Intel® Desktop Processor Upgrade Information


Product Information & Documentation



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'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.

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 use the Intel® Desktop Compatibility Tool and search by processors or motherboards.

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

Intel® Desktop Processor Resources
Compare Intel Desktop Processors Use comparison chart to compare desktop processors and features.
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 your processor and if it's working at the correct frequency.
Intel Product Information This resource shows detailed specifications for all Intel products.
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How to use the Intel® Desktop Compatibility Tool