Upgrading AMD Athlon XP 2000+

Compaq / 6410nx
March 6, 2009 at 18:48:51
Specs: Windows XP
I Have a Compaq Presario 6410NX with a FIC AM-37 mobo. It has Phoenix Award BIOS core v6.00PG, BIOS rev. 3.08, date 12/16/2002. It currently has an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ CPU, 266 FSB. I would like to replace it with an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ Thoroughbred CPU, 266 FSB for added speed. Can anyone foresee any problems in doing so and will I have to update the BIOS? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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#1
March 6, 2009 at 22:12:34
"Can anyone foresee any problems in doing so..."

Likely no real problems with bios but why? You really won't notice a difference in the machine's performance. Sure, the 2400+ is 330 odd Mhz faster but you'll have to run a benchmark comparison between the two to see a difference. Your eyes, mind, mouse, and mother-in-law won't.

Are you trying to meet minimum requirements for a program or game...or just want a little faster?

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#2
March 7, 2009 at 07:25:20
Yep, I agree with Skip. I doubt YOU would notice any difference...the benchmark numbers will improve, but the user experience will stay virtually the same. If you're getting the CPU for $10 or better yet, free, by all means, install it. But if it's costing you more than that, it's not worth it. RAM *may* be a better investment. XP needs at least 512MB to run well, if you have less than that, adding memory will improve performance much more than a new CPU.

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#3
March 7, 2009 at 10:55:53
My upgrade was from a Duron 1300 to a 2400+ Tbred B.

That sound like an impressive upgrade? I'd guess a perceived performance increase of 20-30% at most. Most of that would have been due to the increased L2 cache and fsb; only a small part to the 700Mhz processor speed increase.

You're not helping out the L2 cache or fsb...only increasing the raw speed by 333Mhz.

I can tell you that increasing memory from 512 to 768Mb will make a big difference running XP. If you do, in fact, need more memory, that would be the area to concentrate on.

Another good point made by jam is the cost of upgrading. 10 bucks would be my limit here too. You can get that much back for your 2000+.

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#4
March 7, 2009 at 15:26:59
Thank you very much for the insight, much appreciated. I'll probably increase my system's RAM, ride it out for a few months and look into a Quad Core system.

Thanks again!


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