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:
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.