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Topic Title: Older Gigabyte motherboard and a Phenom II X4
Topic Summary: cpu support question
Created On: 01/31/2012 10:50 AM
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 01/31/2012 10:50 AM
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Magellan Wannabe
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I have a GA-MA78G-DS3HP (rev. 2) Gigabyte motherboard that has been in storage for two years. I recently have been using it again. I want to upgrade the CPU in order to get as much life and bang out of this mb as possible. Presently I am using an AMD Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane 5200+ 2.7 GHz.The CPU support list indicates that many of the AMD Phenom II X4 Deneb processors will work on this motherboard. There are two newer processors that are not on the CPU support list. I am asking about (1) AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX and (2) the AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ980FBK4DGM. With a bios change to the F5I bios, is it safe to make the assumption that these CPU's will work on the motherboard considering that 20 other Deneb family CPU's are supported. Can you please confirm or discourage the use of these two processors with my Gigabyte motherboard.


Or Is it foolish to prolong the life of my old board with DDR2 memory? Should I be thinking new board with DDR3 RAM and AMD Fx cpu?

Thank you.

Todd STewart

Edited: 01/31/2012 at 03:25 PM by Magellan Wannabe
 01/31/2012 05:00 PM
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If their not on your mobo's cpu support than their not supported and I wouldn't assume just because your board supports 20 other Denebs that these cpu's will work without any problems.

I don't think its foolish to want to prolong the life of your AM2+ system but with PhenomII starting to get hard to find it would be worth it to go with a AM3+ board and a FX chip or even a F1 socket (APU)

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 02/01/2012 01:51 PM
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Magellan Wannabe
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Thanks for the comment Slayer. My motherboard I think has lots of life left in it. It can accept AM2/AM2+ and AM3. About the only one my mb supports and is available at through my favorite supplier is the Phenom II X4 960T.

I had heard mixed reviews about the Fx cpu. I thought I should stick with the Phenom II cpu. I had it in my head that I want a quad or hex core at >3.2 GHz. But, some suggest getting a 960T and unlocking it. But then I'd need a new mb anyway 'cuz my mb doesn't support core unlocking. Hence, I think the best way to go my be to jump from my Athlon 64 X2 Brisbane to the AMD new generation. I'm not a gamer, but I may try some games to see what all the excitement is about plus my 12 year old son may like a better PC gaming experience than his Xbox 360.

Has AMD stopped production of all the Phenom II X4 and X6 cpu's?
 02/02/2012 09:58 AM
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Yes, sad but true, AMD is phasing out the Phenon II X4 and X6 CPU's.

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 02/02/2012 02:50 PM
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Yeah, the FX chip got a lot of bad reviews and for people like Nemesis and me there's just not enough of a preformence gain to make it worth getting one, but if you think about it you'll be jumping from a old dual-core Athlon to a 6 or 8 core FX cpu with DDR3 ram wich would be a huge jump in performance.

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 02/04/2012 12:35 PM
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It's too bad, as that's the little bro of my motherboard. You'd think they would have kept up with the CPU additions like they did with mine.

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