Topic Title: Compatibility of motherboard and processor 965
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 03/20/2014 05:37 PM
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Good afternoon, my question is: 


I have a processor "AMD Phenom II X4 965 HDZ965FBGIBOX 3.4GHz" on the web Discription said to 140W


My question is, is compatible with AM3+ motherboards?


I'm looking in particular a micro atx motherboard.



Edited: 03/20/2014 at 05:44 PM by NicoMoya
 03/21/2014 09:08 AM
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The answer is.. probably but not necessarily.

YOU need to decide on a motherboard then go to it's web page and examine the cpu compatibility list.


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 03/24/2014 09:52 PM
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As hardwood stated, it depends on the motherboard.

As far as the socket is concerned, yes a socket AM3 CPU / Processor will work on a AM3+ motherboard. They have backwards compatability. I had a socket AM3 Phenom II X6 1090T running in my socket AM3+ motherboard (I just recently grabbed a AM3+ Processor).

AM3+ CPU / Processor will ONLY work on an AM3+ motherboard.

AM3 CPU / Processor will work on an AM3 or AM3+ motherboards. There are a few exceptions where the early Phenom II's could work on a AM2+ motherboard (i.e. Phenom II X4 940).


IMPORTANT: Even though the motherboard uses socket AM3 / AM3+, it may not support the 125W / 140W power draw of a Processor. Some low end boards can only support up to 95W. Keep an eye out...confirm with the manufacturer's website.



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