Want to Add AMD’s New Six-core Phenom II X6 to Your System? Here’s How!

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One of the most attractive features of AMD’s newest Athlon II and Phenom II processors (including the hot new six-core Phenom II X6 1090T) is that they’re backwards compatible with AM2+ and AM3 sockets. If you’ve bought or built an AMD-computer within the past two or three years, that means you might be able to use the new chips.

Upgrading your processor is actually a surprisingly easy task.  We posted a series of video tutorials just last year on how to build your own computer, and swapping in a new processor is basically the same process.  Before you try it, check around online and with your manufacturer to see if the new chips:

  1. are compatible with your board
  2. if you’ll need to update your BIOS (motherboard software)
  3. if your manufacturer will be issuing a BIOS update

Before you know it, your dual-core computer might be running on six new cores.





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