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    intel e7400 compatible with my motherboard

    Hi,
    Im wanting to upgrade my core2duo 6320 cpu with a e7400 core2duo,at present im using a asrock conroe 1333/D667 motherboard and just need advice as to if the e7400 will fit and work on it. The motherboard was part of a system bought last febuary there was a booklet with it saying that it is compatible with all 775 intel cpu's running at 1333/1066/800/533 except (Quad core), to me this means it should be compatible with the motherboard but I just need an outside opinion as to if it would work.Any advice would be much appreciated
    Thanks

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    Well the ]ASRock website only lists it as being compatible with the higher end wolfdales, which is a bit worrying as the E8300 which is listed came out at the same time as the E7200 which isn't.

    You will obviously need to flash the bios to version 1.6 though.

    Are you sure you need to upgrade your CPU so soon though? The E6320 should be able to handle the vast majority of stuff with ease.

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    EndlessWaves;5096435

    Well the ]ASRock website only lists it as being compatible with the … Well the ]ASRock website only lists it as being compatible with the higher end wolfdales, which is a bit worrying as the E8300 which is listed came out at the same time as the E7200 which isn't.You will obviously need to flash the bios to version 1.6 though.Are you sure you need to upgrade your CPU so soon though? The E6320 should be able to handle the vast majority of stuff with ease.


    Hi thanks for the reply. I need something to help me play some newish games (perhaps crisis)as ive got a radeon hd 4670 gfx card.

    bboy71;5097982

    Hi thanks for the reply. I need something to help me play some newish … Hi thanks for the reply. I need something to help me play some newish games (perhaps crisis)as ive got a radeon hd 4670 gfx card.



    Then you need to upgrade your graphics card instead of your CPU.

    There's an interesting article ]here comparing the performance of the 8800GTX and GTX 295 on a CPU that's similar to yours (in fact slightly slower). As you can see from the results, above 800x600 or 1024x768 it's the graphics card that's the limiting factor and the results drop off for the slower graphics card, and not the CPU.

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    EndlessWaves;5098619

    Then you need to upgrade your graphics card instead of your CPU.There's … Then you need to upgrade your graphics card instead of your CPU.There's an interesting article ]here comparing the performance of the 8800GTX and GTX 295 on a CPU that's similar to yours (in fact slightly slower). As you can see from the results, above 800x600 or 1024x768 it's the graphics card that's the limiting factor and the results drop off for the slower graphics card, and not the CPU.


    With blu ray playback from a rom and also the recommended cpu for the crysis is 2.3ghx. When I run 'can I run it is gives the all clear on everything incl the gfx card but shows up that my cpu is too slow . Its clock speed is 1.8 so it looks like I have to purchase a core 2 with a higher clock speed.

    I was in the same situation with another Asrock motherboard and an E7400. It worked perfectly, even though the BIOS did whine about it being an unrecognised CPU for the first few months until they released a BIOS update. The chip itself is identical to the E8xxx series, so there's no real reason that it shouldn't work.

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    dxx;5099631

    I was in the same situation with another Asrock motherboard and an E7400. … I was in the same situation with another Asrock motherboard and an E7400. It worked perfectly, even though the BIOS did whine about it being an unrecognised CPU for the first few months until they released a BIOS update. The chip itself is identical to the E8xxx series, so there's no real reason that it shouldn't work.


    I think i'll get a new mobo,case and some ram that way I can sell my existing system on ebay. Ivee got a spare hard drive and dvd rw drive.At lease that way it should be less of a hassle.

    bboy71;5099100

    With blu ray playback from a rom and also the recommended cpu for the … With blu ray playback from a rom and also the recommended cpu for the crysis is 2.3ghx. When I run 'can I run it is gives the all clear on everything incl the gfx card but shows up that my cpu is too slow . Its clock speed is 1.8 so it looks like I have to purchase a core 2 with a higher clock speed.



    Those sorts of things are very simple and only meant to give you a rough idea whether the game will run at all, they don't perform any actual performance tests and just go by the clockspeed (which is misleading in this case). Try the Crysis demo, it should run fine.

    For blu-ray most of the play-back should be handled by your graphics card if you use software that supports it, such as WinDVD, Power DVD, Total Media Theatre or ]Media Player Home Cinema. This is the best way to do it as your graphics card is better at it than a CPU and uses less power.
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