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New Processors On Old Boards: Adapters From Upgradeware for Socket 370 and Socket 423
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Hardware
CPUs Intel Pentium 4 - 2000 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)
Intel Celeron - 1300 MHz
Motherboards
Pentium III Upgrade Platform ABit BD6-II, i440BX Chipset
Pentium III Platform Asus TUSL2-C, i815EPT Chipset
Pentium 4 Upgrade Platform Asus P4T, i850 Chipset
Pentium 4 Platform Asus P4B266
RAM
Pentium III Platform 2x 128 MB PC133 SDRAM, Infineon, CL2
Pentium 4 Platform 4 x 128 MB PC800 RDRAM, Samsung, or
2x 256 MB PC266 DDR-SDRAM, Infineon CL2
Other Hardware
Graphics Card nVIDIA GeForce 3, 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Hard Drive IBM Deskstar 75 GXP, DTLA307030
30 GB, UATA/100, 7,200 rpm
Drivers & Software
Chipset Driver 3.20.1008
Graphics Driver nVIDIA Detonator 30.82
DirectX Version 8.1
OS Windows XP, Version 5.10.2600
Benchmarks & Settings
Quake III Arena Retail Version 1.16
command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0
Graphics detail set to 'Normal'
Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
MPEG-4 Encoding Flask X4.5
DivX Codec 5.02
Sysmark 2001 Patch 3
Lame Lame 3.89 MMX, SSE, SSE 2, 3DNow
WinACE 2.04, 178 MB Wave file, best compression, Dictionary 4096 kB
Unreal Tournament Patch 4.26
UTBENCH.DEM

Benchmark Results

As there was limited time available for this test, we only put the Socket 478 through the complete benchmark suite. We examined the system with the Socket 370 adapter only for stability. It was revealed here that the Pentium III architecture is entirely unproblematic. Even with the simple processor cooler included in the adapter package, there was nothing remarkable to report in the two benchmark tests we ran under SYSmark, with the notable exception of the high performance ratings provided by the Celeron 1300 on old systems.

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