Swapping Pentium 4 Processors


I have a Dell Dimension PC with Pentium 4 2.4Ghz processor. I recently acquired a Pentium 4 3.2Ghz processor and wanted to know if I can swap it on to the Dell Dimension motherboard?

Thanks in advance for any advice
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  1. Need more specific info on the your current CPU or motherboard.
    Pentium 4 2.4Ghz could mean either:
    Pentium 4 2.6Ghz Northwood 130NM 1.525V & 58.9W TDP
    Pentium 4 2.6Ghz Prescott 90nm 1.25/1.4V & 89W TDP
    or maybe even something else.

    Pentium 4 3.2Ghz CPU is probably a Prescott. Just need to the motherboard data to be able to check if they work together.

    You can use CPU-z utility program to get the motherboard/mainboard details. Of you can use the Dell support site to find the answer there.
  2. Would it be worth the time changing it out?
  3. jhsong68 said:
    Would it be worth the time changing it out?

    It all depends on two things. One will it even fit in the motherboard and two if its a Pentium 4 3.2ghz with Hyper Threading then yea it would be worth swapping it out.

    I looked on Dells website and it looks to me that it should support any socket 775 Pentium processors so I would definitely swap it out.
  4. Here are some info I got for Pentium 4 3.2Ghz computer. Still have to check the dell. I will provide that information tomorrow.

    Pentium 4 540
    Code name Prescott
    Socket 775GA
    Core V: 1.360
    Multiplier X16
    Bus 200.9Mhz
    Rated FSB: 803.6Mhz
    Chipset i915/i915G
    Southbridge 82801FB
  5. Pentium 4 540 is a Prescott socket 775 (775 pins) CPU.

    More likely than not your Pentium 4 2.4Ghz is a socket 478 (478 pins)CPU.
    If that is the case it's not physically possible use a socket 775 for an upgrade.
    Check the Dell system to confirm that.
  6. The chances are literally 99-1 that what you want to do will not work, even if, by some wild stroke of luck, they are the same socket.
  7. not true. it depends on the socket. if its a s478 then no its probly gonna be a different fsb. but if theyre both lga775 then it might work. you may need a better heatsink tho!
  8. Hello Everyone,

    Just checked the Dell system and it will not be physically possible as the socket is 478
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