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Will my i3-3240 (bx80637i33240) work with newer mb


Trying to determine if my 13-3240 processor will work on any i3 mb

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Plain and simple: no.

In order for a processor to be used on a board, it must be socket, board and BIOS compatible. That is,

  1. It must be designed for the socket provided by the board.
  2. The board must support its required voltages, power levels, etc. and must provide a compatible chipset.
  3. The BIOS must provide the support necessary to initialize and maintain the state of the processor.

Here is the information specific to your processor:

  1. Your processor requires a LGA1155 socket and a 6 Series or 7 Series chipset (7 Series preferred).
  2. By 7 Series, I mean a board with Q77, H77, Z77, B75, Z75 or Q75 chipset.
  3. By 6 Series chipset, I mean a board with Z68, H67, P67, Q67, Q65, B65 or H61 chipset. To be used on a board with a 6 Series chipset, the BIOS version that is currently installed on the board must include support for 3rd generation processors. If the current BIOS does not include support for 3rd generation processors, you typically cannot use this processor to install the BIOS version that does include support (you typically need a 2nd generation processor to do this).

Bottom line, you must carefully match the board and processor.

Hope this helps,