Will my MOBO support a new processor and differnet RAM?

By CJ-real
Aug 18, 2007
  1. Hi,

    I think that my MOBO can support this processor, but I just wanted to check.

    I currently have a Intel Core 2 Duo E660 2.4GHz, with 2GB DDR2 533MHz RAM (2x1GB).
    My MOBO is an ASUS P5N-E SLI.

    I want to upgrade to an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz Quad Core CPU. According to the ASUS website, my computer can support Quad core.

    - Support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-core CPU
    - Intel® Quad-Core

    I also wondered how much is the maximum RAM my MOBO can support (can I put in 2GB sticks in or just 4x1GB).

    - Dual-channel DDR2 800/667/533

    All help greatly appriciated in question #1 or #2.
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,080   +14

  3. CJ-real

    CJ-real TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 103

    I have 2 sticks of RAM (2x1GB), which is 2GB.

    I need more to match with the processor - I do video editing, high end app. and advanced graphic interlace, so it helps when programs take less time to load.
    (if you use things like photoshop, you know what I mean about loading).

    Also, it will help with opening files (5GB) on my HDD, instead of getting 2 in RAID.

    I just wondered if my MOBO supports 2GB sticks, meaning 8GB in 4 slots.
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,080   +14

    Windows XP can theoretically support up to 4gb, in reality, it doesn't support more than 3gb.

    So get 2 sticks of 2gb for what you do.
  5. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 841

    Your mobo will support up to 8gb of ram. That can only be done with four 2gig sticks (and a 64bit OS.) There are no 2gig memory sticks in the QVL. That mobo will even support 45nm Yorkfield quadcores that will be out this December.
  6. CJ-real

    CJ-real TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 103

    Yeah found it! Thanks Microb, do you think it's a good MOBO?

    CPU LGA775 Socket Intel® Quad-Core/CoreTM Extreme/Pentium D /Pentium 4/Celeron CPU processors
    Compatible with Intel® 06/05A/05B processors
    Intel® EIST/EM64T/Hyper-Threading Technology/C1E/ TM1/TM2
    Support Intel® next generation 45nm Multi-core CPU
    * Please update the latest BIOS to support Intel 45nm CPU

    Chipset NVIDIA nForce® 650i SLITM
    Front Side Bus 1333/1066/800/533MHz
    Memory Dual channel memory architecture
    4 x 240-pin DIMM sockets support up to 8GB DDR2 800/667/533
    non-ECC/ Unbuffered memory
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCI Express x16
    - Single VGA mode: x16 (Default)
    - SLI mode: x8, x8
    1 x PCI Express x1
    2 x PCI (PCI 2.2)

    Storage - 2 x Ultra DMA 133/100/66/33
    - 4 x Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s
    - Support RAID0, 1, 0+1, 5, and JBOD
    - 1 x External Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s (SATA On-the-Go)
    LAN Gigabit LAN featuring AI Net2
    Marvell 88E1116 PHY

    Audio Realtek ALC883 6-channel CODEC
    Audio Sensing and Enumeration Technology
    1 X Coaxial S/PDIF out ports on back I/O

    IEEE 1394 Supports 2 IEEE 1394a connector onboard (1 in back + 1 on board)
    USB Supports up 8 USB2.0 ports
    Overclocking Features - AI Overclocking (intelligent CPU frequency tuner)
    - ASUS CPU Lock Free
    - Precision Tweaker:
    - vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 6.25mv increment
    max. 1.6V
    - vChip: 4-step Chip voltage control
    adjust Chip voltage max. 0.55V
    - vDIMM: 8-step DRAM voltage control
    adjust DRAM voltage max. 0.6V
    - SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
    - FSB tuning from 200MHz up to 750MHz at 1MHz increment
    - PCI Express frequency tuning from 100MHz up to 131MHz at 1MHz increment
    - CPU Multiplier
    - ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

    Special Features ASUS Q-Connector
    ASUS O.C. Profile
    ASUS Fanless Design
    ASUS PC Probe2
    ASUS Q-Fan2
    ASUS MyLogo2
    ASUS Update
    BIOS 4 Mb Flash ROM, AWARD BIOS, PnP, DMI2.0, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.3
    ASUS EZ Flash 2,ASUS CrashFree BIOS 2
    Manageability WfM 2.0, DMI 2.0 , WOR by Ring ,
    Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX Power connector
    1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector
    1 x Chassis Intrusion
    1 x CPU + 2 Chassis FAN connectors
    1 x Floppy disk drive connector
    1 x CD audio in connector
    1 x 1394a connector
    2 x USB connector supports additional 4 USB ports
    1 x Front panel connector (AAFP)
    System panel connector
    1 x COM Port connector
    1 x S/PDIF out connector
    Back Panel I/O Ports 1 x Parallel port
    1 x 1394a connector
    1 x S/PDIF Out port (Coaxial)
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard port (purple)
    1 x PS/2 Mouse port (green)
    1 x LAN(RJ-45) port
    4 x USB 2.0/1.1 port
    1 x External SATA
    6-Channel Audio I/O port
    Accessories 1 x SLI bridge
    1 x 2-in-1 ASUS Q-Connector Kit (Retail version only)
    1 x UltraDMA 133/100/66 cable
    1 x FDDe cable
    2 x SATA cables
    2 x SATA power cable
    1 x 2-port USB2.0 module
    1 x I/O Shield
    User's manual
    O/S Compatibility Windows Vista/XP
    Support CD Drivers
    ASUS Update
    Anti-virus software (OEM version)
    ASUS PC Probe II
    NVIDIA RIS (Remote Installation Service) application
    Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 12”x 9”(30.5cm x 22.9cm)
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