Can I upgrade my P2 ?

By thom_vee
Sep 29, 2006
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  1. Hi there...
    I ve got a Dell optiplex Gx1 system with a p2 400Mhz processor
    system Information. Im a novice but I get the urge to upgrade it to a faster P3 processor..could someone please advise me is this is possible and what specs should i look out for when purchasing a p3 processor? The more info the better as i`m completely new to this.
    Thanks
    T

    System chip set Intel 440BX PIIX4e
    Data bus width 64 bits
    Address bus width 32 bits
    DMA channels
    seven
    Timers three
    Interrupt levels 15
    Flash EPROM (BIOS) 2 Mb
    BIOS source Dell
    NIC controller chip optional integrated 3ComĀ® PCI 3C905B
    LAN NIC, operating at 10 or 100 Mbps
    I/O controller chip National PC87309

    (more info at http://www.jklmicro.com/images/products/OptiplexGX1.PDF#search=%22Dell%20optiplex%20Gx1%22 )
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Yes, you can put any Slot 1 P3/Celeron in there. 133MHz FSB CPUs will run at 100MHz (1/4 slower).
  3. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    You will not be able to put any tualatin-based CPU in that system unless you get a slotket, but any coppermine-core or mendocino-core would operate just great.

    If you are really lucky, you can get your hands on a socket or slot coppermine p3 1000 with a 100MHz FSB. That'll give you a 1GHz machine, though I wouldn't spend more than $100 on it since the machine itself is so old.


    Often a BIOS that old will not be able to recognize the CPUs properly. Don't worry. So long as it is operating at the proper frequency and the board is able to deliver the lower voltage of the P3, it will work fine.
  4. thom_vee

    thom_vee Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    thnx

    thanks..thats encouraging..i was just having a look on ebay and saw this one
    Intel PIII

    Slot 1 Processor 1GHz (1000MHz)

    1000/256/133/1.7V S1

    SL47S

    With

    FOXCONN Heatsink (P/N: 210720-001 B)

    will it work? and if if it does will it be at 600 mhz as is is a 133.
    Thanks a lot.
  5. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    Provided your board can supply ~1.7V, it should run fine, but yes, it will be operating at 600MHz instead of 1000

    You may be better off looking for a 600MHz or 900MHz Coppermine-based Celeron.
  6. thom_vee

    thom_vee Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    u mean a 100mhz fsb celeron? not many 100mhz ones available on ebay.
    why do u suggest the celerons are better?
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