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jago86

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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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    My Build
    CPU
    AMD FX 8350 4 Ghz (Stock speed) 95W
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI TwinFrozr III nVidia GTX 680 2GB
    Sound Card
    RealTek HD Audio - Logitech THX Z906 5.1 Surround Sound - 500W
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" LCD Television - LN32D405E3D
    Screen Resolution
    1360 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung EVO 840 (OS)

    Seagate 500GB (Miscellaneous) 7200rpm SATA 6

    Hitachi 500GB (Games) @ 7200rpm SATA 6

    Hitachi 1TB (Downloads) 7200rpm SATA 3
    PSU
    Cooler Master 800W
    Case
    Corsair HAF XM
    Cooling
    Corsair H80i
    Keyboard
    Klip Xtreme Multimedia- KMM 101E
    Mouse
    Genius Maurus
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbit/s
    Browser
    Opera / Chrome
    Antivirus
    Symantec Endpoint
    Other Info
    i love wantons, sushi, fruit cocktail, pistachio gelato and lemon sorbet

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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...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built Intel i7-3770k-based system
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k, Overclocked to 4.6GHz (46x100) with Corsair H110i GT cooler
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 OC Formula 2.30 BIOS
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 2133 Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX 980ti SC ACS 6GB DDR5 by EVGA
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, Corsair SP2500 speakers and subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 27EA33 [Monitor] (27.2"vis) HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (system drive)
    WD 6TB Red NAS hard drives x 2 in Storage Spaces (redundancy)
    PSU
    Corsair 750ax fully modular power supply with sleeved cables
    Case
    Corsair Air 540 with 7 x 140mm fans on front, rear and top panels
    Cooling
    Corsair H110i GT liquid cooled CPU with 4 x 140" Corsair SP "push-pull" and 3 x 140mm fans
    Keyboard
    Thermaltake Poseidon Z illuminated keyboard
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 wired
    Internet Speed
    85MBps DSL
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Pro and CCleaner Pro
    Other Info
    Client of Windows Server 2012 R2 10 PC's, laptops and smartphones on the WLAN.

    1GBps Ethernet ports

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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. :eek:

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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

jago86

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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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    My Build
    CPU
    AMD FX 8350 4 Ghz (Stock speed) 95W
    Motherboard
    ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
    Memory
    Kingston 16GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI TwinFrozr III nVidia GTX 680 2GB
    Sound Card
    RealTek HD Audio - Logitech THX Z906 5.1 Surround Sound - 500W
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" LCD Television - LN32D405E3D
    Screen Resolution
    1360 x 768
    Hard Drives
    Samsung EVO 840 (OS)

    Seagate 500GB (Miscellaneous) 7200rpm SATA 6

    Hitachi 500GB (Games) @ 7200rpm SATA 6

    Hitachi 1TB (Downloads) 7200rpm SATA 3
    PSU
    Cooler Master 800W
    Case
    Corsair HAF XM
    Cooling
    Corsair H80i
    Keyboard
    Klip Xtreme Multimedia- KMM 101E
    Mouse
    Genius Maurus
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbit/s
    Browser
    Opera / Chrome
    Antivirus
    Symantec Endpoint
    Other Info
    i love wantons, sushi, fruit cocktail, pistachio gelato and lemon sorbet

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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 Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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