Intel® Desktop Processor Upgrade Information

Last Reviewed: 13-Sep-2017
Article ID: 000005682

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.

Even if your processor and motherboard socket match, it is critical to make sure that your motherboard BIOS supports your new processor. Older motherboards frequently do not have BIOS support for newer processors. Lack of BIOS support for your processor can cause the system to not boot or display erratic behavior.

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.

One way to verify processor compatibility is to visit the Web site for the motherboard manufacturer or system. Using the Intel® DH61AG Desktop Board as an example, there is a list of supported processors on the Intel® DH61AG Desktop Board home page. Clicking the supported processors link in the upper right-hand screen, under the Compatibility section, takes you to a list of compatible processors.

For more information on your Intel® Processor or Intel® Desktop Board, select one of the links below: 

Intel® Desktop Processor Resources
Intel Desktop Processor support resources This document has useful links to installation videos, integration documents, and warranty information.
Intel® Processor and Desktop Board Compatibility Tool This tool matches compatible Intel® Desktop Processors and Intel® Desktop Boards from 2006 forward.
Intel® Processor Identification Utility The utility identifies what processor you have and if it is working at the correct frequency.
Intel Product Information This resource shows detailed specifications for all Intel products.

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