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Is there a way that I can determine whether an AMD socket AM2+ CPU such as the Phenom X4 will work in a motherboard with an AM2 socket? I have an old box with an AM2 socket motherboard that I'd like to upgrade to as fast of a CPU as possible and the quad-core AMD Phenom X4 processors sound appealing if they will work in an AM2 socket. In case it matters, these are the specs on my motherboard:

PC Chips motherboard specs

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Very doubtful that will support any Phenom processors... In my experience ASUS was the only company that fully supported am2+ in their am2 boards. – Not Kyle stop stalking me May 14 '11 at 17:25
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On many motherboards, yes, the processor will work, but the HyperTransport speed and other specifications will be limited to that of the AM2 socket. See the Wikipedia article on Socket AM2+ for more information. Make sure that the processor and system are properly cooled; this type of processor can run very hot.

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Yes, if you are upgrading from a dual or single to a quad, new cooling is a MUST. Although most processors do come with some cooling now, so if you buy the X4 it should have it – Simon Sheehan May 14 '11 at 17:14

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