AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition CPU upgrade

By eightwpm
Apr 8, 2013
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  1. Can someone tell me if this cpu works on a Biostar mobo MCP6P-M2+,
    I believe it wil but need some reassurance before I do the swap. Understand that BIOS needs upgrading, The Biostar site shows that this will accept either the 2+ or 3+ processor, and that it is 125 watts power. Please advise before I make a wrong move.
  2. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +607

    Biostar website doesn't actually list that CPU as supported. It also says that 95W CPU's max are recommended, while your CPU of choice is 125W.

    I don't think it'll work.
  3. eightwpm

    eightwpm TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    St1ckM4n, thanks for the advice, and the reason I am asking is that I went to Biostar support page through entering the model number and there was a note saying that you could usean AM3 socket and at 125 watts. Have you ever seen this type of notification?A note that this board is compatible with socket 2, 2+, 3. Maybe I am seeing things I will check again if needed. Again appreciate your time.
  4. eightwpm

    eightwpm TechSpot Member Topic Starter Posts: 42

    Here's what happened, went to buy the woman an Ipad at a retailer and I saw the CPU on sale for $70, knowing that my board accepted AM3 socket and believing up to 125 watts with bios upgrade. This is why I am going through this forum, cause I know you guys are good, and you know your chit.
    OK to assist my cause in this matter I have additional info after going to Bio-Star chip support site, and sending them two emails with no results. The model # I have is HDZ965FBGMBOX, although it is not listed it does fall in between two models listed http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/support/cpu_support.php?S_ID=10 biostar support.PNG
    please tell me what you think?
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TechSpot Booster Posts: 292   +44

    No, it won't work, the MCP6P-M2+ only supports 95w CPUs and down. The other page you linked to shows physical compatibility of sockets, not motherboards. I doubt it would even POST, as the available BIOS doesn't support it. Also the power phases are not up to the task, and may damage the board if you tried it. Here's the relevant section of the specs;
    CPU SUPPORT AMD Phenom™ II X4 Processor
    AMD Phenom™ II X3 Processor
    AMD Phenom™ X4 Processor
    AMD Phenom™ X3 Processor
    AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core Processor
    AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor
    AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor
    AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
    AMD Sempron™ Processor
    Maximum CPU TDP (Thermal Design Power) : 95Watt

    Note the bottom line


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