i know this question has been asked a thousand times, but i must ask it again. i currently run on:
Abit KR7A (non RAID) with the latest BIOS revision which has support up to 266FSB CPU's Athlon XP 1500+ 512MB PC2100 registered memory
first, let me tell u what i want to do. i want to install the fastest Athlon XP in my system, but i heard that an Athlon XP 2600+ w/266FSB is extremely hard to find.
then i hear that an Athlon MP might work in my motherboard. is this true? if so, what's the fastest MP i can run at? it's my understanding that even the MP 2800+ has a FSB of 266MHz, so can that work as well? i'd appreciate some success stories if possible. also, money is no object because i want to upgrade to the fastest CPU and be done with it. lastly, do MP's require registered memory? i appreciate any help. thanks.
QUOTE then i hear that an Athlon MP might work in my motherboard. is this true? Yes, a Athlon MP is just an Athlon XP that has been tested and validated for dual-CPU operation. It will happily run on any mobo regardless of whether it is single or dual-Socket A
The Athlon MP 2800+ has the Barton-core(512KB L2-cache) - i doubt your mobo will support it. There are both T-Bred and Barton-versions of the MP 2600+, and ALL Athlon MPs have a 266MHz FSB.
According to Abit's CPU-compatibility list, the fastest CPU supported by your mobo is a AXP 2000+ T-Bred. Anything faster than that(and with a 266MHz FSB) might or might not work, but i don't really know
QUOTE do MP's require registered memory? No. The CPU does not require it. You can use it if you like, but you don't have to(unless your mobo requires registered RAM)
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