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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jimpom, Jun 2, 2002.

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  1. jimpom

    jimpom Thread Starter

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    i have a fic az31 mobo, could someone please tell me what the
    max speed duron cpu i could use, i have gotten different info from
    amd, the mobo manual says 600-750, but on the same hand they also say that a 800 is compatible and i've read that you can even
    use a 1000 duron. is the latter with a bios flash or upgrade ?
    thanks
     
  2. compilerxp

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    next time, if you have the manual provide a bit more info or a link to the site about the product. FIC no longer has info about THAT mobo thou... The info that helps would be the chipset. Such as VIA-KT100, etc etc.

    I did a quick check on the site and got the manual.

    It's a KT-133Chipset that supports DDR.

    BIOS support for the product is not great, there are no NOTES about top speed or anything. I suggest you call their US Office and ask them what the highest speed the Mobo supports with the NEWEST BIOS upgrade.

    A new BIOS allows higher speed. When that board was first made, the 1Ghz CPU wasn't out yet.

    Because your Mobo Supports DDR (good) and is such a chipset (make sure your using the latest 4-in1 drivers) - in theroy you can plug in up to a 1.4Ghz AMD T-Bird CPU (not the AMD XP cpus)

    Make sure the version is a 100Mhz chip, otherwise it'll run around 1.1Ghz.

    Check out http://www.pricewatch.com for idea of some prices.

    A 1.3Ghz Duron may run you about $100 - then again, so can a 1.4Ghz 100Mhz bus speed Thunderbird. You may consider going for the FASTEST... but you need to make sure that your case (since its a small MATX micro tower) has enough airflow as the faster CPUs generate more HEAT.
     
  3. wedor

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    First off that board does NOT support DDR RAM, and the highest CPU speed listed on the latest revision of the board is 1000mhz.
     
  4. compilerxp

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    Me bad...!

    I read the manual wrong.... DDR of the 100Mhz bus speed - DOH!!

    It is possible for the Mobo to go faster - but that is up to the support of the manufacture to upgrade the BIOS.

    jimpom, how fast is your current CPU?

    If you already have a 600~700mhz CPU, the 300Mhz of a 1ghz CPU will give you a bit more speed for about $50~75 (25~30%)

    If you want to use the same case, you can get another MATX mobo and install an AMD XP1600+ CPU for about $100 (The mobo is about $80) and you'll see about 2-4 times the performance of your current setup. Of couse it means new RAM as well :(

    Here is a product link:

    http://usa.asus.com/mb/socketa/a7v266-m/overview.htm
     
  5. jimpom

    jimpom Thread Starter

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    i found a compatibility test .pdf from fic and decided to go with a
    duron 800, it was a little confusing trying to decide because dif-
    ferent sources listed different types. ultimately what i was trying
    to figure out was what was the fasted cpu i could put w\out
    flashing the bios. i picked the duron the $$$ .
    thanks for your help. jimpom
     
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