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Am3 processor can damage mother board support only am2?

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August 5, 2010 6:37:28 AM

please help me i used am2 motherboard when i change the processor am3 it shutting down the unit, it could totally damage ?
August 5, 2010 7:07:42 AM

Hello newcomer, welcome to tomshardware :hello: 

You must update your mother-board bios in oder to run the am3 processor.
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August 5, 2010 7:30:19 AM

What motherboard do you have. Does it also support AM3 socket CPUs?
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August 5, 2010 8:27:35 AM

More information on your system, please. Older AM2 boards will not support AM3 CPU's. I should know, I have one of those.
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August 5, 2010 2:07:03 PM

Herr_Koos is correct, you can not use an AM3 CPU in an AM2 mobo (in the vaste majority of cases as pointed out by Raiyus13). You can, however, use an AM3 CPU in an AM2+ mobo if the AM2+'s BIOS supports them.

To determine the compatibility of the CPU, we need to know what make and model of mobo jason_24 is using.
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August 5, 2010 3:09:51 PM

There are very few am2 mobos that can run am3 processors with a bios update (though most of the am2+mobos supports am3 processors with a bios update).
jason_24 just tell us your mother-board details.
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August 5, 2010 3:40:01 PM

the only way i could see it damaging the board is if the board has a max TDP limit (say 95w) and you install a cpu with a TDP that is in excess of the motherboard limit (say 140w)
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August 5, 2010 4:25:10 PM

Possibly, although I do I think you are allowed to interchange am3 with am2
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August 5, 2010 4:25:52 PM

Justin Bieber said:
Possibly, although I do I think you are allowed to interchange am3 with am2


depends on the motherboard, if there is a bios update then you should be fine, if not then you are out of luck
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August 5, 2010 4:48:39 PM

The issue is one of BIOS compatibility and TDP support when looking at AM3 CPUs in AM2/AM2+ sockets. The overwhelming majority of AM2 motherboards simply don't have BIOS versions that support AM3 CPUs.

It is more of an age thing than anything else. Vendors typically don't keep developing BIOS versions indefinitely, they would rather you bought a new board with new bells and whistles.

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October 24, 2011 5:08:51 AM

I have a MSI K9N6PGM2-v2 (euro) with Phenom X4 9750 and a PNY GTS450 video. This system has resulted in 3 dead motherboards...after the second time a larger case and upgrade of the powersuppoly from 450 to 500...
Runs for 3 days, then bam...motherboard is dead...even the PS wont engage on this board dead.


JM
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October 24, 2011 6:43:20 AM

The answer to the damage question is no. It should NOT damage it. But as the others said, the likelihood of likelihood of it working is very low since most AM2 board did not receive the bios update needed to run the AM3 parts. Most were lucky to get AM2+. Mine didn't even get that.
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March 14, 2012 2:02:45 AM

FALC0N said:
The answer to the damage question is no. It should NOT damage it. But as the others said, the likelihood of likelihood of it working is very low since most AM2 board did not receive the bios update needed to run the AM3 parts. Most were lucky to get AM2+. Mine didn't even get that.


Well after a few months I download the microsoft flight sim and right in the middle of the game the Third board blew...im staying away from MSI from now on.
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