CPU Compatibility With Motherboard (Sockets)

Asus M2n68-la motherboard
December 17, 2010 at 04:49:43
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi , my motherboard is ( ASUS M2N68-LA ) socket [AM2] , im planning to buy an ( AMD PHENOM X4 CPU ) socket [AM3]

I heard that i just need to install an Updated BIOS , is that info correct ?

Now , what do you advise me to do ? I actually want to have the maximum performance that the CPU gives me , if that possible .
Or i do need a new MotherBoard .

Any help will be appreciated
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CPU : Athlon x2 64 2ghz
RAM: DDR2 4GB


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#1
December 17, 2010 at 05:25:11
The M2N68-LA (Narra3-GL8E) is an OEM board made by ASUS for HP (& others). You won't find a BIOS update at the ASUS site, you will have to go thru HP. IMO, upgrading to a quad on that board will be a waste of money, but it's your money. Make note of the 95W max rating:

http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/...


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#2
December 17, 2010 at 07:41:44
So , you think getting a Quad Core CPU is waste of money although the Quad Core im getting is a 95W already and the MB support it , where exactly you think the wrong exists ?

Or , what does the CPU actually need to freely gives the max performance ?
Is it RAM , or no way with this MB at all?


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#3
December 17, 2010 at 08:27:44
There are currently very few apps that take advantage of a quad core. If you regularly run one of those apps, it may be worthwhile. What is it that your system can't do with the dual core you have now? And which quad do you plan on getting? I don't see any AM3 processors on the list I posted, although it may be an incomplete list. And since you have an AM2 board which is based on a 5 yr old nForce4 chipset, it definitely doesn't support HT 3.0. The HT bus will only run at 1000MHz rather than 2600MHz. What speed RAM do you have?

Here's a list of the AM3 X4 CPUs currently available at newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

But there's only one Phenom that runs at 95W & it sells for $130. That's more than your system is worth:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#4
December 17, 2010 at 08:31:17
If u want quad core so bad, build or buy another system that accept newer amd cpu.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#5
December 17, 2010 at 10:05:22
some new apps or most new apps dont even support quad core technology, i dont see it supporting it anytime soon.
i see the dual core u have now is doing a more than enough job, why arent u satisfied with it? anyways its ur money we only give advice u want quad core get a quad core with a full new system

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#6
December 17, 2010 at 11:24:24
Thanks guys , i got the point

Edited : In fact i was just going to increase my clock speed , i searched CPUs through the net , it seemed to me that the dual core at (high clock speed) almost equals the quad core (at the same clock) , and yea im used to work with some apps like photoshop and (Video Game Maps Editors) , i was in a way asking if the quad core will help me (or even the dual core) at a higher clock speed in these apps , also some new Video Game do not even Run without quad core CPU !
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It shows in PC Wizard : RAM 2 x 2048 ( 399MHZ)


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#7
December 18, 2010 at 09:49:43
Even with a good gaming v-card u aren't going to see huge improvement. Newer games require or will require more than two cores to run well(GTA IV, MAFIA II etc.). I recommend buying or build a gaming system(quad core cpu + a good gaming v-card). There's no overclocking options in OEM boards.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#8
December 21, 2010 at 01:44:51
No way then to run such games on this kind of system ? or i could buy quad core am2+ will resolve it .

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#9
December 21, 2010 at 08:32:24
U can run those games but not well(even with a good v-card). There are good and cheap athlon/phenom II x3 x4 which outpeform am2+ quad cores. For 500 U.S.D u can build a nice gaming rig http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires peace prepare for war - PROPHET.


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