What's the fastest Socket A processor ever made?

  NinkyRudes 13:03 24 Mar 05

Sorry folks, I'm being really lazy here (surfing is hard here @ work - PC Advisor doesn't reflect too badly!) but could someone tell me the answer to the question above? There are no other restrictions in place (new mobo), but I am aware that since AMD dropped the 'old' Athlon XP for the 64, it has become hard to find high-end socket A chips.

P.S. The PC in question currently runs an XP 2400+ @ 2GHz, but the mobo is top end.

  TomJerry 13:11 24 Mar 05

your current CPU use FSB 266MHz, new and faster socket A use FSB 333MHz or 400MHz, check your mainboard to see what FSB it support first

this is your "top end" socket A CPU

AMD Athlon XP3200+ 400mhz FSB 512 L2 Cache Barton CPU - OEM click here

  NinkyRudes 13:32 24 Mar 05

Thanks for your rapid response.

Not at home this minute, but I think the mobo supports all these FSBs. If it only goes up to 266 or 333 (unlikely, it is a brand new model w/ PC3200 RAM etc), how does that affect the top-end chips available to me?

Please don't bust a gut looking, I'm just being lazy!

  NinkyRudes 13:50 24 Mar 05

I have done a little research and discovered that the board is in fact a JETWAY V600/DAP - hardly cutting edge. It does support 400MHz FSB, according to the technical info on the manufacturer's website:

Support Socket-A for AMD Athlon /Duron TM uni-proccessor at 266/333/400MHz Front Side Bus with double data rate
VIA Apollo KT600 System controller and VT8237 High Bandwidth Vlink Client South Bridge
Support ATA133
Support USB 2.0
Support 4-Channel Speaker
Extend AGP Slot Support 8X AGP
Support 2.5V DDR266/DDR333/DDR400 DDR SDRAM
On Board LAN (V600DAP Only)
PC'99 Ready & PC'99 Colorful I/O Ports Design
Support USB Controller & PS/2 Mouse , Standard IR (infrared) Function
Provide extra " three-wire" fans connectors
Frequency Magic Setting
PC Health Monitoring On Post Screen
Magic Install
BIOS Auto Detect CPU voltage
Y2K Compliant
ACPI Supporting For OS Directed Power Management

My final questions are: what is double data rate referring to in the first line? And does anyone know what Frequency Magic setting does? Sorry to change the theme of the thread, but I'm not THAT bothered about these questions. Cheers.

  NinkyRudes 15:02 24 Mar 05

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