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i think i know the answer to this but i just want a second opinion or two.


does a am2+ socket support a am3 cpu

basically my gaming rig is using a quad core phenom cpu and i want to upgrade to a hex core phenom..... the only trouble is the hex core is am3... ive looked google and the am3 has less pins than the am2+ so it theoretically should work ?
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AM3 processors work in AM2+ boards.
AM2 processors work (by and large) in AM2+ boards.

AM2 and AM2+ processors do not work in AM3 boards.

You are strongly advised to check the CPU supported list for your board because not all AM2+ or AM3 boards work with 6 core processors.
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You are strongly advised to check the CPU supported list for your board

Worth repeating.
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Also make sure your MB manufacturer has an updated
BIOS available to support the CPU.
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the mb i have (asus m3n72-d) doesnt saying anything in the manual about how many cores it can take... it does say it the socket will work for phenom fx, phenom, athlon and sempron cpus... the hex core is pehnom 2 so it wont work :) ?
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the mb i have (asus m3n72-d) doesnt saying anything in the manual about how many cores it can take...

That does not surprise me. I see no reason why it should. It will only tell you what type CPU it support. But note the manual was written and printed a long time ago. The website, on the other hand, is updated regularly based on new CPUs that come out.

http://support.asus....p...uct=1&os=29
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the mb i have (asus m3n72-d) doesnt saying anything in the manual about how many cores it can take...

That does not surprise me. I see no reason why it should. It will only tell you what type CPU it support. But note the manual was written and printed a long time ago. The website, on the other hand, is updated regularly based on new CPUs that come out.

http://support.asus....p...uct=1&os=29



thanks i didnt think of looking on there... i doesnt support six core but it does support phenom 2... so i guess ill upgrade to that for know untill/if there is a six core update
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