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Ga-7vrxp Mobo of the year or Steaming Pile

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May 10, 2004 4:11:34 AM

So i'm playing Farcry the other day on a ga-7vrxp with an athlon xp 2100+ and a gf4 ti4600. I have to put the settings on medium and crank the resolution down to get a playable game. I start thinking to myself, why dont i see what kind of an upgrade i can get for ~$100. I do some research and see that I should be able to run an athlon 3000+ 333mhz version. I get the processor home, update my bios to lastest version and try to make things work. Multiplier is locked, so I set the board to 166mhz fsb and turn it on, detects as amdUnknown athlon 2600+, I'm like WOA! Its starts booting windows, computer crashes now wont boot to the OS. I play around with some stuff and eventually find out the board doesnt support anything above a 2600+. As a matter of fact, this board, the Gigabyte GA-7vrxp, Toms Hardware Mobo of the year for 2002 on the via kt333 chipset, supports a total of 0 processerors running at 166(333). Doesn't that seem a bit odd and pointless?

Anyhow, what would you recomend as an upgrade? I have corsair cl2 pc3000 so if overclocking is required, that is what i have to work with.
May 10, 2004 6:07:36 AM

Not to sound offensive but if you did resaerch you should know what your board can handle. It took me about a minute to find out what that MB <A HREF="http://tw.giga-byte.com/motherboard/support/cpusupportl... (Rev 1.1).htm" target="_new">supported</A>. And if that was the MB of the year, it was 2 years ago, which was before the Bartons were even out.

Your best bet for compatibility is to buy a new MB. Even tho you component can handle the higher speeds I doubt your MB can that much of an OC and be 100% stable, even if it can reach a 166 fsb. But I don't OC so I'm not sure on the limits of it.

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May 10, 2004 6:17:13 AM

If the shop that sold you the xp3000+ will take it back in swap, exchange it for an xp-m 2500+. You can set the multiplier at 16.5, and raise your fsb to 140. At 2.3 gigs, this will outperform an xp3000+ easily.
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May 10, 2004 7:08:40 AM

I agree, that the research on my part was not thorough enough. However, often times mobo specs arent updated on older boards, so theoretically its possible it could have worked. I mean who would have guessed that the "best kt333" board cant run any 333 mhz processors? Seems a bit absurd if you ask me.
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May 10, 2004 11:37:58 PM

Blame VIA. The KT333 can't run 166MHz FSB CPU's, nor could the KT133 run 133MHz FSB CPU's.

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May 11, 2004 12:21:41 AM

I might have gotten it mixed up with another chipset, did the original KT400 support a 200MHz FSB clock?

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May 11, 2004 1:05:37 AM

go with the SiS 748 chipset based board, my board of choice is ASROCK K7S8XE+ which supports SATA Raid, 6 usb, usb 2.0, 2 more usb in front ports,great sounding onboard sound, ddr400, 400fsb, overclockable very easily,my 2500+ is running at 200fsb to make 3200+ and it runs like a rocket sled on rails!...all for 55.00 plus shipping, and not from ebay!i have 3 of these here at home and have used 4 others in customers systems, no comlaints from anyone! ask crash about the 748 SiS chipset, he will tell you!

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