this) to find the CPUs compatible with that chipset. Chipset manufacturers include AMD, Intel and Nvidia.

Additional reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_AMD_chipsets
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Nvidia_chips...

3. Motherboard wattage support must support the TDP of given CPU.
Listed on most manufacturer's websites, even OEMs like HP.

4. Bios support.
This is easy with a motherboard you bought non-OEM. Simply visit the Motherboard manufacturer's website, look up your Motherboard model and look for "CPU support".
This is more difficult with OEM motherboards. (motherboards that came with computers purchased from the likes of HP, Acer etc. These are OEM manufacturers) They will only ever officially support the CPUs that they came with originally.
There is always the odd chance that if the chipset is compatible, the CPU will work, regardless. If the bios is not compatible, it might not work properly. From incorrect speeds to just not working at all. The only way to know for sure if your CPU will work in the case of steps 1-3 checking out but step 4 not checking out is to try the CPU in the computer or find another person with the exact same computer who has tried your "new" CPU in their computer. That said, if it meets steps 1-3, it will likely work.

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June 17, 2010 2:40:29 AM

Well presented!
October 7, 2011 9:29:01 PM

Question, how can you find out what CPUs are compatible with your BIOS and what are not?
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October 7, 2011 9:40:55 PM

You forgot second generation Intel 1155 and don't forget to update for the Bulldozers coming out on wednesday.
August 1, 2014 5:36:47 AM

cheddar said:
Question, how can you find out what CPUs are compatible with your BIOS and what are not?




u can try this site,hope its will help you ;)  :http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-Intel
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August 1, 2014 6:29:12 AM

Wwhat about high-end Enthusiast Intel i7 and Xeon LGA 2011 motherboards? I guess that since there are 3 flavors of the LGA-2011 pin layout, you kind of skipped over that? :D 
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