Intel 45nm Yorkfield Runs On 975X Motherboard

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Dave_HH Posted: Fri, Nov 30 2007 1:54 PM

We've gotten more than a few inquiries from readers, since we launched our Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 (aka Yorkfield) article, about whether or not the new 45nm quad-core chip from Intel will play nice in legacy 975X motherboards.  The party line from Intel is that while technically, Yorkfield quad-core processors are not supported by the 975X chipset, some motherboard manufacturers may choose to validate and support the product. 

We've recently been able to prove out at least one 975X board and the Asus P5W64WS Pro is definitely a go for Intel's new 45nm Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and more than likely any 45nm quad-core Intel processor as well.


 



   

  


As you can see in the BIOS POST screen above, the motherboard is in fact requesting a BIOS update for the CPU microcode but after a simple strike of the F1 key the board boots flawlessly and we've been running benchmarks on a Vista installation for a week or so successfully and without incident.   In the bottom right hand screen shot, we're showing a CPU-Z identification of the motherboard chipset that was taken along side the large CPU identification shot above.  As you'll note, we're running the standard 1,333MHz FSB for the chip, based on a quad-pumped 333MHz base frequency. 

So, the moral of the story?  Check with your motherboard manufacturer for possible support of the new 45nm Yorkfield Core 2 Extreme quad-core processors from Intel, to see if you're going to get lucky.  However, if your motherboard comes equipped to run a 1,333MHz front side bus, your chances are pretty good.  We're hoping Asus will send us a BIOS update for the board as well shortly.  Stay tuned!




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jtm55 replied on Fri, Nov 30 2007 3:39 PM

Hi All,

That's good news Davo. Do you think Intel will do a BIOS update for all of us Badaxe2 owners?

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Nov 30 2007 8:15 PM

If I were a betting man, I would say no, unfortunately.  Sad  They'll be pushing the X38 or X48 chipset-based board for this family of CPUs.

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jtm55 replied on Sat, Dec 1 2007 1:04 AM

 Hi All,

You're most likely correct Davo. I was hoping that if enough of the other 975X Vendors offered a BIOS Update that Intel would follow suit. But yeah they'll definitely be pushing the X38 & X48 Chipset boards.  

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I just wish Asus would have cared enought to update the bios' for the other motherboards to include Windows Vista support. Don't expect other motherboard makers to even care. They make more money by selling new boards.
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djbrad replied on Tue, Dec 4 2007 9:28 AM
Hi all,

that's really good news for all of us with 975x motherboards.

On the asus forums we are wondering about the P5W DH Deluxe. The microcodes are in the bios since a few revisions, but nobody tested it.

This test gave us hope :)

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Dec 4 2007 10:02 AM

Hey Brad, Spartus,


Yes, for sure the chipset and power array of these Asus motherboards can handle it.  The only thing that really needs modified is BIOS microcode.  I'm asking Asus to help us out and provide a microcode for the P5W64 and will ask for the P5W DH  as well!

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Kinda dumb how LGA 775 was created to be able to house 'all future intel CPUs from now until 2012' or whenever it was and since then each new CPU generation STILL requires a mobo upgrade; but WAIT their claim is true I guess because older mobos can indeed "house" these CPUs just not run them...... BLAH! Angry I wish my 680i would work for Yorkfield Sad

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djbrad replied on Wed, Dec 12 2007 7:23 PM
Hi everyone,

Falkentyne had success with P5W DH Deluxe Bios 2406 + Retail QX9650.

See :

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=110193&page=266

He got problems at first, but with a clean Windows now ok.

He overclocked to 4ghz :)

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