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Thread: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

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    Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    I have an old P3 'board with a lowly 500mhz P3 processor. I'm struggling to find any documentation for the board so wondered whether I would harm the board if I just tried plugging in a 1ghz P3 processor? Given they're only a few quid I'm happy to have it blow up but I don't really want to damage the 'board. Any thoughts?

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    This will not end well.
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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Quote Originally Posted by format View Post
    This will not end well.
    Come on, where's your sense of adventure!

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    go for it! do it! it'll all be fine. and if it isn't, i didn't say anything

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    The worse that will probably happen is the CPU won't run at full speed or the machine will fail to start or crash.
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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Quote Originally Posted by shaithis View Post
    The worse that will probably happen is the CPU won't run at full speed or the machine will fail to start or crash.
    That's what I thought - now to ebay to see how cheap I can get one..

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Unlikely to damage mobo (or processor) worst case is that it wont work at all. Worth a punt.
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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Please send pics of the charred remains of your house.
    Or screenshots of cpuz!

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    At worst it just won't post.
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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Quote Originally Posted by lego batman View Post
    Please send pics of the charred remains of your house.
    Or screenshots of cpuz!
    ..! I shall be doing some thorough testing with a fire alarm nearby.

    Before I start Googling, any quick recommendations for something to max out the cpu and generate some heat?

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    If it's a pentium 3.. watch a youtube video

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    ive done it...but i had a board with a 600mhz cpu in it, i got a 1.2ghz cpu to work in it i cant see it not working...
    Quote Originally Posted by TAKTAK View Post
    It was so small that mine wouldn't fit into it

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Intel Burn Test produces the most heat out of any stress-test program I know. I get about 20 degrees hotter than prime!

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    Quote Originally Posted by lego batman View Post
    Intel Burn Test produces the most heat out of any stress-test program I know. I get about 20 degrees hotter than prime!
    Sounds great - thanks

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    UPDATE : Quite dull really, no fire, no bang, just didn't do anything, not even a POST, didn't even get warm. FSB speed too high for board.

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    Re: Effect of putting unsupported processor in Mobo?

    It was never going to make the board explode - the 1GHz CPUs actually have a TDP that is *lower* than the original 500MHz PIIIs. The chips went from 0.25micron 512KB half speed L2 cache to 0.18 micron 256KB 'advanced transfer cache' full speed L2 cache.

    I'm not surprised the FSB is too high though - the 100FSB PIII chips were quite rare. I still have one (sold the other on ebay) and ran a dual 1GHz system with 2GB RAM (or was it 1GB?) for years. The 440GX chipset was pretty fabby - supported everything from ancient PII systems all the way up to 1GHz P3s. The SECC2 processor cartridge was a bit nasty though.

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