Upgrading Desktop Boards to 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors





Many Intel® 6 Series Chipset Boards require BIOS, ME8, and driver updates 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 from a 2nd Generation to a 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processor isn't 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.