EPOX EP-3VBA upgrade

By stipan
Dec 1, 2003
  1. Hello, I have an Epox EP 3VBA Socket 370 motherboard and I’d like to upgrade my current CPU (Celeron 400) to a higher Celeron.
    The MB manufacturer’s site is not too helpful as the CPU compatibility list mentions a much older BIOS version and PCB revision number.

    Motherboards.org has a few clues but I’m not sure what to do. http://www.motherboards.org/biosup/p/EP-3VBA/1050.html
    Bios file name: 6vba0913.exe
    Some key sentences for more recent bios upgrades: Added support for Intel Celeron 566 & 600 MHz and higher. *Actual CPU support varies for models.
    Compatible with EP-693A model.

    Another website mentions that the motherboard can support 533-800 Mhz Intel Celerons. http://www.kahlon.com/rn23394_Epox_EP-3VBA.html

    How high can I go?

    Other specs for the MB:
    PCB revision no. 6.0
    AWARD BIOS v.4.51 PG
    Bios Date 09/13/2000

    Chipset: Via Apollo Pro
    66/100 FSB

    Thank you.
  2. somekid007

    somekid007 TS Rookie Posts: 271

    because it supports 100mhz fsb, i reckon u can go for a 1.4ghz tualtin celeron, priced at $75canadian. via c3 is also a choice as is the celeron. however, given the specs of your system, it may bottleneck the performance of the new cpu. you best bet is to save up a few bucks and buy yourself a decent system.
  3. stipan

    stipan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The motherboard doesn't support the Tualatin core. Also, the motherboard supports PPGA and hopefully FCPGA processors but not FCPGA-2.
    The newest BIOS version has microcodes for the Coppermine core but I'm not sure how high I can go there. (Coppermine core runs from 533-1.1 Ghz approximately). The highest clock multiplier is 8 so I suppose a relatively safe bet would be to go with a Celeron 800 (8x100). I would like to go a little higher, 1Ghz perhaps as it is possible that the CPU will ignore the jumpers I set and run at its own default speed.
    I am basically answering my own question in case someone else is looking for an answer. I would still appreciate any suggestions.
  4. NoisySilence

    NoisySilence TS Rookie Posts: 98

    Try to get a Powerleap adapter. It could allow you to use a Tualatin CPU even though your bpard doesn't support it.

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