LGA 771 to 775 Adapter (MOD) – Run faster Xeon CPUs in a Core 2 Quad motherboard



If you're looking to extend the life of your LGA 775 system, there's an adapter available now that will let you install faster (and usually cheaper) Intel Xeon processors (LGA 771) into a Core 2 Quad motherboard (LGA 775). These Xeons cost a lot less and are basically identical internally to the high-end Core 2 Quad CPUs.

List of LGA 771 & 775 CPUs + Current Prices

The pages shown below should help with comparing Xeon prices and specifications. The first link has all the LGA 771 and LGA 775 CPUs combined into 1 table (sorted by price), and the others are the original uncombined pages.

Where can I get an adapter?

Here's a current list of eBay sellers (sorted by price). The sellers are located all over the world, so you should be able to find one that's close to you, and most of them will also ship worldwide.

Why would you want to do this?

Xeons are usually MUCH cheaper

For example, the Xeon E5450 is equivalent to a 3.0 GHz Core 2 Quad Q9650, and it currently costs about $6 on eBay (usually much less than the Q9650).

Other good deals on LGA 771 Xeons include:

For detailed specs on all of the Xeons and a full list of current prices, take a look at this page.

Xeons also typically overclock better

Additionally, if you’re interested in overclocking (making the cpu go faster than its default speed), Xeon processors are usually made from the best silicon, so you can typically achieve higher overclocks with them.

Someone that recently did this mod successfully overclocked a Xeon X5470 from 3.33 GHz to 4.5 GHz on an ASUS P5Q PRO motherboard, so you can achieve really good results with these Xeons.

How does the adapter work?

The adapter is basically an electronic circuit on a sticker, and you place it on the Xeon processor (as shown in the picture below). This switches two of the pads on the bottom of the Xeon to make it compatible with a Core 2 Quad motherboard.

Xeons that are compatible with this adapter

This adapter is only compatible with LGA 771 Xeon processors. If you're unsure what LGA 771 means, it's the name of the CPU socket used in some Xeon motherboards. And in comparison, LGA 775 is the name of the socket used in Core 2 Duo/Quad motherboards.

LGA 771 to 775 Adapter

Minor modification to the LGA 775 socket is also required

If you look at the LGA 775 socket in the picture below, you'll notice two tabs are circled in red. These tabs are there to stop you from installing a non-LGA 775 processor, and they'll need to be fully removed before you can install an LGA 771 cpu.

The tabs are pretty easy to remove if you have a sharp utility knife or box cutter (just be careful not to damage or bend any of the socket pins near the tabs).

Important: Make sure that you fully cut off each of these tabs. If they're not fully cut off, the processor may not align or seat correctly in the socket, which will stop it from making contact with all of the pins. If this happens, your system will likely fail to boot.

Once the tabs are cut off, you can use tweezers to safely remove the pieces from the socket.

The socket will then support LGA 771 or 775 processors (you can still reinstall your old processor if you ever need to).

Tabs to removed from the LGA 775 socket

2,282 Responses

  • CHRISTOS MIRTSIOS April 30, 20195:28 am

    Installed L 5420 on ASROCK g41c-gs r2.0.No bios update needed worked at once,Thank you for this thread.

  • Mario May 8, 20194:28 pm

    E5450 Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6 in AsRock G41C-S (identical to G41CG-S, only difference is 100 Mbs NIC). Runs like a dream at 3 Ghz with latest mobo BIOS P1.10 – no modification whatsoever. A million thanks for this superb guide.

  • Miguel Esteban May 16, 201910:04 pm

    EP45UD3R Update Bios F12 + Microcode Xeon X5460 100% Working…. X5492
    It does not work, it restarts as soon as the PC is turned on.. Please me!!

  • sandro May 18, 20192:19 pm

    installed X5460 E0 on Asus P5Q SE 3 days ago. works well without problems, its stable. add this cpu in mb it will help others :)) updated microcode in bios. cpu temp is 68°C when playing games which is not good i think. i have stock cooler. who knows good cheap cooler to fit old 775 socket?

  • Davide May 19, 20198:44 am

    Asus P5QL-EM – Chipset G43 – FSB ≥ 1333 – Tested Intel XEON X5450 – Works very well, but you have to disable C1E Support on Bios to Install Operating System.

  • DUMITRU May 22, 20195:37 am

    TESTAT Gigabyte GA-G41MT-S2 v1.4 ,ok Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5450 @ 3.00GHz,AM INLOCUIT MICROCODUL,ESTE OK


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