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Upgrading Athlon 64 X2 3800+ CPU

by nycplayboy78 / September 24, 2007 3:40 PM PDT

Hello and good morning everyone I have a HP Pavilion Media Center PC a1250n with an Athlon 64 X2 3800 CPU which is a Socket 939 chip and I want to upgrade it to a higher faster Socket 939 CPU and here is the motherboard for my PC (ASUS A8AE-LE). Here are the stats for my current CPU:

CPU/Processor Socket: 939
Supports AMD Athlon64, AMD Sempron and Athlon 64 X2 processors

Front-side bus (FSB) 2000MT/s or 1600MT/s, depending on what the processor supports

Processor Class: AMD Athlon 64 X2
Processor Socket: AMD Socket 939
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
Processor Speed: 2000
Processor Speed + Class
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Processor Class: AMD Athlon 64 X2
Physical + Memory Specifications
L2 Cache Size: 1 MB
L1 Cache Size: 256 kB
Number of Processor Cores: 2
Processor Socket: AMD Socket 939

I am looking to get the following CPU:

Processor Class: AMD Athlon 64 X2
Processor Socket: AMD

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It might or it might not.
by Kees Bakker / September 24, 2007 5:18 PM PDT should be informative.

The things you can do (as I read it):
- Ask HP tech support (in India) if "supports 64 X2 processors" includes the 4800+ and if you have to set any jumpers to get the full power out of it.
- Believe the specs and try if it's faster indeed.

The most likely answer from the tech is that it isn't supported and you void the warranty.

Hope this helps.

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Agree with Kees re cking with Tech Support
by VAPCMD / September 24, 2007 10:45 PM PDT

and you might also consider a dual-core Opteron socket 939. Excellent processor.


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x2 4800+ is fine for your hp
by ramarc / September 24, 2007 11:38 PM PDT
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Upgrade to X2 4800+
by nycplayboy78 / September 25, 2007 1:22 AM PDT

Marc thank you for your help. Will I need to meddle with the jumpers or anything like that? I have the latest BIOS 3.47 and I am running Vista Home Premium. I am past my warranty time anyways. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You,


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Hard to get
by rankle08 / September 25, 2007 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrade to X2 4800+
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opteron may not work in the pavillion
by ramarc / September 25, 2007 10:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Hard to get

another athlon x2 will definitely work, but the hp's bios may not understand an opteron. (dell/hp/ibm bioses are much more inflexible than those from asus/msi/abit etc.) if the original poster can get a socket 939 x2 4800+, it will be a safer choice than an opteron 180/185.

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