Great to see you here, In this article you are going to read the ultimate guide to know what cpu is compatible with your motherboard.
Tech is changing every day. Now, in this high pace era, it is really tough to have the latest computer. At times, we often end up combining old hardware with the latest ones.
Being a PC enthusiast, I can directly relate with you. It is because, chances are that, you are trying to upgrade your PC by changing the CPU. Hence looking for a series of CPUs that are compatible with your motherboard.
Well the most easiest way to find out “what CPU is compatible with your motherboard” is to get the details of your motherboard and accordingly look for relevant options.
When I came across these CPU compatibility queries from you guys, I thought of preparing a guide that could help you get all the required details to find the compatible CPU for your motherboard.
So this is it, let’s begin:
To find compatible options for your motherboard, you must be aware of it’s socket model. Before directly jumping on the motherboard and locating it’s CPU Socket Model, let’s first understand:
As the name suggest, CPU socket is a mount dedicated to hold the CPU. Whenever you built a new PC, your CPU sits on this CPU Socket and that’s when your PC boots.
Different CPU sockets have different dimensions and that’s a reason why you can’t just place any CPU in the socket. You have to understand that a motherboard CPU socket only supports a limited number of CPUs.
To understand the supported CPU, you must be aware of the CPU socket model. Now, Let’s find it out:
Finding out a CPU socket model is quite easy. It will just take a few minutes. All you need is your motherboard’s model number. Yes! unfortunately, this information is mandatory to determine the CPU socket model.
Once you have your motherboard model number, you can visit the official website of the manufacturer and look for the respective motherboard’s spec sheet.
In the CPU section of the spec sheet, you will find a Alphanumeric code.
For instance, The GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTER motherboard has a socket model FCLGA1700.
Once you have that code, you can now check for the CPU’s supported socket.
To find out what socket your desired CPU supports, you have to visit the manufacturer’s website and navigate to the specs sheet. You will find a Alphanumeric code like FCLGA1700 listed against Socket Supported Field.
For instance, the Intel Core i5-12600KF Processor supports the FCLGA1700 motherboard socket.
Once you have both these codes aligned (matched), you are ready to go. That respective CPU will sit in your motherboard’s socket. But, this doesn’t mean that your PC is good to go. There are some other complications as well. Let’s find them out.
The foremost concern was whether the CPU fits in the motherboard’s socket or not. We just sorted it out.
Now comes the secondary concnern i.e., Is your Motherboard’s Chipset Generation compatible with the CPU sitting in the socket?
This is something, you shouldn’t worry much about because even if the motherboard chipset generation doesn’t support the CPU, through BIOS Update, you can fix it.
Let’s say, you have a AMD B350 motherboard (2017 release) that has the AM4 socket and it was holding the AMD Ryzen 1000 series CPU. Now, you wish to upgrade your CPU with AMD Ryzen 5000 series. Both these CPU’s support AM4 socket, however, at first, your motherboard won’t accept the CPU. The reason is it’s old chipset generation.
You will need BIOS update to make your old AMD B350 motherboard compatible with the new Ryzen 5000 series CPU.
Note: If your motherboard requires a BIOS Update, there could be some minor performance issues. I would recommend getting the latest generation chipset that support the CPU in the first place.
While finding a compatible CPU for your motherboard, you must be aware of the CPU Socket Model that your motherboard and socket supported by your desired CPU. You must ensure that both these codes align with each other. Also, keep a note your motherboard’s chipset generation, you might need a BIOS Update.