How to Check if Your Motherboard Supports a Processor

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In this guide, we'll go over a few methods for determining if your motherboard supports a specific processor.

Note for those installing LGA 771 Xeons into an LGA 775 motherboard

This guide will only help you figure out what LGA 775 processors are compatible with your motherboard. Once you know this, you can use the information in the LGA 771 to 775 motherboard compatibility guide to figure out what similar LGA 771 Xeons are compatible with your motherboard.

Things you'll need

  • The CPU model number and stepping (how to get the stepping)
  • Your motherboard model number (and revision if it has one). This should be printed on the motherboard, or you can get it through software with CPU-Z (this info should be in the Mainboard tab).

Important things to watch out for

  • You should always install the latest BIOS for your motherboard before attempting a CPU upgrade.
  • Some motherboards don't support all steppings of a processor.
  • Some motherboards have multiple revisions, and they may not support the same processors.
  • Prebuilt computers (like Dell) sometimes use different motherboards (depending on what parts come with the system), and the motherboards may not support the same processors, so you'll need to figure out which motherboard you have.

Method 1 - Check if your motherboard has a CPU support list

The best way to determine if a processor is supported is to check if your motherboard manufacturer maintains a cpu support list. The cpu support list will tell which processor model numbers (and steppings) are supported by each bios version.

For example, if you have an ASUS P5K motherboard, you can find the cpu support list by searching google for: "asus p5k cpu support". This list is also usually linked to from the support/drivers page for your motherboard.

If your can't find the official cpu support list, try searching for your motherboard's model number on cpu-upgrade.com. They maintain a processor support list for many motherboards.

Method 2 - Search for others with your motherboard that are also using the processor

Note: This method isn't guaranteed to work unless you also verify their motherboard revision and CPU stepping is identical to yours, but it will probably work in most cases.

Try searching for your motherboard's model number and the model number of the processor you want to install. It's also probably a good idea to include your motherboard revision and CPU stepping in the search. This will often turn up other people that installed this processor on your motherboard, and you may be able to tell if they were successful or not.

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  • Kyle August 9, 20149:15 am

    Processor: AMD A6-5400K APU with Radeon(tm) HD (2 CPUs), ~3.6GHz
    Graphics card: Palit GeForce GTX 650 Ti (1GB GDDR5/PCI Express 3.0/928MHz/5400MHz) (GeForce GTX 650 Ti Palit 1GB OC Edition)
    Installed memory: (RAM): 8.00GB “8192MB” “CORSAIR VENGEANCE CML8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 4GB x 2”
    Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    System type: 64-bit Operating System
    Hard Drives: 1TB “931GB” 7200RPM SEAGATE “ST1000DM 003-1CH162 SATA”
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H
    Powersupply: Corsair CX 600, 600W ATX power supply

    Would I be able to upgrade to a AMD APU A10 6800K Black Edition – Quad Core (4.10GHz) – Socket FM2

    Reply
  • Willem August 26, 20143:46 am

    Will the AMD fx 8320 and fx 6300 be compatible with my GA-78lmt-s2p AM3+ board?

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  • Mason Johnson September 2, 20146:56 am

    Will a intel core i5 4460 quad core work with an intel g45 motherboard?

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    • syn September 2, 20148:18 am

      Hi, no, I’m sorry, but that won’t work with a g45 motherboard. The G45 only supports socket LGA 775 processors, and the i5 4460 has an LGA 1150 socket.

      If you haven’t heard about it already, there’s an LGA 771 to 775 MOD that may work for your motherboard. It will basically allow you to run cheaper and faster Xeon processors. Check out this page for more details: https://www.delidded.com/lga-771-to-775-adapter/

      Reply
  • Dominic September 2, 20145:53 pm

    Hi, ive got a P8H61-MX motherboard, and i have just bought an intel i5 3550 3.3ghz will i be able to install that ok?

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    • syn September 2, 20146:05 pm

      Hey, that cpu is in the cpu support list for your motherboard, so you should be good. Just make sure you update your BIOS to the latest version.

      Reply
  • Abdullah Mujeeb September 13, 20145:04 am

    Hi, I have an HP Compaq DC 5850 Small Form Factor PC with an AMD Phenom X4 9600B Quad Core 2.4 Ghz Processor, so, can i upgrade my processor to Intel Core i3-4150 3.50GHZ?

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    • moorkai September 17, 20143:22 pm

      That is quite a no-go … unless if you’ve got an Intel MB to facilitate that CPU … and it should fit in that SFF case, so you’re perhaps looking for a μATX or even mini-ITX board.

      Reply
  • Abdullah Mujeeb September 13, 20145:12 am

    Hi, I have an HP 3092h mainboard, so, can I replace my motherboard with GIGABYTE GA-H97-Gaming 3 motherboard?

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    • syn September 13, 20148:55 am

      I’m not positive, but it looks like that’s a custom motherboard, so there’s a good chance a regular motherboard won’t fit in the case. It’s also possible you may need a new power supply because I’ve heard Haswell needs one that can enter low power states. You’d also definitely need new RAM because DDR2 and DDR3 are not compatible.

      Reply
  • Mark September 19, 201411:33 am

    Hi

    Am in the process of building a PC and before I purchase the motherboard would like to check if it can use any Intel Xeons.
    The mobo I have in mind is:
    OEM Dell XPS 730 SLI Desktop Motherboard System Board F642F CN-0F642F
    It uses the Nvidia nForce 790i chipset.
    Would any Intel Xeon be compatible with it?

    Thanks

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    • syn September 19, 201412:11 pm

      Hi, it will probably work fine with any Xeon, since people have reported a Q9650 and QX9770 worked. For more details on compatibility with the LGA 771 to 775 MOD, check out the previous link.

      Reply
  • Mark September 19, 20141:41 pm

    Hi syn

    Many thanks for your quick reply.
    Once I have put the PC together will get back in touch to let you know how it went.

    Best regards

    Reply
  • Jeb October 16, 201411:31 am

    Can I upgrade my graphics card or processor without changing my motherboard? It’s been years since I got this computer and I can’t run any games. My specs are:

    HP-Pavillon x64 Bit PC
    Motherboard: KX622AA-ABZ
    Processor: AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core
    Graphics: ATI Radeon 3600+
    RAM: 4GB
    OS: Win7 64 Bit Ultimate

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  • owen October 22, 201411:18 pm

    heres one for ya will a 4.0ghz i7 4790k work in a imac i7 3.5ghz i7 4770k standard motherboard?

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    • syn October 23, 20149:17 am

      Most motherboards that support a 4770k were given a BIOS update to also support the 4790k, so I would check to see if apple released a BIOS update for this.

      Reply

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