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Wrong CPU in Mobo would it hurt?


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Hello All,
I was wondering if a CPU was put into a Mobo that did not support it if it would physically hurt either one to the point of destroying them and rendering them both unusable?
Thanks very much.
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Technically you would have a hard time fitting it in because some have more pins than others or some don't even have pins like the socket 775. So yes it would hurt.

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thank you so much for such a quick reply! This is a socket 478, the CPU is the same. Even within those same 478 sockets and chips are there differences that would make putting the chip in impossible? Are the FSB speeds backward compatible? Say you have a CPU that has an FSB of 800 would it run in a mobo that supports lower FSB speeds, given the fact that physically it would fit?
Thanks again.
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Yes you can but you will not get the full speed of the processor because the multiplier can't be set.


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Thank you my friend that answered my question completely!
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Hello and welcome to geekstogo,
Actually this isn't always the case....
Intel is known to change the requirements for motherboards, even if they are the same socket, they still might not work.
Lets look at the change from P4->Pentium D-> Core2duo.
All these processor are the exact same chipset (LGA775), though many of the old Pentium 4 boards are not compatible with the Pentium D nor the Core2duo chips. Why?
Intel changed the specifications for the motherboards, to run these chips, transistors and voltages were required to be modified to properly run these chips.

While in your case, there will likely be no damage to the processor, we cannot guarantee that it'll work.

With the model number of the motherboard and CPU would could better assist you in this regard.
James

Edited by james_8970, 18 November 2007 - 03:11 AM.

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