New Processors On Old Boards: Adapters From Upgradeware for Socket 370 and Socket 423

Test Setup

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CPUsIntel Pentium 4 - 2000 MHz (400 MHz QDR FSB)Intel Celeron - 1300 MHz
Pentium III Upgrade PlatformABit BD6-II, i440BX Chipset
Pentium III PlatformAsus TUSL2-C, i815EPT Chipset
Pentium 4 Upgrade PlatformAsus P4T, i850 Chipset
Pentium 4 PlatformAsus P4B266
Pentium III Platform2x 128 MB PC133 SDRAM, Infineon, CL2
Pentium 4 Platform4 x 128 MB PC800 RDRAM, Samsung, or2x 256 MB PC266 DDR-SDRAM, Infineon CL2
Other Hardware
Graphics CardnVIDIA GeForce 3, 64 MB DDR-SDRAM
Hard DriveIBM Deskstar 75 GXP, DTLA30703030 GB, UATA/100, 7,200 rpm
Drivers & Software
Chipset Driver3.20.1008
Graphics DrivernVIDIA Detonator 30.82
DirectX Version8.1
OSWindows XP, Version 5.10.2600
Benchmarks & Settings
Quake III ArenaRetail Version 1.16command line = +set cd_nocd 1 +set s_initsound 0Graphics detail set to 'Normal'Benchmark using 'Q3DEMO1'
MPEG-4 EncodingFlask X4.5DivX Codec 5.02
Sysmark 2001Patch 3
LameLame 3.89 MMX, SSE, SSE 2, 3DNow
WinACE2.04, 178 MB Wave file, best compression, Dictionary 4096 kB
Unreal TournamentPatch 4.26UTBENCH.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.