View Full Version : How long will 266MHz bus frequency processors be about?
01-25-2003, 07:24 PM
I have become quite attached to my motherboard but it only takes processors of up to 266MHz FSB or bus frequency. I'm going to get a processor upgrade in a few months time (like the Athlon XP 2400+ 2GHz 266MHz FSB) and need to know if they'll still be around then.
01-25-2003, 07:58 PM
>I have become quite attached to
>my motherboard but it only
>takes processors of up to
>266MHz FSB or bus frequency.
>I'm going to get a
>processor upgrade in a few
>months time (like the Athlon
>XP 2400+ 2GHz 266MHz FSB)
>and need to know if
>they'll still be around then.
I wouldn't bet on it,my guess is AMD is phasing them out quickly. Once the existing supply is gone its gone. They'll still make the slower 266 CPU's-- XP2000/XP2100.
If you want one you'll need to buy now or in the near future. Better make sure your Mobo will recognize a XP 2400. Most will,some won't but it usually takes a BIOS upgrade if your board is a year or so old.
01-25-2003, 08:04 PM
BIOS upgrade? I'll need to learn how to do that for the XP 2400+. Mind you I might play safe all round and get the XP 2000 or something, it would be cheaper, if a bit slower. My processor is an Athlon 1GHz, it still might be worth upgrading to the XP 2000 for FS2004 and the like.
Thanks for the info.
01-25-2003, 08:49 PM
>BIOS upgrade? I'll need to learn
>how to do that for
>the XP 2400+. Mind you
>I might play safe all
>round and get the XP
>2000 or something, it would
>be cheaper, if a bit
>slower. My processor is an
>Athlon 1GHz, it still might
>be worth upgrading to the
>XP 2000 for FS2004 and
>Thanks for the info.
What I would do is wait until Sept/Oct and replace your mobo and CPU. By then the price will be down on the XP2700 and XP2800,put in an ASUS A7N8X mobo and you won't have to worry about flashing the BIOS. Those CPU's and the ASUS mobo will be alot cheaper in six months. I've got a homebuilt computer that will be a year old in Sept and I'm already looking to up grade the mobo and CPU--I know, its an addiction....
01-25-2003, 08:58 PM
When you upgrade a mobo couldn't there incompatibilites with existing equipment like USB, AGP and soundcard versions. I'd like to get a new mobo with new RAM and CPU but I'm scared of incompatibility outside of these.
01-25-2003, 10:23 PM
The only possible issue I can see would be if you tried to install an AGP 8x card like a GeForce FX or Radeon 9700 Pro onto a new 8x board. The R9700 Pro especially has had some issues with the new 8x boards. Not everyone has these problems, but some do. You don't have an AGP 8x card in that old 1Ghz Athlon anyway. You've got 4x at the most, possibly only 2x.
All my old (2.5 years) hardware (video card, sound card, modem and CD-RW) worked just fine after my upgrade 4 months ago. Now I've got new video and sound cards and I've had no problems with either.
MSI KT3 Ultra Motherboard
512 MB Crucial PC2100 DDR
OC Systems Enhanced GeForce 4 Ti4200 64 MB DDR o/ced to 325/630 Mhz.
Sound Blaster Live! 5.1
Think you've got computer problems? You haven't until you've installed the latest version of FS!
01-25-2003, 10:38 PM
Do like im dooing, pop $125.00 on a new Abit or ASUS Nforce2 motherboard which are backwords compatable with the 266CPU's and will support the new 333's as well. It will also take all the DDR speeds so you can upgrade RAM as you see fit. They also have AGP8X and alot of other spiffs that are not on the 266 boards like SATA150 Raid, onboard sound, and LAN.
I'm buying an Abit Nforce2 and Corsair 400mhz DDR to use with my XP2100 untill the 333's drop in price a little more.
01-26-2003, 10:14 AM
< All my old (2.5 years) hardware (video card, sound card, modem and CD-RW) worked just fine after my (mobo) upgrade >
Did you have to do mobo compatibility checks with the equipment above before upgrading or is that not really required. I still want to use a Hercules Prophet 64MB RAM with AGP 2x so I'm all right there, but others who want to upgrade to an AGP 8x video card had better be careful though.
Thanks for the info.
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