Cpu am2/am3

February 5, 2011 at 06:19:10
Specs: Windows XP, Amd ? 2 Gb ddr2 667MHZ
Hy. i have a question im noob probably asking this but Can i use am3 procesor on am2 motherboard ? I have an gygabite motherboard with am2 slot and i would like to use a better CPU cuse my amd athlon 64 x2 won't work anymore it's broken i guess. So can i use an am3 amd CPU on my mothrboard ?

motherboard gygabite GA-M52S-S3P

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February 5, 2011 at 06:41:44
What do you mean your CPU is "broken"? Describe what's happening.

You have a crappy motherboard but it does support some AM2+ & AM3 processors. You MUST upgrade to the beta BIOS version F4F to be able to run one though. And to be able to upgrade the BIOS, you'll need a working AM2 CPU.

Here's the CPU support list, notice the required BIOS version in the right hand column:


You should also be running DDR2-800. Obviously DDR2-667 will work, but it's less than optimal.

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February 5, 2011 at 08:39:55
well by cpu broken i mean it won't start anymore. I plug in everything needed and hit the button the cooler system starts but nothing else,black screen no response at all.
I have changed the cpu and the motherboard started so that's working,i placed my CPU in another motherboard and the same results only the cooling system and no response at all.

What do you think it can be somehow fixed cuse that would be awesome.

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February 5, 2011 at 08:50:17
It's very difficult to fry a modern CPU. They all have built in thermal protection so it's almost impossible to overheat one to death, but they can fry due to over voltage or a power surge. Obvioulsy if it's physically damaged (cracked substrate or broken pins), there's not much you can do about it. Any idea what caused it to stop working?

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February 5, 2011 at 09:00:15
That's the way i got it already so i don't know how or why it went wrong. But can it be because of the main power in the house ?
Let me explain sometimes the power voltage goes up and down a bit it can be seem on the lights slight changes ones we measured due to some experiment and sometimes we got 230V+a little bit or only 190V+a little bit. Can one that kind of power change fry the cpu ?

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