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    M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    Plan to install 64 bit Win 7 so I can increase RAM to 4Gig, and am considering a processor upgrade at the same time. Can anyone recommend a processor upgrade for my M2N-SLI Deluxe that would give a noticeable performance increase for a reasonable price? I am pleased with it's performance now but wouldn't mind a little increase.

    Thanks for any advice, Bill
    Last edited by CMB; 06-13-2009 at 02:19 PM.
    Phenom 9950 Quad core
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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    I cannot get my new Phenom X4 9950 to run on my M2n-sli.
    Won't post, wont boot, nothing. Putting my dual core 6000+ back in it works fine.

    (yes I have latest BIOS)

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    Asus cpu support shows the board supports Phenom X4 9950 (HD995ZXAJ4BGH),2.6GHz,125W,rev.B3,SocketAM2+,Quad-Core
    Is that the cpu you have or do you have the HD995ZFAJ4BGH which is the 140w one ?

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    The bar code sticker on my (retail version) box says "OPN:HD995ZXAGHBOX" then it lists the serial number. The marketing sticker says:

    9950
    AMD Phenom X4 Processor
    2.6ghz true quad core design
    4.0 MB total L2+L cache
    Socket AM2+

    I know the model number lased on the chip is prolly more important, but I have to remove it and the HSF(and waste some more artic silver!) to look at it.. I'll be doing that tomorrow when/if newegg gets the parts for my new rig here tomorrow.

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    You (OP bpratt) might wanna consider a power supply upgrade too, I'm not an expert, but think 470 watts and a quad core might be cuttin' it a bit close...

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    correction- I did NOT have the latest BIOS, I had 1502, which does not support the X4 9950. 1604 is required for the 9950 X4

    http://support.asus.com/cpusupport/c...roduct=1&os=17

    Latest BIOS is 1701- it is interesting that the latest/best CPU on the CPU support link above is the 9950 X4 (125W) and requires the 1604 BIOS. Since the 1701 BIOS is listed as the latest BIOS now and ASUS says 1701 "supports new CPU" I'm thinking that mebbe 1701 might support something beyond 9950? mebbe AM3's??

    I have the 9950 working fine in my m2n-sli now BTW

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    To answer your question, the 9950 mentioned above will definitely make a noticeable performance boost and at about $189 (at Newegg) it's a cheap upgrade! I noticed that the some of the Asus Am2+ boards are able to use AM3 chips. BUT they can't use DD3 memory, so there is no reason I can see to pay the extra. (The AM3's have ddr 2 AND ddr 3 memory controllers on them for backward compatibility)

    You'll need BIOS 1701 to make it work though.

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    be careful. Upgrading to 1701 using Win2003 caused my system to die with Win2003. Mind you I am not 100% sure why it scrambled all my files, but anyone upgrading your BIOS, you should do it with a System you plan on starting from scratch with. I couldn't install Windows server 2003 while using the BIOS version 1701 either.

    I have a 9850 (2.5ghz) quad core in mine, and it is running great while using the 1604 BIOS. My Phenom is based on the 65nm silicon process, not the newer 45nm process. The newer CPU's on the shelf may have issues with this board as a result. I wish Asus would update their support page as they don't have all the drivers available for download which are required to get the board running properly either. I had to google all over the place to find the ACPI driver(Also known as AMDAWAY), the Processor driver, AMD power monitor, and the high precision timer driver.
    Last edited by Pixels303; 10-16-2009 at 03:42 PM.

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Pixels303 View Post
    I have a 9850 (2.5ghz) quad core in mine, and it is running great while using the 1604 BIOS. My Phenom is based on the 65nm silicon process, not the newer 45nm process. The newer CPU's on the shelf may have issues with this board as a result. I wish Asus would update their support page as they don't have all the drivers available for download which are required to get the board running properly either. I had to google all over the place to find the ACPI driver(Also known as AMDAWAY), the Processor driver, AMD power monitor, and the high precision timer driver.
    When I booted up with a newly installed used AMD Phenom X4 9950 I got this warning: "Unsupported CPU...shutting down"

    I had already updated the BIOS for my M2N_SLI_DELUXE motherboard to version 1804 as recommended by ASUS support. They say this motherboard supports this CPU.

    Looking at the BIOS setup, I noticed my socket is AM2, not AM2+ The 9950 is an AM2+. Could that be the source of the incompatibility?

    I don't think so. Here's a quote from cpu-world.com:
    "The socket AM2+ is compatible with socket AM2, that is socket AM2+ processors can be used in socket AM2, and vice versa."

    Maybe it's just a bad CPU.

    By the way, I put my old dual core Athlon II 6000+ back in and it works fine.

    Could there be something else wrong? I've never heard of the ACPI driver(Also known as AMDAWAY) or a Processor driver. Should I get informed on those subjects?

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    Kidvisio, after reading through some posts above try the 1604 or 1701 BIOS, some boards can be finicky that way.
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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    And you might try loading bios defaults with the new bios/cpu then rebooting.

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    Re: M2N-SLI Deluxe upgrade advice

    Good point, I didn't consider resetting the BIOS.
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