A7V333-X: What is the fastest processor it supports?

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I have the 1004 BIOS running an Athlon 1900+ processor right now. I haven't tried any overclocking since I've read that until the
Athlon XP 2200 (I think), there was no special heat protection circuitry on the processors to guarantee that the chips would not fry
themselves.

According to the manual, the motherboard supports "Socket A for AMD Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron up to 2.8GHz+.

Since AMD normally uses their own processor numbering (e.g. 1900+, 2600+, 3200+), does that mean the motherboard only supports up to
an Athlon XP 2800+ processor, or does it really support up to the real frequency of 2.8GHz? And if so, does the manual say "+"
because you can overclock it, or does the plus mean something else?

If it supports up to a real 2.8GHz, then I assume it can take almost any AthlonXP processor available today (with a 333Mhz FSB),
since the fastest one I've seen with matching FSB speed is the Athlon XP 3000+ (operating at 2.167GHz)

Ahh, nevermind, I just found there is a link on the ASUS web site which actually tells me specifically which processors currently
released are supported by my motherboard!

http://www2.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/1,,30_182_869_4348%5e7923,00.html?1091063312

Here is the info for the A7V333-X motherboard:
http://www2.amd.com/us-en/recmobo/DetailHandler/1,,,00.html?queryID=68047

I also found a nice chart with all the real processor frequencies on the AMD site:
http://139.95.253.214/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE/,/?St=1,E=0000000000175480378,K=1368,Sxi=4,Case=obj(1224)

Thanks,
David Holcomb
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    In article <41464724$1@news.microsoft.com>, "David Holcomb"
    <dholcomb@msn.com> wrote:

    > I have the 1004 BIOS running an Athlon 1900+ processor right now. I
    haven't tried any overclocking since I've read that until the
    > Athlon XP 2200 (I think), there was no special heat protection circuitry
    on the processors to guarantee that the chips would not fry
    > themselves.
    >
    > According to the manual, the motherboard supports "Socket A for AMD
    Athlon XP/Athlon/Duron up to 2.8GHz+.
    >
    > Since AMD normally uses their own processor numbering (e.g. 1900+,
    2600+, 3200+), does that mean the motherboard only supports up to
    > an Athlon XP 2800+ processor, or does it really support up to the real
    frequency of 2.8GHz? And if so, does the manual say "+"
    > because you can overclock it, or does the plus mean something else?
    >
    > If it supports up to a real 2.8GHz, then I assume it can take almost any
    AthlonXP processor available today (with a 333Mhz FSB),
    > since the fastest one I've seen with matching FSB speed is the Athlon XP
    3000+ (operating at 2.167GHz)
    >
    > Ahh, nevermind, I just found there is a link on the ASUS web site which
    actually tells me specifically which processors currently
    > released are supported by my motherboard!
    >
    >
    http://www2.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/1,,30_182_869_4348%5e7923,00.html?1091063312
    >
    > Here is the info for the A7V333-X motherboard:
    > http://www2.amd.com/us-en/recmobo/DetailHandler/1,,,00.html?queryID=68047
    >
    > I also found a nice chart with all the real processor frequencies on the
    AMD site:
    >
    http://139.95.253.214/SRVS/CGI-BIN/WEBCGI.EXE/,/?St=1,E=0000000000175480378,K=1368,Sxi=4,Case=obj(1224)
    >
    > Thanks,
    > David Holcomb

    It looks like FSB333 support is there with rev 2.01 motherboard.
    Check the rev number on the motherboard, to see what is officially supported.
    http://www.asus.com.tw/support/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx

    As for overheat protection, one Asus scheme uses the thermal diode on the
    processor, and an eight pin monitoring chip, to detect processor overheat.
    Since the temp can shoot up so fast on the processor die, the on-die
    diode is the best you can do in terms of measuring the temperature. The
    eight pin monitoring chip doesn't require software or a BIOS function to
    shutdown.

    There was a transition period, from motherboards with no thermal protection,
    then maybe a motherboard or two were made with temperature monitoring that
    required processor intervention, and finally processor independent methods
    were developed. Even today, not all Asus boards use the same method for
    solving this problem (i.e. they don't all use an eight pin chip specifically
    designed to detect overheat).

    Paul
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