How to Upgrade Your CPU

Socket 370

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Well, if your motherboard is based on socket 370 this means you are in front of a very old computer based on Socket 370 Celeron or on Socket 370 Pentium III. Keep in mind that these CPUs are available for other sockets as well, so we are talking specifically about socket 370 models here. Socket 370 models can also be referred as PPGA or as FC-PGA. In order to know what is the fastest CPU you can install on your motherboard, you will need to know what is the maximum FSB clock rate your motherboard supports. Typical values are 66 MHz, 100 MHz and 133 MHz.

To make things simpler, we compiled the table below. At one side you have your motherboard FSB and on the other which CPUs are supported.

FSB Celeron Pentium III
66 MHz All socket 370 models up to 766 MHz. Not supported.
100 MHz All socket 370 models, available up to 1.4 GHz. All socket 370 models without a letter “B” on its name, available up to 1.1 GHz.
133 MHz All socket 370 models, available up to 1.4 GHz. All socket 370 models, available up to 1.2 GHz.

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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