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Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5 GHz compatiblity?

by oldschoolpc / November 14, 2011 7:20 AM PST

Hello everyone, I've got a custom built PC and I'm trying to upgrade from a Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz to a Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5 GHz.

I'm running on a (MSI P6N nvidia Sli Platinum 650i LGA775)

I bought the chip on Ebay, assuming it would work b/c it is an LGA775 and my board supports the Core 2 Quad chipset family.

However I did some checking on MSI's web site, which i should have done before I bought the chip, and The q8300 is not listed. That being said, the q9300 is listed, and they are both Yorkfield processors. Do you think, or know, if the chip I bought, the q8300, is going to be compatible with my Mainboard?

System specs:
P6N Sli Platinum Motherboard (updated BIOS v. 1.7)
Dual 8800 GTX
4 Gig memory
RAID 0 Configuration hard drives
Windows XP
Current CPU (INTEL Core 2 6600 @2.4 GHz)

Any response will be greatly appreciated, Thanks

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Here
by samkh / November 14, 2011 1:44 PM PST
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Darn
by oldschoolpc / November 15, 2011 4:55 AM PST
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That sucks. So what your saying is my board is only compatible with 65 nm processors? Thanks for the response.

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Actually
by samkh / November 15, 2011 1:06 PM PST
In reply to: Darn

it's not generally true. Die shrinks with speed bumps can be put on same board **IF** the firmware is updated for it. I see the Q9300 (45nm) is supported but not Q8300. Maybe MSI just had no demand to put the 8300 CPUID in. You could try asking MSI but don't hope for a response. Anyway you won't get much more from a 8300 or 9400. Q6600 is easily oc'able (like 20-25% FSB but ymmv) so go that route instead.

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CPU supported?
by Willy / November 16, 2011 6:27 PM PST
In reply to: Darn

The mtrbd. maker is the source for what cpu it supports. Even Intel suggests you visit the mtrbd. maker in order to find the range of cpus supported. Plus, the mtrbd. maker should also supply whatever bios level is required for further cpu supported as cpus get released at a later date. There's no guarantee all cpus of a certain class get supported but many do. If one isn't there is something unique about it and usually here Intel can supply as well by reviewing the spec listing.

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