Substituting Gigabyte or Asus MB for Intel

  Catastrophe 06:43 07 Jul 2010

I have some problems with my old Intel mb in one PC, such as prinary IDE not working and one or two other problems. I have the Gigabyte and Asus MBs spare and wonder whether I could substitute either using same CPU and RAM. I have summarised the CPU and memory info from their manuals.

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP
Socket478 FC-PGA2 P4
Northwood, Prescott
P4 with HT techno logy
P4 800/533/400 FSB
Chipset 875P

Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeronwith speeds up to 3.6+GHz
New power design supports next generation Intel Prescott CPU
Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading technology
FSB 800/533/400 MHz
Intel 848P MCH Intel ICH5

Intel® Pentium® 4 processor in an mPGA-478 socket
533/400 MHz system bus
Intel® 845GV chipset

Gigabyte GA-8KNXP
6 184-pin DDR DIMM socketsSupports only 2.5V DDR DIMM
up to 4GB DRAM (Max)

2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM sockets
for up to 2GB memory
Supports PC3200/PC2700/PC2100 unbuffered

Two 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM sockets, 2.5 V
Supports up to 2 GB of system memory with DIMMs utilizing 512 Mbit
??Support for DDR333/266/200 MHz DIMMs
Supports up to 2 GB of system memory with DIMMs utilizing 512 Mbittechnology DRAM devices

Any comments greatly appreciated.


  Catastrophe 18:04 11 Jul 2010

Let me rephase the question/.

For all we non-experts, if it fits, is it OK?

If a P4 fits is that OK?

If the RAM fits, will it work,

Assuming NO FORCE i.e., ZIF

Is this the criterion?


  sherwoodsolns 18:13 11 Jul 2010

Fairly easy I think: consult the manuals for the substitue MB's and if the socket 478 will take an intel cpu and the memory is compatible with the Mb then all other peripherals should slot in and the machine should run ok. the only issue really is the cpu and ram. ZIF doesn't come into it if the socket is compatible then the cpu will fit - only the heatsink/fan may have issues locating on the MB. If ram is listed PC2100, Pc3200 etc and it is not above the limits for the MB then it will work. BIOS may need the settings checking, but will auto detect the changed cpu and ram.

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