Does anyone know what the socket for Pentium I is? I can't put a new processor in a Pentium I motherboard, can I? I don't want my PentiumI 133 Mhz! I must upgrade it but I don't know how!
well depending on your system manufacture date you actually do have a few options. You can probably get up to 233 which isn't much of an improvement over what you have, or you can buy one of these overdrive cards. There are a few of those floating around, but the sad fact is that you can buy a low end system for near the price of one of these since they are no longer made.
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This'll give you an idea of what is available to you. You won't get to current speeds, but you'll be able to get somewhere in the 400-600 mhz speed range if you are lucky.
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The Pentium 133 could use either Socket 5 or Socket 7. The Pentium MMX was supposed to be "Socket 7" but would fit socket 5.
Depends on your board. Even the oldest Socket 5 boards would support a Pentium 233 MMX. You see, the 1.5x and 3.5x multiplier were the same, so if your board has no 3.5x or higher multiplier, you can use 1.5x to get to 233. In other words, if no 233 setting is available, the 100 setting will make 233 with the 233 CPU.
The 233MMX was a 2.8v CPU. If you don't have core voltage adjustments below 3.3v, you can "overvolt" a 233MMX to 3.3v as long as you use a fan cooler without fear of killing it.
If your board supports voltages of 2.8v or less, you can probably use a K6-2 400. This CPU treats the 2x multiplier as 6x, so the 133 setting becomes 400.
If you really don't know what board you have, you can grab the BIOS ID at bootup and go to <A HREF="http://www.wimsbios.com" target="_new">http://www.wimsbios.com</A> to look up the board model.
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