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Phenom II x4 955 be ga ma770 s3 rev1.0 am2+

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July 27, 2011 7:11:32 AM

Currently have:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ (3.2 ghz 125w)
Giga-byte GA-MA770-S3 rev1.0 - http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...
4 GB DDR2 800
GTX 260 896MB (and an 8800GT in another otherwise identical rig)

Will a 955 BE work in my motherboard? The site shows it as not supported but I was under the impression it would work even in AM2+ and DDR2. Perhaps the Bios just wouldn't recognize it?

I game and photoshop a lot and was thinking about just buying two 955 BE as a temporary upgrade for a year or so until I see how the new AMD pans out and comes down in price.

If it would support it, do you think it would be a noticeable upgrade for the $120/ea for the two machines for gaming and photoshop. I play MMO, FPS and RTS games a lot.
a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2011 7:22:00 AM

No. Your motherboard supports Phenom FX / Phenom / Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 X2 but not the Phenom II which is AM3.
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July 27, 2011 7:28:09 AM

Thanks, that is a shame though. I was hoping for once to have a cheap upgrade to hold me over. Oh well I expect I will just have to upgrade everything, more or less, in the next six months.

I got a bit excited as they mentioned the 955BE as a nice upgrade for AM2+ boards.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-llano-proces...
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a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2011 7:56:20 AM

Oh, hold on a moment.
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a b V Motherboard
July 27, 2011 8:02:11 AM

On second thought, you should be able to use Phenom ii according to Gigabyte's website. http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=... I think you will need to update to rev 2.0 first. It does say AM3 ready on the front, do you remember if the box your motherboard came with mentioned any of this?
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July 27, 2011 9:36:08 AM

Unfortunately mine are rev 1.0. Not sure what is different on the rev 2.0, but the rev 2.0 does show that the 955BE is accepted. Guess I bought my motherboards just a bit too soon?

And no there is no mention of it on the box for those processors or the website.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
July 27, 2011 1:03:59 PM

The Phenom II X4 955 has been out for a longtime and so I doubt that Gigabyte will suddenly add support of the CPUID; my observations are none of the Phenom II or Athlon II CPUs are listed. Further, with a single exception no 4000 System Bus(MT/s) CPUs are supported. Most importantly, there are physical differences between the rev 1 & 2 -- look at the images and count the MOSFET / VRM one additional phase makes all the difference.

Look at this list -> http://www.gigabyte.com/support-downloads/cpu-support-p...

N/A = Not support
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3200MHz 512KBx4 6MB Deneb 45nm C3 125W 4000 N/A
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3200MHz 512KBx4 6MB Deneb 45nm C3 95W 4000 N/A
AMD Phenom II X4 955 3200MHz 512KBx4 6MB Deneb 45nm C2 125W 4000 N/A

GA-MA770-S3 (rev. 1.0)

GA-MA770-S3 (rev. 2.0)
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July 27, 2011 5:01:15 PM

Ya I did look at those lists, tis how I knew that rev 2.0 did support em. Was just wishful thinking on my part that I might be able to get a good performance boost with just a CPU upgrade.

Mine is still "ok" for most games. I just know the next crop with BF3 and PS2 and the like are gonna kick it square in the teeth. If I could have gotten away with sub $150 upgrade for a good boost I would have done it. Past that I am sure I am better off with whole new MB, CPU, RAM, & Video card. I'll just have to bite the bullet and build a new rig for sub $1k.

Now I'll just wait on new AMD to see if it or Intel chips are now the "Bang for the Buck".

Thanks guys.
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July 27, 2011 5:02:13 PM

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