Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2L upgrade CPU to E8500

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August 30, 2014 at 06:23:52
Specs: Windows 8.1 x64, all updates, Core i7-3610Qm / 6GB
I'd like to upgrade CPU on Gigabyte GA-945GCM-S2L motherboard to E8500, but it's written on official website that it's only supported by overclocking "(F6(by Overclocking)". What's that supposed to mean? I know in general what overclocking is, but I can't imagine what would I need to do in order to successfully boot up system after upgrade. Could you give me advise, maybe a tutorial on that one?

It's also very weird for Coreā„¢ 2 Quad support. Judging by support it's supposed to be supported, but on unofficial ones, I've seen that it isn't. Which one really applies?

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August 30, 2014 at 09:56:55
See replies to the same question you posted here:

jonuk76 seems to know what he's talking about on that particular subject, certainly more than me.

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August 30, 2014 at 13:39:27
"on official website that it's only supported by overclocking "(F6(by Overclocking)". What's that supposed to mean?"

F6 is the BIOS version. To be able to run the E8500, you will need to have version F6 (or better) before installing the CPU.

"By overclocking" means that the BIOS will NOT auto detect the proper FSB speed of 1333MHz (333MHz frequency). So to get your CPU to run at 3.16GHz (9.5 x 333MHz), you will have to manually set the CPU frequency to 333MHz, otherwise it will default to 266MHz (aka 1066MHz FSB) & your CPU will only run at 2.53GHz (9.5 x 266MHz).

And make sure to run your RAM at 333MHz frequency (DDR667) to match the CPU frequency. That means if you have DDR2-800, you should underclock it.

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August 30, 2014 at 19:31:22
As riider says IF you do decide to upgrade, make sure that you flash your BIOS with the latest version BEFORE you remove your old CPU or you will have to put it back before you can.
Please note that flashing a BIOS has inherent dangers so read up on this and take suitable precautions since a mistake, AC power issue, or wrong BIOS can result in the motherboard being useless.
Please note that riider has given you important numbers in order to overclock the CPU to avoid the motherboard's lack of full automatic support for the full speed of that CPU. Another option would be to see if you can get a P43 or P45 series (chipset) motherboard at a decent price which will fully support the CPU.
Understand further that the system you will have in the end while faster than what you have now, will not be in the same league as a decent modern Intel system.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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