Hi, does anyone know what is the best processor this Motherboard can support ?
(I am getting conflicting information here i.e. One store says the best CPU I can use is a AMD T-Bird Athlon 1.4 (This I know is true), while another store says "Yeah, you cant use a Athlon XP BUT, it can use the new Duron's.
Is the second statement true ? and if so, what would be the better upgrade ?
You might find this interesting. I recently stumbled upon the Website of a guy named Wes Newell (I think). I lost the link but fortunately I saved the information. I hope he doesn't mind me quoting him.
I want to find that webpage again because Wes also describes how to install XP2400+ (and later CPUs) on KT133A motherboards.
Anyway, here's the info. Thank you Wes.
<i>KT133 Chipsets and Athlon XP CPU's
A couple of us have put Athlon 1600+ XP CPU's (Palimino core)in our old Abit KT7 boards (with KT133 (non A) chipsets. First, they ran fine at 1050mhz. That is the default for a 1600+ XP running on a 100mhz fsb. The multiplier is locked at 10.5xFSB. On an XP approved machine with a 133mhz FSB it normally runs at 1400mhz (10.5x133). But since the older KT133 chipsets 133mhz fsb doesn't work like it was supposed to, we're limited to a base 100mhz fsb. First attempt was to unlock the cpu and try and change the multiplier in the bios. That did not work. I could take the multiplier down now, but not up. This was with the 64 bios. It may be different with other versions. You can try it if want. ymmv. So then I went and scraped the L1 bridges back off the cpu to lock it back and proceeded to change the locked value on the cpu. This process was MUCH easier than it had been to put the 5 bridges across the L1 contacts. To be a little conserviative, I chose to lock it at 16x. This would give me a 1600mhz machine or the equivalent of a 1900+ cpu. And I new that I could get the FSB to run at 116, so that's another 256mhz I could go up if I wanted to, or the equivalent of a 2300+, which I was pretty sure it wouldn't do. Warning. DOn't cut to deep when cutting traces. It doesn't take much. I made a big gouge in the first one I did. Didn't matter, but the trace is just underneath the surface. you can see it if you look hard enough. All done, install it and boot. The darn thing comes up running at 1840mhz. Yes 1840, and it's fast as h*ll, but freezes shortly after booting. I reboot and get back into the bios. The multiplier is still at 10.5 from when I had it set earlier, so I change it to 1200 and above and reboot. This time it boots up at 1600 and everything looks ok. So I reboot again this time it comes up at 1650, and all boots [ast this come up at 1650mhz. Hmm.. Oh, well. So I play with the FSB just a little and get it running stable at 1766mhz. All's fine. I set it back down to 100mhz fsb and let it run a few hours. No problems. Go to bed happy about 4AM.:-) Next day I move the cpu into the machine I normally use (another KT7-raid) and boot it. This time setting the bios to =>1300 or something like that before I shut it down with the old cpu in it. Stange, but although both have the same bios, the other machine showed only 12 and above. Nothing with 1300 in it. So reboot again expecting to see 1600mhz again. Wrong. It's now at 1650mhz. Basically did the same thing the other machine did. Started first time at 1600, then jumped to 1650. And now the 1300 reference in the bios is gone, just like the other machine. So, just let me say that there are some bios issues at play here. As I said, both these machines have the 64 bios from Nov. 2001 I think. With other bios things might be different. Fast Eddy set his to 1600 too and it came up defaulted to 1700. I'm pretty sure he had a different bios version then I do. I'm not worried about it, just thought I'd let you know in case you see some strange behavior. Almost forgot. Heres' some links to read if your considering using an XP on a KT133 chipset machine. Shouldn't matter who made it.
These links should help you with modifying the cpu and determining the how to modify the multiplier.