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+
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).
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.
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+.