Is Athlon XP 3000+ compatible with GA-7VAXP m/b?

  john74 02:28 18 May 2004

Currently have an Athlon XP 2200+ processor running on a Gigabyte GA-7VAXP motherboard. I would like to upgrade to an XP 3000+ but need to know if it will be compatible. Updated BIOS is available for Barton Athlon support, but CPU compatibility table on Gigabyte's website was confusing - XP 2800+ seems to be ok but there was no answer either way regarding the 3000+

Would be grateful for any advice

  mrdsgs 13:21 18 May 2004


  TomJerry 13:40 18 May 2004

Yes, Gigabit does not say if it is supported. Maybe it did not test it. Personally, I would not risk it and the performance betwwen 2800 and 3000 is really not much. I doubt if you could notice any difference.

Theoretically, it should be possible because front bus frquency of the board can go up to 200MHZ and both 3000 and 2800 use 166MHZ (or 333=2x166).

  TomJerry 13:46 18 May 2004

There are two versions of 3000, one use 200 (or 400=200x2) MHZ frequency and another use 166 (or 333=166x2) MHZ frequency.

  john74 18:46 18 May 2004

Thanks for the advice guys. I remain confused, as I have now had a reply from Gigabyte telling me that M/B does support the XP 3000+, but not elaborating on why there is no "OK" for this processor in the compatibility table.

I'm keen to get the 3000+ if possible, as the price difference between it and XP 2800+ is only £20, but as you say it does seem a risk and maybe the XP 2800+ would be safer.

Only concern I have with the XP 2800+ is that it runs at a slower clock rate (2.08GHz) than the XP 2700+ (2.16Ghz). I know it has 512KB L2 Cache instead of the 256 with the thoroughbred XPs, but could it be outperformed by the 2700+ in some uses?

I particularly concerned about gaming performance with a non-overclocked system.

Would be grateful for any further advice

  john74 18:48 18 May 2004

I know there are 2 versions of the XP 3000+. I was interested in the 333 FSB one, as this board definitely won't take the 400 FSB version. If it did I'd be considering the XP 3200+

  Mister Splendid 19:00 18 May 2004

The larger cache will make tthe 2800+ faster than the 2700+ inspite of the slightly slower clock speed. As for 2800+ or 3000+, you would need to run benchmarks to tell the difference. Similarly you would have to do the same to tell the difference between 2700+ and 2800+.

  Gaz 25 19:10 18 May 2004

I tried a 3000+ in that board, works but it isnt detected. You need a BIOS update, which allows it to work.

However its the 333 FSB version, since this board doesnt accept 400FSB.

Good luck.

  TomJerry 19:18 18 May 2004

For example, Intel Centrio Porcessor with 1MB cache. A Centrio 1.6GHZ is compareable with a P4 2.4GHz and easily beat Celeron 2.7GHz.

So, AMD Barton run faster than Thoroughbred at the same clock frequency.

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