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Will Athlon 64 X2 work on AM3+?

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I know this is probably a stupid question, but I was just wondering if an Athlon 64 dual core will work on an AM3+ board. My friend got a free computer and has this processor currently, and he doesn't have a lot of money, so we're upgrading it piece by piece and he wants to do upgrade to bulldozer, so I was just wondering if his processor will work on an am3+ board while we wait to upgrade it.
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No.

Also, you could grab a nice AM3 Athlon II X2 for ~$35 to tide you over. Here's the link.
Edited by t-ramp - 8/17/11 at 7:35am
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Dont think so because they dont have ddr3 controllers
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Alright thanks, well then I guess we will have to upgrade the cpu and mobo at the same time.

Do you think an Athlon ii x2 would perform well, even after bulldozer comes out? Because I'm assuming they would become pretty cheap after bulldozer..
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Which Athlon 64 X2? There are Socket 939, AM2, and a AM2+ series.

Nevermind.... Only a DDR2 IMC means absolutely no.
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Originally Posted by BloodyRory;14614393 
Do you think an Athlon ii x2 would perform well, even after bulldozer comes out? Because I'm assuming they would become pretty cheap after bulldozer..
Well, it won't even come close to "modern" dual-cores, let alone higher-tier CPUs, but you can overclock it pretty high and get more than acceptable performance in a lot of games.
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Originally Posted by t-ramp;14614427 
Well, it won't even come close to "modern" dual-cores, but you can overclock it pretty high and get more than acceptable performance in a lot of games.

Yeah but my friend is just into MMO's, plays mostly stuff on 360, so I might just end up getting him one of those or a phenom in the future after bulldozer because I might be able to find them for pretty cheap.

Alright thanks, and yeah I was only asking because his is a socket AM2, so I was just wondering if it work on that AM3+ board that's all.
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Originally Posted by BloodyRory;14614447 
Yeah but my friend is just into MMO's, plays mostly stuff on 360, so I might just end up getting him one of those or a phenom in the future after bulldozer because I might be able to find them for pretty cheap.

Alright thanks, and yeah I was only asking because his is a socket AM2, so I was just wondering if it work on that AM3+ board that's all.
Sounds good. As has been said, AM3(+) boards use DDR3 memory, so the CPU would need a DDR3 IMC, which the Athlon 64 doesn't. However, AM3 chips have both DDR2 and 3 IMCs, so you can usually use them on AM2(+) boards.
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AM2 CPUs only have a DDR2 memory controller so they won't work in any AMD socket that is DDR3 only. So it wouldn't be compatible with AM3 let alone AM3+.
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