Can i use a non 'K' Intel cpu with a z68 chipset motherboard?

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Jeddoo

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The problem is i have an Intel i5 2400 CPU, and an Asus p8h61m le mobo. The mobo is a lower end model, it has only 1 pci e x16 slot. I want to upgrade my rig with an SLI configuration, I'm thinking of using two gtx550 ti's. I went to the local shop here and i saw an Asrock extreme3 gen3 motherboard, it was the only motherboard they had with dual pci e x16 slots. I was just wondering if it will be okay to use my current CPU with that motherboard. I'm not planning to overclock my cpu or anything because i know that it is locked, I just want to use the 2 pci e x16 slots for SLI. I hope you guys can answer my question.. Thanks!
 
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As far as I remember all non "K" i5s can be used at z68 or p67 and they can also overclock a bit. They can be overclocked 400Mhz more than their turbo boost. The i5 2400 has a max turbo of 3,4 Ghz so you can achieve speeds of 3,8 Ghz with i5 2400 and a z68/p67 mobo.

edit: In this article the guy from bit-tech overclocks it to 3,99Ghz. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/03/intel-sandy-bridge-review/5
Intel Core i5-2400

3.1GHz (31 x 100MHz)

Up to 3.99GHz (38 x 105MHz)

RAM: 1,680MHz

Extreme Load-Line Calibration, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V

:)

tlmck

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Yes. The K designation means only that that chip is unlocked for overclock. You can use any of the socket 155 chips on z68. I have a core i3-2100 myself.

Also note, at stock speed, the i5-2400 is only 10% slower than the i5-2500k.
 
As far as I remember all non "K" i5s can be used at z68 or p67 and they can also overclock a bit. They can be overclocked 400Mhz more than their turbo boost. The i5 2400 has a max turbo of 3,4 Ghz so you can achieve speeds of 3,8 Ghz with i5 2400 and a z68/p67 mobo.

edit: In this article the guy from bit-tech overclocks it to 3,99Ghz. http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2011/01/03/intel-sandy-bridge-review/5
Intel Core i5-2400

3.1GHz (31 x 100MHz)

Up to 3.99GHz (38 x 105MHz)

RAM: 1,680MHz

Extreme Load-Line Calibration, VCCSA: 1.1V, VCCIO: 1.106V

:)
 
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