CPU Socket Changing

February 23, 2009 at 16:46:03
Specs: Windows XP
Does getting a (478 to 775 Adapter) for CPUs affect performance at all? I have a
P4 Hyper-Threading. I wanna upgrade my motherboard. And there is this bare-bones kit on www.geeks.com. With a newer Intel board but its 775 and I have 478. So will the adapted effect anything at all.

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February 23, 2009 at 17:24:45
The P4 is not a good CPU & never was. If you're gonna get a new board, get a new CPU to go with it. And here's a couple suggestions for picking the board...stay away from boards based on VIA or SIS chipsets, & do not get a board made by Intel unless you have no intentions of overclocking.

If the following is the kit you're talking about, you may wanna reconsider...BTX?? You're digging yourself into a hole with that setup. Besides the backwards BTX format, the 250W power supply is inadequate & the motherboard is based on an old chipset.


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February 23, 2009 at 23:02:12
An adaptor may reduce system stability. Socket adaptors lengthen the path between the processor and northbridge. In electronics, the farther that electricity has to travel, the more likely that certain signals will get lost along the way.

If you have a good motherboard, the socket adaptor shouldn't cause any trouble. However, if you have a crappy board that's flaky to begin with, a socket adaptor may not be a good idea.

I used to install plenty of FC-PGA to FC-PGA2 adaptors back in the day. ECS boards didn't seem to like them one bit, but they worked fine on Asus boards. However, the boards I worked with were Pentium III boards that had single data rate processor buses. The P4 uses a quad-pumped bus that runs at a much higher speed. The higher the bus speed, the more prone it is to signal loss.

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