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Hi there, I am a newbie to the tech world and need assistance from a guru to carry out the following:

I'm looking to upgrade my MBO but still use my i5 -2400 CPU @ 3.10 /3.30GHz - with 1555 . The current MBO is a Gigabyte GA-Z68-AP-D3.

I am unable to install a SSD (Samsung: V NAND 970EVO Plus NVMe M.2) and use it as my prime boot for Windows as the MBO does not recognise the SSD. I have tried to update the BIOS but there is no way I am unable to do this as the MBO is too old!

My solution therefore is to upgrade the MBO to a compatible MBO which will let me install the SSD and run windows 7 Home Premium until I upgrade the system in future.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,


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Super User

Your board  and processor are from 2011.   It makes no sense to stay with this processor on a new/newer board.


Save your money, and invest in a new/new system that supports an 8th gen or later processor.


Doc (not an Intel employee or contractor)
[Windows 11 is the new Vista]

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Hello CK2,

Due to this product being discontinued, Intel Customer Service no longer supports inquiries for it, I am glad to see that fellow community members have the knowledge and they jumped in and are helping you. You may also find the Discontinued Products website helpful to address your request.

You can verify this product's discontinuance status at the Intel Product Specifications website > Product Status > "Discontinued".

Please keep in mind that this thread will no longer be monitored by Intel. Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,

Josue O.

Intel Customer Support Technician

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