Thank you “Prawn” for your help. I am sincerely grateful.
I’ve been searching forever, all over the web for a reason (Besides a BIOS update from ABIT) why I couldn’t use one of the faster Athlon XPs having a FSB of (266MHz w DDR RAM) as some of the XP2400+ AMD CPUs have that I’ve been seeing. I find it very disappointing that we are unable to set the multiplier settings higher than 13 in the BIOS to take advantage of the faster CPUs available. I find it even more disappointing when I think of how late ABIT was in releasing the KG7 that had 4 Slots available for the then considered fast 266MHz DDR clock speeds just to find out that I won't be able to update the CPU.
You wouldn’t happen to know if a BIOS upgrade (perhaps released by ABIT sometime in the future) would remedy this multiplier settings limit or are we just ____out of luck? I figure there is probably no incentive for ABIT to do so, since more than likely they would prefer that you purchase one of their “New” motherboards.
I don’t know about you but I’ve been very impressed with the performance of my AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz Thunderbird CPU. It’s been a real workhorse of a CPU. Just to give you an idea of why I say this, here is my system specs:
- ABIT KG7-RAID
- AMD Athlon 1400+ Thunderbird
· PC Case
- LIAN LI All-Aluminum Case - (5) fans - (2) in front that blow over 4 RAID Hard drive slots - (2) in back - (1) Blow Hole Fan on top.
– 256MB of PC2100 DDR SDRAM 266 MHz
· Power Supply
- Antec TruePower 430 watt
· CPU Fan
– Thermaltake – Volcano 7
· Sound Card
- Sound Blaster - Audigy 2 - Platinum
· Video Card
- ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (Dual monitor outputs - 128MB DDR RAM) (Using Dual 19” CRT monitors
· DVD-ROM Drive
- Sony - DVD (+)(-) R/RW Drive
· Hard Drives
– (3) Western Digital, 8MB Cache, 128GB Hard drives – (1) Western Digital, 8MB Cache, 200GB Hard drive - & - (1) Western Digital, 8MB Cache, External USB 2.0 Hard drive
· Belkin USB 2.0 PCI Card
· Promise Ultra TX2 IDE PCI Controller
– Had to use this back before WinXP SP1 came out and wouldn’t recognize the 200GB Hard drive
· Nic Card
– Linksys LNE100TX Fast Ethernet Adapter
· Windows XP Pro
I think the most “Note worthy” portion out of all the components I have in my system is the miniscule 256MB of DDR RAM that I have been using! I know I most definitely need to install more RAM and I’m in the process of doing so at this time. I just couldn’t ever seem to save up enough money while I was in attending college to buy the $300 a pop (1 GB) DDR RAM Modules. Are choices being either (4) modules of (1GB) ECC DDR RAM or (2) modules of (1GB) Non-ECC RAM! Either way that's a lot of moola for a student! Anyway, my AMD Athlon 1400+ Thunderbird has not failed to run everything from ORACLE 8i <-- (A real Resource Hog) and the entire Microsoft Office 2000 Professional package all at the same time, and wide variety of High-end Audio & Video Editing software along with MS Office 2000 at other times etc.!!! Obviously, I had to go in and shut down unnecessary WinXP Pro “Services” to keep it all running smoothly, but this little processor has never crashed or slowed down to a crawl. Quite frankly it’s been an amazing CPU and has made me a real fan of AMD processors!
Prawn, Very kewl, I just went to the URL provided by MD later in this thread at: http://forum.abit-usa.com/show...hp?t...6&highlight=kg7
A forum member there named “Pablop” said that he has installed an XP2400+ in his ABIT KG7-Raid motherboard and he wrote:
Yes, the new processor is in and working. I did have to locate a better heat exchanger.
When the system first booted, it came up as a XP1500. I then set the bios to:
Now it boots as a XP2000.
SIS Sandra reports an XP2400 running at 2000 mhz.
I did some stress testing thorugh Sandra and so far no problems.
So Prawn, I’ll probably post to the ABIT forum to make sure everything is still working properly using the XP2400+. However, I still would have preferred that ABIT release a BIOS update to recognize the XP2400+ automatically. But, I guess that’s a wait & see sort of thing right? Let me know if you are thinking about upgrading your CPU also. Maybe then we both could “Gitter Done” right!
Thank you “MD” for the URL to the ABIT Forum!
Very cool of you! I see that the URL you provided to a ABIT Forum thread was dated 08-02-2004 thru 08-29-2004, which explains why I missed the last of that post. I was there to soon! (Back when “Pablop” was trying to decide between two motherboards he had available to choose from!
Before the beginning of that post’s date (08-02 to 08-04) I could not locate a single thread concerning anybody using an XP2400+ in a KG7-Raid successfully & using the current ABIT released BIOS update. The reason I posted on this forum was to try to find out if anybody knew weather “there are any significant differences in CPU architecture in the later released 0.13 micron Thoroughbred cores after 2000+ that would prevent me from upgrading my current AMD Athlon 1.4 GHz Thunderbird processor to at least one of the Athlon XP 2400+ versions?”
Well MD, I guess it’s safe to assume from the ABIT Forum Post you provided that there aren’t any significant CPU architecture differences that I should be concerned about, only the BIOS issue!
Once Again Thanks MD & Prawn!!