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Ed White
Posted on Saturday, January 6, 2001 - 12:24 pm:   

I have an Amptron PII-3300 rev 2.1 Motherboard (I don't know if it is an A Or a B version, which is supposed to designate INTEL or VIA chips sets, (according to Amptron), but they have not told me how to find this info. There is no info on Amptrons Web Site for this board & they haven't told me a lot I need to know) that's why I am asking here. The other info I know for this board is as follows:

Pentium II & Celeron
(66MHz & 100MHz Base Frequency)
AGP, PCI, Ultra DMA/33 & Built-in 3D Sound
Intel i440BX AGPset Chipset System Board
I am not sure what type of CPU Slot it is, but I think it is a Slot 1. It is very long & has 2 sections of pins one is long & the other is short.

I want to upgrade this board to the best & fastest CPU I can.

I also want to know if I need to upgrade the BIOS & if so how do I do that & how careful do I need to be? I've never been into my BIOS, yet!

How can I tell if this board is running at 66 or 100MHz Bus speed & how do I change it from one to the other?

Can I overclock with this board & if so which CPU would do this best & how do I do that or where do I get the info to do it?

Thanks to anyone with any answers.
Ed White
Posted on Sunday, January 7, 2001 - 10:21 pm:   

I took a look at Amptron's site, there isn't much solid info on that board. It looks to me like you have the "A" model. There is a bios update available, but flashing is a tricky business that can render your board useless. You might want to have a more knowledgeable person walk you through it the first time...

Chances are you can run most if not all of the PII processors, and Celerons up to 433 Mhz.
The PII's are more stable and have fewer "bugs" (look at Intel's site for more on this), while the Celerons are less expensive, have a smaller L2 cache, and are overclockable. Generally speaking, at a given clock rating, the PII is the "better" processor, but the Celeron gives you more bang for the buck. If you are mostly into gaming and web browsing, the Celeron is going to be fine, but if you need super stability and error free operation, go with the PII.

This board has jumperless CPU setup. This means that that you can set the CPU speed from bios setup. If you have a processor you can stick in there temporarily, you can go into bios and see what bus speed and multiplier settings are available. Again, you might want to get a friend to help you out here. Or at least make sure you have another working machine so you can repost here if you get in trouble...

Download the manual, and poke around in the bios setup a little bit. E-mail me if you have more specific questions.
peter barnard
Posted on Friday, January 12, 2001 - 2:29 pm:   

You can get a small adaptor for the slot, which will allow you to run socket 370 cpu's in the board, and all of intel's latest are in the socket 370 standard. i belive all the celeron processers will run, and the pentium 3's that have an E postfix to thier name. avoid cyrix processers, there are very low performance. I would encourage you to take a look in the bios, press delete as you are booting to load the setup program. Take a look around, but select "abandon changes and exit" when you are done, then nothing can go wrong. Do check with whoever is selling that the cpu is suitiable, because if it is incompatible you may get stung with handling charges when you return it. If you feel happy with changing a motherboard, or have a friend who is, you may find that a socket A motherboard and a duron processer will be cheaper than an intel cpu alone.

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