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Topic Title: Phenom II x3 "z715" mystery cpu... does it even exist?
Topic Summary: Non-existing Phenom II stated as the only AM2-mobo compatible Phenom II
Created On: 11/01/2009 07:32 PM
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 11/01/2009 07:32 PM
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Hello people;

To keep it short:
I have an AM2 motherboard (AM2 without the +)
and I am looking for a cpu upgrade.
I currently have an Athlon 64 3800+ EE,
and I would like to upgrade to a cpu with more cores.

I've seen the reviews about the ne Athlon II and Phenom II CPUs, and they look very promising, even though I am limited to a 95W tdp CPU.

There is 1 problem though:
Almost all motherboard manufacturers claim motherboard compatibility for their AM2 (without the +) motherboards with only 1 specific Phenom II,
and that is the Phenom II x3 "z715", part number HDZ715WCJ3DGI.

The problem with this cpu is that it does not seem to exist...
Even does not state it; so even AMD itself does not seem to know this cpu.

So, is this cpu a Halloween creation, or is their more to it?

My AM2 motherboard is an MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital, and as with other motherboard manufacurers like ASUS etcetera, MSI lists this CPU as the ONLY Phenom II which they list as being supported on their AM2 mobos.

So, what is going on?
Is this cpu just a typo?
Very unlikely, as many mobo manufacturers state it on their website as the only Phenom II capable of running on their AM2 mobos (AM2 without the +).
Or was this cpu on AMD's roadmap some day, but did AMD decide later not to manufacture it?

It puzzles me, as this cpu is nowhere to be found on this planet,
and I'm looking to upgrade my cpu.
If my AM2 mobo will not support Phenom II of Athlon II CPUs, then i'll go for an Athlon 64 x2 (K8),
but I would like to know this as soon as possible, because the K8s are gettting harder to find.

Thank you very much in advance;
 11/01/2009 08:03 PM
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Its a planed CPU that's not out yet.

I show it as being over a month late to make its debut.

You do know that AM2+ AM3 boards start as low as $54.00 and would be better then the board you have now right?

Why limit your self ?

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 01/28/2010 05:42 PM
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Hi guy's,
i am a newbie from Germany and have got the same trouble with this MSI K9AG Neo2-Digital board.
MSI told me that i can use the Phenom II X4 9860 but i have to update my BIOS. This is done (A7368AMS.1B0) but I cann
not buy this cpu.
actually i use the Athlon x2 BE-2400 but with windows7 i need more cpu power. Can I use the 955?

Kindly regards from Germany

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