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Asus M5A87 with Phenom II x4 965 BE

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July 21, 2012 2:33:23 PM

I've decided to get the Phenom II x4 965 for my new build and just want to make sure that the Asus M5A87 will support it out of the box. I don't have an AM3+ CPU available to update the BIOS revision if it is not supported so I was hoping somebody could help me with this.

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a b V Motherboard
July 21, 2012 2:37:01 PM

Should be supported out of the box. That is a new board released way past the 965.
July 21, 2012 2:37:34 PM

AM3+ boards are backwards compatible with AM3 chips so there is nothing to update, it will work right away. If you had an older motherboard and a new chip that's when you have to update the BIOS.
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July 21, 2012 2:44:06 PM

Thanks for the replies, but on the Asus website it says that it's supported from BIOS revision 0302, so is there any way I can find out which revision the board is at stock?

July 21, 2012 3:09:19 PM

Trust me when I tell you that 965's have worked perfectly fine since even the M4A series motherboards I was selling over a year ago. There is no sure-fire way to tell the BIOS revision of a motherboard prior to using it... I often run into this sort of problem when new processors come out.
July 21, 2012 3:15:43 PM

I understand. Thank you for the resassurance, hopefully everything goes according to plan.
a b V Motherboard
July 21, 2012 7:26:36 PM

Sometimes, the BIOS version that came with the board is on a sticker inside the manual. Or else, check the production date of the board (you may have to decipher the code on the box, it is usually written in weeks into a year). For reference, the 0502 bios was released in June of 2011, so if your board is manufactured past that, you know it will come with newer BIOS versions than that. Also, the 331 BIOS is what ASUS lists as the first BIOS you can update to (Initial Release), which means the 0302 BIOS was either the initial shipping BIOS, or internal testing BIOS, and thus the 965 was supported the minute the board shipped more than 1 year ago. SO, you are SAFE.