Upgrading CPU for Acer T120

  Furkin 12:22 27 Jul 06

Basic question i'm afraid.
I want to 'up' my standard Acer Aspire T120. I have a gig of RAM, so am looking at a better CPU to replace the AMD Athlon 2400+.

1/ Is there a company (similar to Crucial) who do Ultimate chips for each machine by make/model ?
2/ If not, where is the best place to go ?
3/ What is the biggest/fastest item that I can use ?
4/ Is it just a matter of replacing the old one & wallah ? (or does anything need setting up etc ?)
thanks all

  Stuartli 12:27 27 Jul 06

Depends on the motherboard - the make and model can be found in System Summary in System Information (Start>Accessories>System Tools>System Information).

  Furkin 12:32 27 Jul 06

Hi Stuartli,
thanks for a speedy reply.
Is this the info' that I/you need ?

System Manufacturer VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model Aspire T120
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 6 Model 10 Stepping 0 AuthenticAMD ~1992 Mhz

  Furkin 14:00 27 Jul 06

,,,, have just downloaded sandra,,, so can tell you more,,,, if you tell me what you ned to know,,,

  Stuartli 14:03 27 Jul 06

IIRC this Acer model came with either an AMD or Intel processor, so you may get more information from SiSandra on the motherboard's model number.

  ed-0 14:04 27 Jul 06

that referers to the motherboard chipset and your cpu, so no.

Download siw click here. Look under motherboard for make and model ( think it may be a kt400 ) click here

  ed-0 14:45 27 Jul 06

Sorry it should be, I think it may be a KM400 chipset.

  Furkin 15:09 27 Jul 06

thanks all,
got SIW -->
This certainly shows KM400,,,,, for some reason I can't copy/paste to this message !

Chipset Vendor: VIA Technologies inc
Chipset Model: KM400 cpu to pci bridge
Southbridge: VT8235 pci to isa bridge
SMBus: VIA Technologies inc VT8235 pci to isa bridge @5000h


SiSoftware Sandra gives different details ???

Manufacturer : Elitegroup (ECS)
MP Support : 1 Processor(s)
MPS Version : 1.10
Model : E22M
System BIOS : 11/04/2003-KM400-8235-6A6LYE1BC-00
Chipset : VIA KT400/A, KT600

System Memory Controller
Location : Mainboard
Error Correction Capability : None
Number of Memory Slots : 2
Maximum Installable Memory : 2GB
Bank0/1 - A0 : None None None None DIMM 512MB
Bank2/3 - A1 : None None None None DIMM 512MB

thanks again

  ed-0 15:57 27 Jul 06

Thought it might be a km400;-)

here is the cpu support list for all ECS km400 motherboards. click here The fastest is the barton 3000+ running at 333mhz ( don't mistake it for the 3000+ barton running at 400Mhz)

Although, I think uping it to 3000+ will not make a great deal of diffrence.

  ed-0 16:01 27 Jul 06

and the questions

1) if you wanted a barton 3000+ 333Mhz, you would probably have to get one second hand. Most suppliers don't stock them. They can be expensive.

2)er, thats with one ^^^

3)answered above. ^^^

4) ou need to take the old one out. Clean the heatsink and apply new paste and re-assemble. A simple change in the bios would alter the speed.

  Stuartli 16:54 27 Jul 06

There are Via KT400A and KM400A chipsets.


click here


click here

However, I would think that the KT600 chipset (which I have on my motherboard) was designed for faster Athlon XP CPUs.

This is an interesting read, particularly the reference to the KT400A:

click here

However, as ed-0 says, I don't think you will gain very much if you do use a 3000+ for the majority of use.

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