If I needed to, could I run the AMD Athlon XP 3200+ at a 333 MHz or lower FSB. I know... whats the point in getting one if you don't use it at 400 MHz, but I like to know the product before I get it. It is advertized only as 400 FBS as opposed to earlier models being advertized as 333/166/133 MHz. Would the 3200+ be able to clock the FSB back?
As no-one else has suggested it, how about just buying an XP-mobile chip? They run at a lower bus by default (133), but I've never heard of anyone <i>not</i> being able to really easily exceed XP3200+ speeds with a XP-M 2500+ or 2600+ chip.
It would cost less;
Would have an unlocked multiplier so at 166 you'd be able to keep the speed up;
it would likely require less voltage at a given clockspeed, therefore less heat;
it would almost certainly overclock more (if you're at all interested).
Personally, I think you'd have to be nuts to buy a Desktop 3200+ over a Mobile XP.
There are 3000+ bartons that work on a 166/333 fsb, 2166 Mhz. I know, I have one. They are unlocked downwards only, which is cool since my motherboard can handly 200/400 fsb, so using a lower multiplier it overclocks effortlessly to 3200+ and beyond.
As someone else pointed out, if you buy a 3200+ (400 fsb) and run it on a 333 motherboard, you're wasting your money.
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