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Old 02-19-2011, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default Beginner question about CPU's and motherboards. Links included.

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core 3.2GHz 2MB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache 125W AM3 Retail

I have this CPU.
Wanting to know if this motherboard will be compatible,

Asus M4A88TD-M AMD 880G mATX, AM3, DDR3, RAID VGA/DVI/HDMI SATA3 Hybrid CrossFireX Motherboard - AMD Motherboard - Elive.co.nz

I have x3 2GB RAM, a 650W PSU.

Thank you in advance to all helpful individuals. (:


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Old 02-19-2011, 05:38 AM   #2
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Default Re: Beginner question about CPU's and motherboards. Links included.

well, there are two main things that i (personally) look at when searching for compatibility: Socket type and power consumption.

Both of those are immediately visable on the CPU: Its socket is 'AM3' and its power consumption is 125W.

Now, looking at the motherboard, it does support AMD Socket AM3, and power ratings up to 140W. So, yes, this CPU will work with the motherboard.

you could also look at the architecture, but if the socket and wattage are the same on both, the architecture probably is. And indeed, it is 45nm on both.
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