Hardware Thread, ASRock Wolfdale1333-GLAN/M & E5200 in Technical; I'm currently running a Core 2 Duo E8400 on an ASRock Wolfdale1333-GLAN/M - details http://http://www.asrock.com/mb/over...3-GLAN/M&s=775 . As I'd like to ...
I'm currently running a Core 2 Duo E8400 on an ASRock Wolfdale1333-GLAN/M - details http://http://www.asrock.com/mb/over...3-GLAN/M&s=775. As I'd like to move to having 8GB RAM and also the option to upgrade to a Core 2 Quad at a later date, I'm going to replace the board with an Asus P5Q Pro (and buy the 8GB RAM at the same time).
One of my workmates wants to build a low-cost bu decent system for his parents and has offered to take the ASRock board, plus 4GB of DDR2 667 (4x1GB Kingston ValueRAM modules) that I've already installed on the board.
The thing you've got to watch with some of the E5xxx Processors (especially the E5200) is that they use odd .5x clock multipliers. In this case, the E5200 uses a 12.5x and I found - after buying a E5200 when it first came out I might add - that many low to mid-end motherboards (including many mATX boards) at the time didn't support .5x multipliers. Did find one after a bit of searching though.
Since the E5200 is a Wolfdale chip and the ASRock motherboard is advertised as supporting Wolfdale processors, your workmate may be lucky and may find that it will work fine. But that isn't a guarantee, unfortunately. If you can find out whether your board uses .5x multipliers, then he should be able to go ahead with the chip he wants, otherwise it's a case of either a new board to go with the chip or a different chip.
EDIT: I ought to add that it was in the BIOS that I found out that the original board I wanted to use didn't support .5x multipliers - that and the fact it wouldn't boot up at all!
Last edited by Shielder; 15th May 2009 at 10:09 PM.
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