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Topic Title: upgrade 1400 athlon to 2100+ palomino
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Created On: 03/29/2004 02:42 AM
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 03/29/2004 02:42 AM
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i have a soyo k7v dragon plus motherboard that can only take up to 1.4 thunderbird or up to a 2.1 xp palomino only soyo's site said it will not take the thoroughbred
i would like to know if i will see and improvement from this upgrade.
 03/29/2004 02:25 PM
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There would be a benefit in speed, but depends on what you would use the computer for.

What memory do you use? There were 100 and 133MHz FSB versions of the 1400 Athlon; Thunderbird "B" and "C" respectively. If you run the B core you'll need to to upgrade the RAM. In terms of power consumption, beleive it or not but the "Palomino" core version of the XP2100+ would use roughly the same amount. It uses a lower core voltage as well as smaller die size.

Also, if you intend to play some modern games then you can practically guarantee that using your existing card, say a Geforce 4 MX, would give virtually zilch improvement; you would need to match that CPU with a fast video card like a Radeon 9600XT or an older, but still gold, Geforce 4 Ti 4200.

See' "> to see how the GF4 Ti cards scale with such upgrades.

If you can get to a trade fair you can often pick up deals whereby the seller chucks in the CPU, cooler and bang up-to-date board for a good price. You get nice things as well like USB 2.0. I know this is a bit off-topic but I'd weigh this option up against your intended purchase, especially as folks having been buying "Barton" cores (e.g. XP 2500+) and over-clocking them like crazy.

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