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Will my ASUS MB M3A78-EM support AMD FX-4170?

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i need to ask whether my M3A78-EM asus board will support AMD FX-4170. it is am2/am2+ board.Currently i am using phenom 9650 .Someone told that fx4170 must need am3+ thats why i asked .Kindly help

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    The board has to be AM3+ to support AMD FX CPUs. Among the many reasons is that AM3+ CPUs are 942-pin where as AM3 is 941 and AM2/2+ is 940. You could use an AM3 processor on an AM3+ board but you could not put an AM3+ CPU on an AM2/2+ or AM3 board. It would also be impossible to use an AM2 CPU on an AM3/3+ board as the AM2 CPU lacks a DDR3 controller.
  2. but am2/am2+ boards support am3/am3+ processors , plus 1 more thing i read at this link , just have a look and comment

    http://event.asus.com/mb/am3_cpu_support/
  3. so a board supporting am3 will support am3+ or not?
  4. AM3 processors can be used on AM2 boards because they still have a DDR2 memory controller on chip in addition to a DDR3 memory controller. AM3+ processors are entirely different and will not work on anything except an AM3+ motherboard; among the changes with AM3+ (FX) processors is that they do not have a DDR2 memory controller. They will not work on an AM2 board.

    There have, however, been AM3 boards that are capable of running AM3+ processors but only an AM3 board can do this and even then the support is hit and miss if successful at all.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AM3%2B#Socket_AM3.2B
  5. thnx , i got it , now i have to change my mood of upgrading processor , as now i have to upgrade minimum motherboard and ram too for processor :(
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  7. pksvspks1234 said:
    thnx , i got it , now i have to change my mood of upgrading processor , as now i have to upgrade minimum motherboard and ram too for processor :(

    You could look into buying an AM3 processor for your motherboard as they do work on AM2 motherboards. It wouldn't be an FX processor but you can still get a really nice AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition processor for $110. (From newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 ) IMO, still a great processor.
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