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Old 12-09-2005, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default On-board processors?

Thinking of upgrading my old server from a dual P2 to one of those low-end motherboards with the on-board processors. It's only 70 bucks for the whole thing, but it does have a 1.2GHz Athlon, and it's not going to be my main computer, so it doesn't need to be overkill. Just something to run Windows XP and Linux, Bittorrenting, using IM clients, nothing CPU heavy...

Anyone know if these on-board processor things are a no-no?

Even if it is an extremely economical choice, I still think it'd be a huge improvement from a Tyan S1686 and two 266MHz processors... Atleast I'd get to use DDR instead of the extremely horrible EDO ram.

Mobo/processor specs:

Description AMD Athlon (K7) Mainboard withSiS 740 Chipset Design
CPU - CPU Onboard
* AMD 2200 Pro processor on board
Chipset - SiS740/962L chipset with following features:
* Integrated advanced 128-bit 2D/3D graphic engine
- LPC I/O – ITE IT8705F
- System Hardware Monitor: Integrated in ITE IT8705F
System BIOS - AMI 2Mb Flash ROM
- Supports Plug and Play 1.0A, APM 1.2, Multi Boot, DMI
- Support ACPI revision 1.0 specification
Memory - 2 DDR DIMM Sockets supports
* Two 184-pin DIMM sockets for DDR memory modules (DDR200/266)
* Maximum: 1GB
Back Panel I/O Ports * PS/2 keyboard and PS/2 mouse connectors
* Four USB Ports and LAN Connector
* One EPP/ECP mode parallel port
* One 16550 high-speed serial I/O port
* One VGA connector
* Audio ports (Mic, Audio-in, Audio-out port)

- Supports 60K~2.88M Byte, 3 Mode FDDs or LS120
- ATX Power Supply Connector
- Ports, headers and others
* IrDA header
* Internal PC speaker header
* Extra Mic./ Speaker header
* CD ROM/DVD Audio Input header
* 2 Extra USB Ports
* HDD LED, Reset Switch, Suspend LED, Power Switch headers
* CPU and chassis Fan headers
RTC & Battery With CMOS hardware clear jumper
Expansion Slots 2 PCI slots, 1 CNR slot
LAN 10/100Mbps Faster Ethernet (optional)
Audio AC ’97 Codec CMI9738A(4 channels)
IDE 2x ATA133
Form Factor microATX (244mm*190mm), 4 Layers
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