Is Dell motherboard compatible with Q9450?

By ebolamonkey3
Jul 16, 2008
  1. Hi guys, I just bought a dell vostro 400MT with an E4600 processor and I want to upgrade it to a Q9450 or Q9300 maybe at the end of the year, when the next round of price cuts hit. Does anyone know if the mobo is compatible with the quad cores? Thanks in advance.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    I would say, yes. I downloaded the Dell Vostro manual from here: Dell and went to the Intel website to check the quad core processors here: Intel

    Compare for yourself and I think you'll come the same conclusion.
  3. ebolamonkey3

    ebolamonkey3 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    Yes, looks like it. But what does the line "Due to the unique architecture of the Intel Core 2 Quad processor, your system board and power supply must be included when upgrading processors." mean? It's on page 169 of the dell manual. Thanks.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    I think it means to make sure the motherboard and power supply are capable of supporting any Core to Quad upgrade. It appears your proposed processors are supported so the only question is if your power supply is adequate.
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