My sister is looking to upgrade her Athlon XP 1900 CPU. What is more important FSB speed, L2 Cache size or the actual speed of the CPU
Important in what respect - speed or compatibility?Compatibility with the motherboard is your top priority - you might find this useful; click here
Sorry I should have said. In respect of speed. I understand about compatibility.
The most important is the processors `rated` speed, If you're trying to decide between a 333mhz FSB Barton and a 266mhz FSB Thunderbird at the same rated speed go for the Barton (assuming you have memory installed that is as fast or faster).
So there is a big difference between 266 and 333FSB then. What about L2 cache? Is there a lot of difference between 256k and 512k?
Just go by the rated speed. Basically, faster and bigger is better with Socket A Athlons, but the same is not true of all processor architectures.
Details of Socket A (462) Athlon XP processors can be found at:click hereI have the last of the Athlon XPs, a Barton core 2.2GHz 3200+, with 400MHz FSB - it's matched with an MSI KT6V LSR motherboard (MSI 7021) and still serves my needs pretty well.
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