Anyone know which CPUs and RAM this motherboard will support?

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Found 20th Mar 2009
See link on next post. The description says - Socket 462, supporting AMD Sempron, Athlon, Athlon XP, Duron. But will it support the full range of CPUs under those names or am I limited?

And what are the different RAM options? Someone suggested DDR400 would work but since that's not listed on the spec I'm wondering if they are right?

New to PC building so any links for future reference appreciated. Thanks.

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These may help

en.wikipedia.org/wik…t_A

cpu-world.com/Soc…tml

I found these with a quick search in Google for "socket 462" so it was not difficult.

This is quite an old "socket" so not sure how easy it is to buy a new CPU to fit it. The sites dabs and ebuyer for example dont have any Socket 462 CPUs for sale.

Found some Socket A (socket 462) CPUs here

pcupgrade.co.uk/cat…244
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guilbert53;4696097

These may … These may helphttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socket_Ahttp://www.cpu-world.com/Sockets/Socket%20462%20(Socket%20A).htmlI found these with a quick search in Google for "socket 462" so it was not difficult.This is quite an old "socket" so not sure how easy it is to buy a new CPU to fit it. The sites dabs and ebuyer for example dont have any Socket 462 CPUs for sale.



Thanks - I should have thought of that search. Didn't even know enough to search by socket type - lol -

Yes, it's an old machine, just wondering whether to upgrade the CPU from an AMD Athlon 1900+ if I can pick up a 2nd hand CPU off someone. Mightn't be worth it though - I'll go check those links and see what's the highest I can go :thumbsup:

>New to PC building so any links for future reference appreciated. Thanks.

If you are new to PC building any reason you are using this motherboard?

Is it from a old PC that you are upgrading?

If you are thinking of buying it new then I would certainly think twice as this socket is about 5 years old and certainly not "new technology".

There are plenty of motherboards that would be better than this one.

ASRock tend to be the budget end of the motherboard market (but are very popular) so it may be worth considering another "modern" ASRock motherboard that will take the latest CPUs.

update. Wrote this before I saw your append above.

Liddle ol' me;4696214

Yes, it's an old machine, just wondering whether to upgrade the CPU from … Yes, it's an old machine, just wondering whether to upgrade the CPU from an AMD Athlon 1900+ if I can pick up a 2nd hand CPU off someone. Mightn't be worth it though - I'll go check those links and see what's the highest I can go :thumbsup:



I doubt you will gain much of a performance boost with a faster CPU.

A PCs speed is a combination of many things - CPU speed, Memory speed, BUS speed, hard disk speed etc

If you put a CPU in that is say 20% faster it does not make the whole PC go 20% faster.

The memory will slow it down, the BUS speed will slow it down and so on.

A 20% faster CPU may only speed the PC up 5% or maybe 10% if you are lucky.

Note that the Duron and Sempron are the slow budget CPUs so dont even go there if you want to gain performance. Probably your best bet is an Athlon XP 3200+ which is about as fast as your motherboard can go (2333 Mhz).

Note that the "number" of an Athlon CPU does not always equate to the Mhz. This was in the days when they were competing with intel in the Mhz race, and AMD always said that on their CPUs the Mhz was misleading becase they went faster than the Intel equivalant.

So AMD always gave their CPUs a higher number than their actual Mhz. So for example the AMD 3200+ ran at 2333 Mhz.
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guilbert53;4696242

New to PC building so any links for future reference appreciated. … >New to PC building so any links for future reference appreciated. Thanks.If you are new to PC building any reason you are using this motherboard?Is it from a old PC that you are upgrading?If you are thinking of buying it new then I would certainly think twice as this socket is about 5 years old and certainly not "new technology". There are plenty of motherboards that would be better than this one.ASRock tend to be the budget end of the motherboard market (but are very popular) so it may be worth considering another "modern" ASRock motherboard that will take the latest CPUs.



It's someone's old PC I've just received so thought I might fiddle around with it and learn something in the process.

It has an AMD Athlon 1900+ 512MB RAM, both of which I'd like to upgrade if I can do it cheaply enough. If I can't get the parts cheaply, I won't bother as the PC is going to be sold or passed on anyway. I've got a couple of old monitors stored away so will probably add to this and sell as a cheap system.

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guilbert53;4696355

I doubt you will gain much of a performance boost with a faster CPU. A … I doubt you will gain much of a performance boost with a faster CPU. A PCs speed is a combination of many things - CPU speed, Memory speed, BUS speed, hard disk speed etc If you put a CPU in that is say 20% faster it does not make the whole PC go 20% faster.The memory will slow it down, the BUS speed will slow it down and so on.A 20% faster CPU may only speed the PC up 5% or maybe 10% if you are lucky. Note that the Duron and Sempron are the slow budget CPUs so dont even go there if you want to gain performance. Probably your best bet is an Athlon XP 3200+ which is about as fast as your motherboard can go (2333 Mhz).Note that the "number" of an Athlon CPU does not always equate to the Mhz. This was in the days when they were competing with intel in the Mhz race, and AMD always said that on their CPUs the Mhz was misleading becase they went faster than the Intel equivalant. So AMD always gave their CPUs a higher number than their actual Mhz. So for example the AMD 3200+ ran at 2333 Mhz..



Thanks for all this too. Sounds like it's probably not worth the bother upgrading...
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