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Backward Compatible Mobos?


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#1 legoman786

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 10:55 AM

Hi guys, I have run into a dilemma. I am looking to get a new computerand I am running into brick wall after brick wall. I can't seem to figure out if I take a mobo with 800mhz FSB and I stick a CPU with 533mhz FSB, will it work?

I am looking at the MSI P4N SLI-FI nForce4 SLI Intel Edition motherboard and the Intel Pentium D 805 Smithfield. I know there are a lot of reviews saying that the D doesn't work on this board, but after many hours of research, I found out that this board doesn't support the D 820 or higher. Guess what they were trying to hook it up with? The D 920 :thumbsup: People! Do your research!

So, will it work? Thanks

Edited by legoman786, 04 April 2006 - 11:00 AM.

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 12:23 PM

According to MSI, D820, yes, D920 no. D805, "Under Testing" I'd believe 'em. :thumbsup:
Checked for bios update as well but latest available bios version is listed with the info below:
As for supported pentiums with a 533FSB, a couple P4's, a few Celeys.

P4N SLI CPU Support Status

Edited by HitSquad, 04 April 2006 - 12:43 PM.


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Posted 04 April 2006 - 09:18 PM

Aw... I wanted an SLI board that also supported D's... Looks like my hunt is on, once again!!

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:33 AM

Aw... I wanted an SLI board that also supported D's...


Ya lost me on that one legoman, it does some, just not the 900's :thumbsup:

Pentium D (64-bit, Smithfield, Dual Core, FSB800, L2 Cache 2x1MB)

Pentium D 820 (2.8GHz) = yes
Pentium D 830 (3.0GHz) = yes
Pentium D 840 (3.2GHz) = yes

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:47 AM

I know... I'm sorry. It's just I want something that supports the entire D family up to 9xx. I want to future-ready my computer, and not pay $xxx for a motherboard like that. Like I said, "My hunt is on, once again!"

Thanks for your help HitSquad

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 09:20 AM

Don't know what other requirements you like or if you plan on recycling something from an existing system but what do you think about this board? Gigabyte makes an excellent mainboard.
If sli is a must, have a look at this abit board

Edited by HitSquad, 05 April 2006 - 09:25 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:08 AM

Well, SLI is not a must, but more like preferred. As long as it is a full ATX board and can support the entire Pentium D family.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 10:36 AM

I just saw this http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWeb/Products/Prod...e=CPU%20Support but the support only goes down to 820, nothing lower. Is the 805 compatible?

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