Slot A Athlon Availability

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cassian
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I am looking to buy a 1ghz SLOT A Athlon for an ASUS K7M motherboard. If anyone knows where I might be able to purchase one of these old cpus I would greatly appreciate them letting me know.

I think the only other option I have to increase my cpu speed would otherwise be to buy a new Socket A mainboard - again if anyone knows a workaround please let me know. Thanks

Bomag
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There are 1Ghz Slot A CPUs available but the ones I have seen have been £300+. It will be probably be cheaper to get a new MB and socket CPU

cassian
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Thanks for that. I did however think that Slot A went to 1ghz before the switch to Socket A so I am slightly surprised that 'old' stock costs more than new. Were only a few Slot A 1ghz cpus made??

Bomag
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There were both K75 and thunderbird Slot A versions of the 1GHz chip. Most of the distributers have cleared their stock of Slot A chip so if there is still a demand then the price will go up.

Also the thunderbird slot a chip was never released as a retail product and only shiped to OEMs. This was partly due to the incompatibility with VIA KX133 chipset board. Those chips which did get onto the retail supply chain were more expensive than any other version.

PD
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Hi guys,

I have a Slot A format 1GHz Thunderbird installed on a MicroStar K7 Pro.

The only people in the UK I know for sure that did sell these, though in complete systems, was Time; they also used Microstar mainboards.

I guess you could contact them and see if they'll sell you one at a reasonable price.

Btw Cassian have you checked on AMD's site whether the ASUSTek K7M you have is validated to 1GHz?

If it's not, but if you can get hold of one, and are assessing the risk of it working, then check to see if Compaq ever sold a 1GHz Slot A system as the K7M was originally developed for them, though they did also use FIC 'board, the SD11 *I think*...

By the time the 1GHz parts shipped I think ASUSTek had shifted their Slot A development focus to their A7V product...

Cheers,

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cassian
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Hi there Bomag and Paul,

...thanks for the info. As far as I am aware the last official BIOS (1009) for the K7M allowed the use of a 1ghz Athlon. I might be wrong so will double check

Cass

PD
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Hi Guys,

Just thought I would let you know that I have found a supplier of Slot A Athlon, including Thunderbirds up to 1GHz...

Here’s the linkage: http://www.computersurplusoutlet.com/showproduct.asp?category=4&subcategory=78

Cheers,

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cassian
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Cheers all..however I am now the proud owner of a 1.33GHZ 266FSB Athlon...thanks for the help tho'...

Cassian