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Created On: 05/31/2004 04:35 PM
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 05/31/2004 04:35 PM
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fasterman
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I was intrigued by the use of the XP-M in a desktop, what's the best (cheap) motherboard to use with an XP-M that supports AGP 8X?
 05/31/2004 10:24 PM
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Abit NF7-S ver 2.0 is the best board for mobile cpu's.

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OK I'm confused, I look up the Abit Nf7-s and the ad says it uses the N Force chip set. This seems to be the same chip set that caused problems for the XP-m 2500 in an MSI board MSI K7N2-DELTA-L . Milt said in discussing that board earlier today on the older chips FSB266 Athlon XP thread

Milt- Posted: May 31 2004, 08:17 AM

canone,

Good choice on the processor, apparently a bad choice on the memory.
Even worse choice on the board (to go with any Mobile).
The nForce boards don't work with Mobiles... they'll run, but you can't change the multiplier after you're into Windows.
Hopefully, you can change it CMOS before you boot up, and that the 'change' will 'stick' once you're into Windows, but I doubt it.

So if the n force chip doesn't work well in an MSI board why does it work in an ABIT board, or what am I missing?

Generally when can you drop an XP-M into a regular Athlon XP desktop board?


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QUOTE Generally when can you drop an XP-M into a regular Athlon XP desktop board?
A mobile Athlon XP-M will run on almost all modern desktop-motherboards, although it won't be recognized properly in most cases - that's just a cosmetic thing, tho. It will be fully functional(except for PowerNOW! which is generally NOT supported on desktop-motherboards).

If your motherboard has a VIA-chipset, you will be able to manually adjust a mobile processors' clockspeed(via multiplier) and voltage from within window$ - this will NOT work with a NForce/NForce2-chipset.
However, as long as your motherboard supports manual adjustment of both multiplier and CPU-voltage(Vcore) in BIOS, you will be able to make your mobile part run at its default speed(or higher) without problems.

The MSI K7N2Delta series support manual adjustment of both voltage and multiplier in BIOS, consequently this motherboard is NOT a bad choice for running a mobile part at all - unless of course you explicitely WANT to control clockspeed and voltage via a window$-software, which is NOT required for overclocking.

The NForce2 chipset is capable of running stable at pretty high FSBs(over 200MHz), which makes it an excellent choice for overclocking mobile parts - just make sure your motherboard provides the required BIOS options(multiplier, Vcore and FSB), otherwise your processor would run WAY below its default speed and there would be no way to change that.

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