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January 15, 2003 7:47:16 PM

I need some help! I'm considering upgrading my PIII 650MHz (Compaq Deskpro EN) but I don't know what chipset I've got. There's nothing in the Device manager that'll tell me anything. I read a recent article on THG about upgrading a PIII to 1.4GHz and it mentioned a company called PowerLeap. Does anybody have any experience with them?

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January 15, 2003 11:44:41 PM

How much money do you have to spend?

When you factor in the price of a new p3 1.4 and the adaptor, it's probably just as cheap to get a new Athlon/mb/ram system. If you're limited in funds and want to stay with your current motherboard,then you could get the adaptor and a celeron 1.1 and overclock it to 1.4Ghz.
January 15, 2003 11:49:15 PM

To find your chipset, get SiSoftware Sandra 2003. http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/
This program will tell you what chipset you are using, plus many more other things.
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January 16, 2003 12:05:21 AM

Is the Celeron even comparable to the PIII? Someday I'll build my own system...but not yet. BTW I figgered out my chipset. Its a 443BX (if that even exists).

"Consiousness of the past alone
can make us understand the present" - Herbert Luethy
January 16, 2003 12:19:21 AM

Don't you mean the 440bx? If that's it, you can upgrade easily to a Celeron Tualatin 1400Mhz using a slotkey

Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
January 16, 2003 1:19:18 AM

Excuse me, I did mean the 440BX. is a slotkey the PowerLeap product?

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January 16, 2003 1:26:16 AM

I'm pretty sure it is, I know Crashman has a bunch of them. If you PM him, you could probably buy one from him cheaply. You just plug it into the Slot1, and you get a socket 370, tualatin compatible (except with a 100Mhz bus unless you overclock)

Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
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January 16, 2003 8:31:35 AM

You don't need the Powerleap adapter, it's too expensive. Your board already has a Coppermine, so you know it supports low voltages. You can get an Upgradeware Slot-T adapter for $20. That's about $50 less than a Powerleap adapter, when you figure in the cost of processors.

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