Intel® Desktop Processor Upgrade Information


Product Information & Documentation



If you would like to upgrade your processor to a new generation Intel® Core™, compare Celeron® or Pentium® processors, or compare different processor families, use the table below:

Intel® Desktop Processor Resources
Compare Intel Desktop Processors

You can use any of the options below:

If your processor includes the letter F in the processor number then you need to use an external graphics card.

  1. Use the Comparison Charts for Intel® Core™ Desktop Processor Family.
  2. Review the steps in How to Compare Intel® Processors Using Product Specifications Page (ARK).
  3. Watch the video Finding Information on Intel Processors.
Find compatible motherboards for Intel Desktop Processors

Use the Intel® Product Compatibility Tool to find compatible motherboards. Use the Desktop and Workstation Processors option.

Refer to How to Find Compatible Motherboards for Your Intel® Boxed Desktop Processor for help on the steps.

  1. Contact your system or motherboard manufacturer before upgrading your desktop processor. Your manufacturer is familiar with your system specifications and the different upgrade options available, and they can tell you which processors your system or motherboard supports.
  2. Even if your processor and motherboard socket match, it's critical to make sure that your motherboard BIOS supports your new processor. Older motherboards frequently don't have BIOS support for newer processors. Lack of BIOS support for your processor can cause the system to not boot or display erratic behavior.

Compatible thermal solution

Another upgrade consideration is that faster processors and processors with more cores can also affect the temperature of your system. You need to make sure your chassis and thermal solution work with your upgrade from a thermal perspective. Refer to How to Choose Thermal Solutions for Intel® Core™ Boxed Desktop Processor.

Operating system information
  1. Use the Intel® Product Compatibility Tool to find compatible motherboards. Use the Processor OS Compatibility option.
    Note If you have any questions related to the operating system support for your OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) PC, contact the OEM for support. If you are building your own system, contact the vendor of the operating system for support.
  2. Refer to How to Find if Your System is Eligible for Windows 11*.
    Note Microsoft enforces specific minimum system requirements for Windows 11 with Intel® Processors. To determine if your system is compatible with Windows 11, use the Microsoft PC Health Check application. If further support is required, contact Microsoft.
  3. Refer to Does My Intel® Processor Support Microsoft Windows® 10?.


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Support Resources for Intel® Desktop Processors