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AMD Phenom II  cpu  power/TDP rating discrepancy

Question asked by bldg4bytes on Jan 16, 2016
Latest reply on Jan 29, 2016 by techguy

Hi. I have an ECS  A880GM-M7 (V2) motherboard with a AM3 socket that supports Phenom II cpu up to 95W TDP.  After comparing compatible Phenom II cpu on the AMD website, I discovered that the TDP (power) rating specified on the AMD site for many of the cpu is different than the values specified on other websites using the same AMD part # (UPN TRAY).  The discrepancy shows up just about every where I searched on the Internet, as well as on Ebay listings (not that Ebay listings are reliable). Why are these TDP power ratings different for the same part # ?   Is there a simple explanation? I don't think it would be wise to purchase a cpu until I know for sure.  Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks