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I've been swapping from one old FIC OEM board to another, one AMD Athlon XP Socket A, the other Intel i845 chipset, and seeing both sharing virtually the same level of specs. I don't have a heap of DDR or Pentium 4s, but I did wind up with about 10 in all, no more then, over the years of computing. Even the Athlon XP more then any other CPU of all machines I've had.

Doing a current search for platform attributes, It's interesting to note these CPU supporting lifecycles compared to the shortest, Windows ME or Socket 1156 for example.

Read a recent article saying that Intel has major impact in what motherboard makers are making.

They say jump, you third parties say "How High?"

The consumer says "WTH", or words to that effect! haha

What I dislike about threads I Google like this;


...is that many people replying just say, here's what's current... Here's what's on the shelves now, the only upgrade is with current tech. If you're looking for the best hardware for a particular generation, various reviews help, but the online things like these don't produce much solid "footwork", people should comment on what they did use in a particular rig, how it worked for them, and what limitations are found from board to board, chip to chip

The interesting aspect of Intel's Pentium 4 came from 2001 into the modern era with Hyper Threading and 800Mhz Front Side Bus, but Asus does the old P4 better with a board supporting SATA, PCI Express as well as DDR2 Ram! It's something of a hybrid. On Intel's G31 chipset. Prior generations Intel North and South bridges cover the Willamette 400 Mhz FSB up to the Prescotts on the high end. AMD kept Athlon just as important in this era up to it's 64bit offerings on a new socket.

My search had also unearthed one board iteration with AGP x6, some boards allowed PC133 last gen memory, Rambus RDRAM as well as SDRAM, all using the same CPU and socket... so it's had a venerable run in the Tech market, and now history


Though It's not a good idea to post an Ebay link in a thread, This board is interesting in it's 845 generation but supporting new features that a BIOS upgrade alone can't provide.

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