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Apparently newegg just killed AM2+ CPU's. Unfortunately, I still have some servers running on AM2+. Are there any quad core AM3 CPU's that are fully compatible with a AM2+ motherboard and DDR2 RAM?

Stupid question I suppose, but I haven't really been keeping up with this.
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any am3 cpu will work in am2 and am2+ boards
they have ddr2 imc and will run at the lower bus speeds
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any am3 cpu will work in am2 and am2+ boards
they have ddr2 imc and will run at the lower bus speeds
Thanks. Like I said, I haven't been keeping up with this stuff at all. Sorry for the noobish question
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post #4 of 9
the motherboard might need a bios update to work fully with the am3 cpu's tho
youll have to look it up at the mfg site
post #5 of 9
You will most likely need to update the bios first. If you are unsure on AM3 support, go to the motherboard manufacturer's site, look up the specific motherboard model, and check the CPU support. They also usually list the bios version required to run the CPU.

Generally speaking, pretty much all AM2+ boards support AM3 processors. The only exception to this is running a Thuban (the hexacores) in an Award bios. Phoenix never released the microcode to support Thuban on AM2+ boards, but AMI did.
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a am2+ would usually support am3 chips depending on how old it is. it should be just a bios update away
     
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Backwards compatible
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Not ANY AM3 will work...


some do not like the higher wattage x6 cores, but other than that they all work.
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Not ANY AM3 will work...


some do not like the higher wattage x6 cores, but other than that they all work.
The fastest hexacore, the 1100T, only has a 125W TDP. A basic quad core, like the Phenom II 955, has the same TDP of 125W. It shouldn't be related to power draw at all. It's going to rely on bios support, and as I mentioned the hexacores will not work with Phoenix Award bios based motherboards.
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