The Intel® Processors and Boards Compatibility Tool provides three ways of getting compatibility information on Intel products:
The results indicate which products are compatible, and provide details on specific board, processor, or BIOS revisions that may be required for compatibility.
The tool requires you to enter a board name to get a list of processors compatible with the board. It will automatically provide you with a list of matching board names as you begin to type in the "Board Name" field.
The board name is a combination of letters and numbers indicating the board platform, the chipset on the board, and an identifying code for the board product. See below for an example of the board name format.
The board name is listed on the front and side of an Intel board box, and it is printed on the board. See below for an example of the format of a board name and where it appears on the box.
The board revision AA# can help determine your board name. It can be found on the box label as well as the serial number label on the motherboard. For more information about searching by AA#, visit http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-009009.htm.
To identify an Intel board that is already installed in a computer, use the Intel Board ID Tool located here: http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-012681.htm
The tool requires you to enter a processor number to get a list of boards compatible with the processor. It will automatically provide you with a list of matching processor numbers as you begin to type in the "Processor Number" field.Intel processor numbers allow you to quickly differentiate among processors within a product family. As shown in the example below, this number plus the processor family comprise the overall “processor name”.
The processor number is listed on a label on the front of an Intel boxed processor box. It is also provided on the top of the heat spreader on Intel desktop processors. See examples below.
For more information about Intel processor numbers, visit http://www.intel.com/products/processor_number/index.htm.
To identify an Intel processor that is already installed in a computer, use the Intel Processor Identification Utility found here: http://www.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/.
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Use the Intel processors and boards Compatibility Tool results as a guide for which Intel products should work together. The compatibility results represent one of the following evaluations:
Due to potential changes in products, BIOS, software, and the like, Intel is unable to warrant that the processors and motherboards listed in the results are compatible. Please check with the motherboard and/or barebones PC vendor for current and compatibility information regarding specific product models. The motherboard and/or barebones PC vendor remains solely responsible for the design, sale and functionality of its product, including, without limitation, any liability arising from product infringement or product warranty.
The system BIOS on an Intel board contains information for specific Intel processors. The BIOS that was originally installed on the board may be sufficient for compatibility with the processor, or an update to a newer version of the BIOS may be required.
The Minimum BIOS information in the Intel processors and Boards Compatibility Tool provides the minimum version of the BIOS for the Intel board that is required for compatibility with the Intel processor.
The 4 digit version number in the compatibility tool is part of the overall BIOS product code; you must use a BIOS that is designed for the specific board. For help in identifying the correct BIOS for your board, go to http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-010687.htm.
To download a BIOS update for your Intel board, go to http://downloadcenter.intel.com/default.aspx.
Processor Spec #
The Intel processors and boards Compatibility Tool includes details about which revisions of an Intel processor are compatible with an Intel board. Processor revisions are identified by an spec number. Some processor revisions may include changes to the maximum power (Thermal Design Power) requirements of the processor, which can affect the compatibility with certain boards. Processor revisions may also require different BIOS versions to be compatible.
Also known as specification number, the spec number is a five character string (SL7AA, SL8VN, etc.) that is printed on the processor. It is used to identify the processor. By knowing the processor's spec number, you can find out the processor's core speed, cache size and speed, core voltage, maximum operating temperature and so on.
The processor spec number is listed on a label on the front of an Intel boxed processor box. It is also provided on the top of the heat spreader on Intel desktop processors. See examples below.
For more information on how to identify the spec number on your Intel processor, go to http://www.intel.com/support/processors/sb/cs-016552.htm.
The Intel processors and Boards Compatibility Tool includes details about which revisions of an Intel Desktop Board are compatible with an Intel processor. Board revisions are identified by an Alternate Assembly number (AA#). Over the life of a board, Intel may release multiple revisions of the board, with different components and tolerances that can affect the compatibility with certain processors. A BIOS update may also be required for the combination to be compatible.
An AA# is a 9-digit Intel part number used to differentiate between board families, different configurations within a family, as well as revision history of the board. The AA# can be found on the component (top) side of an Intel board, on a small barcode label. It is also printed on the label on a Intel board box.
The Board Revision number is listed on a label on the front of an Intel boxed board box. It is also provided on the Motherboard. See examples below.
For more information on how to identify the AA# on your board, go to http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/cs-009008.htm.
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Add-in Graphics Card Required means that the combination of motherboard and processor do not support on-chip or on-board graphics and an add-in graphic card is required. Some motherboards do not have a video connector and some processors do not have on-chip graphics. In either case, the user would need to purchase an add-in graphics card in order to have video output.
The Intel processors and Boards Compatibility Tool covers the following products:
Motherboards: Intel boards supporting Intel Core™2 Duo processors and later processors, with processor socket 775 and later.
Processors: Intel Core™2 Duo processors (Conroe) and later.
For compatibility information on older parts not listed in the tool see the following links:
For boards begin at Desktop Boards, then select your board to view a list of supported processors.
For processors begin at ARK. Enter the processor number in the search box located in the upper right section of the screen. You may also navigate manually by choosing processors, processor family, then select the processor number. Once you find the processor, look for the compatible products link in the left navigation. Click compatible products and review the list of compatible chipsets. Chipsets can then be matched to a board. Go to Desktop Boards to see a list of associated chipsets and boards.
For Server boards and processors, begin at Server Configurator Tool
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Clink on the Print/Download link to print or download the compatibility search results. Download format is PDF.
If you are having trouble with the print results getting cut off to the right in portrait mode then change the page setup to landscape mode. To do this go to File --> Page Setup and change the Orientation from Portrait to Landscape. Click Ok. And then Go to File--> Print to print the search results in landscape mode.
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|Board Name||The board name is a combination of letters and numbers indicating the board platform, the chipset on the board, and an identifying code for the board product.|
|Board Revisions||Over the life of aboard, Intel may release multiple revisions of the board. Revisions are identified by an AA#.|
|Bus Speed||The Bus Speed is the speed (in MHz) of the processor bus, with which the processor communicates to the chipset in the system.|
|Chipset||The chipset is one or more chips on the Intel board that provide the interfaces between the computer subsystems, e.g. communication between the processor, main memory, and input/output devices.|
|Compatible||The tool provides information on Intel boards and Intel processors that are compatible, i.e. the combination should work together when installed in a computer system. A BIOS update may also be required for compatibility.|
|Intel HD Graphics||Intel HD Graphics supported processor means the graphics engine is on the processor. Previously, on-board graphics were on the motherboard chipset. Now on-chip graphics are on the processor. This is indicated on the web page with a Yes or No value indicating whether that processor has on-chip graphics.|
|L2 Cache||L2 Cache is the size (in MB) of the level two cache inside the processor. Cache is fast, short-term memory used by the processor to store frequently or recently-used instructions and data.|
|Processor Frequency||The processor frequency is the speed (in GHz) of the internal clock operations inside the processor.|
|Processor Number||Intel processor numbers allow you to quickly differentiate among processors within a product family. This number plus the processor family comprise the overall “processor name”.|
|Processor Specs||This column in the tool lists the processor spec #s that are required for compatibility.|
|Series||The Series information groups the Intel boards to provide an easy way to find a board that fits your intended usage.|
|Spec #||Also known as specification number, the spec number is a five character string (SL7AA, SL8VN, etc.) that is printed on the processor. It is used to identify the processor. By knowing the processor's spec number, you can find out the processor's core speed, cache size and speed, core voltage, maximum operating temperature and so on.|
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