Posted this in the CPU forum as well, but I think it's applicable to this section too. I thought I might get some more thoughts from the mobo specialists.
I ordered an Athlon II X4 640 to slot into my Asus M2NPV-VM. Recent BIOS updates (v5005) expanded the CPU support list to include the 640 (but nothing beyond that). My CPU arrived yesterday, and to my shock and horror they sent me the 645!
It'll be great if it works since I get 100MHz for free, but I'm a bit nervous that the board won't support the 645. It's essentially the same CPU, just with a higher multiplier... What are the risks here?
Any comments or advice will be greatly appreciated.
It's an AM2 board so I don't think Asus will be issuing more BIOS updates. The previous one that included the Athlon/Phenom II chips was released September last year. I was very surprised that they went to the trouble of updating it at all.
The GPU is re-installed and running perfectly. As for the CPU bench, I would not expect it to run at 100% of its theoretical capability in such an old mobo, but it still made a huge improvement over the old one. You want to suggest a benchmark?
re. benchmark, I was just thinking something like Sandra.
Interestingly, I got a response from ASUS and they said it's not supported.
Of course, 'supported' and 'working' are not necessarily the same thing.
I don't have warranty anyway so its not really important that its supported.
Presumably they would need to test it before officially supporting it.
Think I'll give it a go. Its the mother-in-law's machine, so all I wanted was more grunt than her current 3200+ CPU without needing to rebuild/reinstall etc...