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Motherboard for Athlon X2 4200+


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#1 manillagorilla

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:13 PM

Hi,

I have a ASUS A8N-SLI Premium 939 nForce4 that I am fairly certain is starting to fail. I currently have a Athlon X2 4200+ in it.

None of the boards that I have seen are 939 boards any more, they have moved on to AM/AM2+ etc. Will my CPU work in these boards? What about memory? Will I have to upgrade my CORSAIR XMS 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) if I get a new board?

Thanks,

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Posted 14 January 2009 - 11:22 PM

Your processor looks fine with the build.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 01:55 AM

Motherboards accepting AM2/AM2+ processors are not backwards compatible with Socket 939 processors. Socket AM2 motherboards support DDR2 memory so your standard DDR memory would need to be replaced.

Quote from AMD about AM2:
Q: What are the major differences between socket AM2 and socket 939-pin?
A: Socket AM2 provides support for DDR2 memory. Socket AM2 is almost identical to socket 939 but uses a protective mechanism (a manufacturing “key”) designed to prevent any socket 939-pin CPUs (DDR1 only) from being inserted into a socket AM2 motherboard, and to prevent socket AM2 CPUs (DDR2 only) from being inserted into a socket 939-pin motherboard.


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#4 manillagorilla

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 12:53 PM

I have not found any socket 939 boards on the retail sites that I use (Newegg.com). Basically I need a processor, new memory, and a new motherboard?

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 03:15 PM

To try to eliminate confusion:

http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware...ws/a64-x2-4200/, this is your current processor.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/373/1/, AM2 processor of the same name/model. I have the AM2 processor in the system that I am currently on :thumbsup:...your thread threw me a bit, at first.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 04:14 PM

If you want to replace your motherboard, you will also need a new CPU and memory. That's just the way it is. I have an Asus A8N-32 SLI motherboard with a socket 939 processor which I'm planning to upgrade. I can get an upgraded motherboard, 8GB of RAM, and a quad-core Phenom processor for about $300. There are less expensive setups though.

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Posted 15 January 2009 - 05:27 PM

Excellent, thanks for the input. I am thinking about the new Phenom II processor, but I will probably wait a month or so to let the price go down a tad.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 03:57 PM

The majority of AM3 processors to be released in Feb. are with clock speeds below the current AM2+ Phenom II's. Only the 925 and the 945 will have similar speeds to what is available now.

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