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The Best For Freaks: 10 Motherboards using the BX-Chipset

Intel: It's Raining CPUs

Right now, you can chose between five processor types, using three different packages. For beginners, it is not quite easy to get an overview and even some retailers make mistakes when ordering or selling Intel CPUs. The following table includes all available Intel CPUs:

CPUSocketPackageCoreFSBFrequenciesVoltage
Pentium IIISlot 1SECC2Katmai100 or 133 MHz450 to 600 MHz2.00 or 2.05 Volts
Pentium IIISlot 1SECC2Coppermine100 or 133 MHz533 to 1000 MHz1.65 or 1.70 Volts
Pentium IIISocket 370 (PGA370)FC-PGACoppermine100 or 133 MHz500 to 933 MHz1.60 to 1.70 Volts
CeleronSocket 370 (PGA370)PPGAMendocino66 MHz300 to 533 MHz2.0 Volts
CeleronSocket 370 (PGA370)FC-PGACoppermine-12866 MHz533 to 700 MHz1.50 to 1.70 Volts

The newer CPUs with Coppermine core require less core voltage than former models. Thus it's very likely that older motherboards using Slot-1 or Socket 370 don't support Coppermine CPUs, as they cannot provide the required voltage (between 1.5 and 1.7V). This applies both to the Pentium III and the new Celerons. All motherboards in this review are of course able to run both processors, so only the owners of boards, which are more than one year old, need to check the supported voltages.