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AM2 VS. AM2+ CPU


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#1 newbie in hawaii

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 05:32 PM

New build here using leftover components, the MOBO is a Gigabyte GAM 59-SLI S5 which features an AM2 socket.
I've found that new AMD AM2 processors are becoming nearly extinct
What would be the ramifications, if any by using an AMD AM2+ CPU instead on this board?
This system will primarily be used for surfing the net and word processing, with practically no gaming at all

Can anyone offer insight/advice?
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Posted 26 February 2010 - 07:41 PM

the AM2+ was the crossover between the AM2 and the AM3. About the only real difference is bus speed I do believe, the AM2+ socket and CPU supports a faster bus speed then the old AM2. AM2+ CPUs will work in most cases with the older AM2 slots. with many boards though you may need a BIOS update to do so.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 10:56 PM

You should be able to use an AM2+ CPU in an AM2 motherboard, but check to see if your motherboard supports it and if a BIOS update is needed. To further build on what is said, AM3 is very similar to the AM2+ but has a memory controller that supports DDR3 and DDR2 resulting in backwards compatibility.

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