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Motherboard and CPU compatibility

  1. #1


    Trinidad
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Motherboard and CPU compatibility


    My motherboard is a MSI 880GMS-E35 and my processor is an AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 3.4Ghz (125W)

    I just realized today that my CPU, is not on the list of supported of processors. The maximum wattage listed is 95W! and my CPU is 125W.

    I came across this by looking up what hexacore (6) processor I can use with my board; AMD Phenom II 1065T is listed and it's a 95W. But seeing that I'm running a CPU that is listed at 125W, would it stand to reason that a Phenom II 1100T (125W) would/should work?

    My computer works fine, I play games often, watch movies, listen to music etc. Experiencing no problems whatsoever with my current setup. I just want to max out my system.

    CPU - AMD Phenom II 965 X4 @ 3.4Ghz
    RAM - Kingston 16GB DDR3 - 1333
    GPU - nvidia GTX 550Ti
    HDD - Hitachi 500 GB @ 7200 RPM - SATA III
    Mobo - MSI 880GMS-E35

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  2. #2


    The definitive answer as to which CPU's your motherboard can support is the motherboard manufacturer, since the BIOS will have to support it as well. Can you send their tech support an email and ask them if they support that CPU? BTW, I just built a system using your CPU ion a Gigabute mobo and I was able to unlock 2 additional cores, making the cPU into a 6 core CPU, and overclocking it at the same time. I don't have the model of mobo handy but I can find out if you need me to...
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The 95 watt motherboard limit means the motherboard is only rated to safely supply enough current to drive a 95 watt processor. If you are only stressing one or two cores it likely hasn't exceeded 95 watts. Not yet anyway. I'm not sure what will happen if you hit or exceed that 95 watt barrier. If you are lucky maybe only a BSOD or other windows error. It could conceivably damage your motherboard due to overheated components or excessive current flow that exceeds their limits. Be careful you don't want to let the smoke out.

    EDIT: As mentioned the motherboard manufacturer should have a list of the supported CPU's for your motherboard. It usually goes by revision number for your board and what BIOS version is required. As new processors come out a new BIOS may be issued to add support for them to that motherboard.
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  4. #4


    Trinidad
    Posts : 24
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I've been using this motherboard and CPU for 14mths. Everything from word processing to full out gaming. I think it throttles down. This motherboard is made for overclocking anyways, so i guess it's ok.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    From the sounds of it, you're probably right. If it was going to cause any issues I think you'd have seen them by now.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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