Hey...i own the ASUS P2BF. It seems it supports max. the Katmai 600. It´s worth the performance jump from a 350 PII to a 600 Katmai?? Or should i go f. a new board, i would prefer a BX chipset,cause it seems to be very stable...
I just tried to up grade my Packard Bell Platinum 7800 from a p2 350 to a p3 600 on a bx 440 and it needs a different Bios. both were or had a 512 l2 cache and I was told it would work but it shows up in my maitenance program as a p2 500 for some reason and will not run.
My manual saya it is a 440 BX by intel . The Packard Bell Co. says it is a PB870. It is a slot one and the processor is a 600mz 512 L2 100 front side at 2.05 volts not a coppermine and should work but it doesn't . I was told no BIOS update for this model so does any one want a processor cheap lol lol
In order for first generation 440BX to use P3, you must UPGRADE the BIOS, assuming your mobo manufacturer was not lazy to create one. They know they should and if they didn't let me know so that I would remember not to buy them. For reasons like SSE implementation stuff like that.
Then I would not buy a P3-whatever with L2 cahce of 512k because they are external = half CPU speed at 64bit wide. runs at 2V
Buy those with Internal 256K cache because full CPU speed and 256bit wide. runs at 1.5V
Get one of those socket-370 to slot-1 convertor card with voltage controls from 1.5V to 2.0V for overclocking.
the P2B (F) as you designate ..requires only board rev 1.00 and current bios for PIII processors. The original P2B requires a more recent rev and current bios to support PIII processors. The thing that limits BX boards more than a bios upgrade is a voltage regulator than can supply the lower voltage requirements of the PIII processor. Without this, the only way to run one is with an adapter that has it's own VR that takes the voltage from the mb and regulates it. Don't mistake this for the PIII slocket adapters that have jumper settings for PIII voltage. It's different.