Processors
Desktop
2nd Generation and 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor Compatibility

The 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors and 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors use the same LGA1155 socket providing, for the most part, backward and forward compatibility.

The most recent desktop boards based on the Intel® 6 Series Chipset include an updated BIOS and firmware. But, many Intel® 6 Series Chipset Boards require BIOS, ME8, and driver updates in order to support 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors. Check with the board manufacturer, before the update, to verify your board supports the upgrade.

Note For desktop boards based on the Intel® Q67 Express Chipset, Intel® Q65 Express Chipset, or Intel® B65 Express Chipset, upgrading to a 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor is not possible.

To find out which generation of processor you have, see Intel® Processor Numbers. To compare feature differences between processors, use the Intel® Product Information resource.
Related topics
4th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
Previous Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors
Previous Generation Intel® Core™ Laptop Processors

This applies to:

Intel® Core™ i5 Desktop Processor
Intel® Core™ i7 Desktop Processor

Solution ID: CS-033439
Last Modified: 25-Nov-2014
Date Created: 19-Apr-2012
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