Can I use AM3 chip in AM2+ Socket Tags: CPUs Chip Socket AMD Product Last response: February 12, 2012 11:53 AM in CPUs Share chasesavestheday February 11, 2012 5:46:09 PM I have read that I may be able to use an AM3 chip in my current AM2+ socket. Also not sure if there is bios support for AM3 chip? Mobo Biostar TPower N750 : http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_... AMD Phenom II X4 AM3 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Or AMD Penom II x4 AM3 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Does it matter if one is 95w, and the other is 125w? Current setup: Biostar TPower N750 AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ @ 2.9GHz 4 GB GSKill DDR2 1066 500 watt PSU GeForce 8800GT 2 250GB 7200RPM Seagate 1 32GB SSD OCZ I'm wanting to refresh this system without having to replace everything. I would like to upgrade CPU and GFX card to GeForce GTX 560 More about : am3 chip am2 socket theDanijel February 11, 2012 6:27:57 PM Yes. You can use an AM3 cpu in an AM2+ socket. But you must update your BIOS and check the cpu support list on the mbo website. scout_03 a b à CPUs a b À AMD February 11, 2012 7:11:02 PM maximum support is a 945 check cpu list http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_... Related resources Performance of AM3 chip in an AM2 + board - Forum Can I place a Socket AM2 + CPU into a Socket AM3 + Motherboard? - Forum AM2 Chip working on AM3 Board? - Forum AM2 + , AM3 dual socket motherboard ? - Forum Difference between am2 am2 + and am3 socket - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer anort3 a c 218 à CPUs a b À AMD February 11, 2012 7:13:05 PM There is a CPU support list right on the motherboard page. It will NOT support either of the CPUs you have linked to. The max is a Phenom II x 4 955. davcon a c 117 à CPUs a b À AMD February 12, 2012 2:43:59 AM I'd order this even if it is back ordered atm. Supply will soon be non-existent. Don't be concerned if you've never heard of NCIX. Reputable company. AMD Phenom II X4 955 http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=47459&vpn=HDZ955FBGMBO... anort3 a c 218 à CPUs a b À AMD February 12, 2012 2:59:47 AM ^ NCIX is a very good website. More popular in Canada than here in the US but they are very competitive with newegg in price. truegenius a b à CPUs February 12, 2012 11:53:55 AM it may support 980 (as it is same as 955 but clocked higher, both are daneb chips) it will not support 960t as it is zosma chip and your board does not support zosma or thuban chip. Higher clock speed cpu use higher Wattage. Your board supports upto 125w cpu Use new stepping cpu (c3 stepping) as they use less power and overclock higher than older one. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources : ForumAM2 + with AM3 chip . BIOS support needed! ForumAM2 chip works, 2 AM3's won't even POST ForumAM3 and AM2 + ForumAM3 processor on AM2 + chipset? ForumAnybody used AM3 CPU on AM2 board successfully ? ForumAMD 8-core Bulldozers to use AM3 socket ? ForumAM3 CPU in AM2 + Mobo = significant bottleneck or no? ForumWill a AM3 CPU in a AM2 + socket and DDR2 Memory slow my computer down? ForumBest Cpu cooler for ~40 ForumCan these wires be fixed? ForumWhat is the differenc between am3 and fm 1 sockets ForumCan I use ATX&ESP or just ATX psu? ForumDamaged LGA 1156 socket? ForumCan't decide on case for gaming build. Forum[Solved] Using a 775 Socket Heatsink for 1155 Socket Motherboard More resources Read discussions in other CPUs categories AMD Intel Intel i5 Intel i7 Phenom Cooling Performance !