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Motherboards Can I put an AM2 CPU into an AM3 M/B?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hyper_somniac, 9 May 2010.

  1. hyper_somniac

    hyper_somniac New Member

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    Wanting to put an old AM2 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ into a smaller mATX motherboard, so wondering if new AM3 motherboards will take it?

    I know I can just get an AM2 mobo from ebay, but it'll just be nice to buy it new.
     
  2. llamafur

    llamafur WaterCooled fool

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    nope, the athlon processor uses ddr2, the am3 board had ddr3. Just get a newer dual core Athlon, there like $60, and can work in am2 boards.

    Read the compatibility section
     
  3. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    It's also a different socket, AM3 has 938 pins where as AM2/AM2- has 941 even though Am3 CPU's are backwards compatable the boards are not
     
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