/ Sign-up
Your question

CPU Upgrade

  • CPUs
  • BIOS
  • Motherboards
Last response: in CPUs
December 5, 2004 1:33:00 AM

I have an older style motherboard ASUS A7V266 and would like to upgrade my CPU, however, the BIOS ver 1011 states the limit of the CPU to use is the XP2600+, my question is can I go to an XP2700+ or higher? I'm curious if the BIOS states the 2600+ as the limit only because it was the fastest XP athlon at the time of the writing of the BIOS. I dont't see much difference in the specs between the 2600 and 2700 and the price and availability on the faster 2700 and up isn't much money. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

More about : cpu upgrade

December 5, 2004 2:13:32 AM

BIOS are routinely updated, and you'll need to flash the BIOS for the lastest version for your MB. Visit <A HREF="" target="_new">Asus Web Site </A> for Asus BIOS flashing info. You didn't post your version of your mb, but you can find the newest BIOS for that model at <A HREF="" target="_new">Asus A7V266</A>. Sometimes, even though though the BIOS may not specify that it supports the next higher cpu, it often will work, but will boot with an 'unknown' cpu.

<font color=green><b><i>Lizards</font color=green></b> do <b>not</b> taste like <b><font color=yellow>chicken</font color=yellow></b>,<b> <font color=yellow>chicken</font color=yellow></b> tastes like <font color=green><b>lizard.</b></font color=green></i>
December 5, 2004 3:50:13 AM

You can use only 266 MHz FSB Athlon XP. 2600+ was the fastest 266 MHz FSB Athlon XP. Now it's very hard to find a 266 MHz FSB 2600+. Current 2600+ and 2700+ have 333 MHz FSB, which are not suitable for your mobo.

<font color=orange><b><A HREF="" target="_new">Rediscover the web</A></b></font color=orange>
Related resources
Can't find your answer ? Ask !
a b V Motherboard
a b à CPUs
December 5, 2004 4:30:15 AM

Spitfire's right. Your board does NOT ACCEPT modern 2600+ CPU's, only the old 266 bus versions. Chances are the fastest 266 bus CPU you'll find is the 2400+

<font color=blue>Only a place as big as the internet could be home to a hero as big as Crashman!</font color=blue>
<font color=red>Only a place as big as the internet could be home to an ego as large as Crashman's!</font color=red>
December 5, 2004 4:37:19 PM

Thanks Guys, I was afraid that I might have overlooked something and apparently the front side bus was it. I did notice that the FSB was spec'd at 333 for the newer chips but I didn't realize the higher FSB would not work in my motherboard. Thanks for help everyone.
December 6, 2004 1:10:51 PM

I have the A7V266-E and had a 1700+. I wanted to upgrade too, but had a hard time finding a 2600+, so I ended up going with the 2400+.

"A delayed game will eventually come out, a bad game is bad forever."
-Shigeru Miyamoto
December 6, 2004 3:52:25 PM

If you can get a XP-M(obile) Barton XP, then they run at 133Mhz/266DDR, plus have an unlocked multiplier. You could probably get one of those up to 3200+ speeds at least, although you may need a BIOS update.

"Sex without love is an empty experience...
But as empty experiences go, it's one of the best" - Woody Allen