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Adapter ABIT of Socket 370 to Slot 1


 

Very well, it seems that these ABIT people have taken seriously that thing about to work with a view to the future. Even without the lodgement date of the Celeron being sure with the encapsulated new one, the PPGA, PGA370 or Socket 370, they had already a badge with this type of socket (the BM6) and even an adapter for basic badges with Slot 1. This is a rapidity...

Adapter ABIT Slotket

The new invention, called Slotket (®), of "slot" + "socket", consists simply of a small circuit badge conectable to the Slot 1, in which there is mounted a Socket 370 (that we remember that although physically it looks alike very much to the Socket 7 of the Pentium MMX and AMD K6-2, they are incompatible).

This simple and practical idea is not by no means a piece of news, some companies did the same (but the other way round) when the first Pentium II appeared, placing them in basic badges for Pentium Pro thanks to an adapter that was going on from the Socket 8 of Pentium Pro to the Slot 1 of Pentium II; let's not forget that the principal internal difference between both chips was the inclusion of the instructions MMX, but otherwise they could be handled by the same chipset, the already extinct one 440FX.

Logotype of the basic badges with the ABIT Slotket

At first ABIT only is going to include this adapter with his basic scale badges average - fall, the LX6 with chipset LX, whom it will happen to name LX6-K to indicate the inclusion of the Slotket. There is reserved the option to sell the Slotket separately, but in my opinion it is very probable that they end up by doing it, since the installed badges market LX is enormous, and this adapter can that it is the only option to update a badge LX over 333 MHz.

Let's remember that to be able to use mikes Pentium II to 350 MHz or more, the motherboard must be able to provide a speed of 100 MHz system bus, what only they do (except poquísimas demur) the badges with chipset BX or with chipsets of ROUTE or ALI, called Apollo Pro and Aladdin Pro respectively, but these are almost impossible to find, especially on the Spanish market. For it, the only solution if we have a chipset LX is to install a mike Celeron, since it works with a 66 MHz bus.

And position that Intel is decided to which the future of the Celeron should happen for the Socket 370, leaving the most expensive Slot 1 for Pentium II and his successor the Katmai, it is almost sure that although at present Celeron exists to 366 and 400 MHz for Slot1, the next ones will appear only with this type of encapsulated, although for the time being (perhaps up to coming to 500 MHz) they will keep on having a 66 MHz system bus. If we have a badge LX and a slow Pentium II like the model to 233 MHz, the need to obtain an adapter as the Slotket is clear to be able to update us without having to change the motherboard.

Celeron 366 mounted on the Slotket in a badge Slot 1

On these new Celeron models to 366 and 400 MHz, they are in the shops from February. His yield is quite good, of those 366 MHz almost identically to that of Pentium II to 350 MHz and that of the model to 400 MHz almost like that of his counterpart Pentium II, thanks to his nucleus Mendocino with 128 KB of integrated cache memory of the second level (the fourth part that Pentium II, but running at the same speed as the mike instead of to the half).

If it is more interesting to buy a specific badge for these Celeron, with socket Socket 370 and probably with the chipset ZX66 (a limited version of the BX that as maximum works to 66 MHz) or one with chipset LX and an adapter type Slotket (that it is very probable that they license or straight they clone other companies), the answer perhaps is: not neither one nor other. The ideal thing would be to obtain a badge with chipset BX and the adapter, with what we might use a cheap mike in a motherboard with a lot of possibilities of expansion. Although if we can choose a badge PPGA with chipset BX or ZX 100 MHz (ZX), like the ABIT BM6 and ZM6, the topic changes, skylight.

And to end, a notice: in most cases a BIOS is needed updated to be able to use the new Celeron to 366 MHz (or even the models 300th and 333) in any made badge does more than one pair of months, be LX or BX. This means that if the manufacturer of his motherboard does not extract the corresponding update of the BIOS, forget adapters, sockets, chipsets and other trifles. That's why it is so important to spend a few thousands of pesetas more in a mark badge...

 


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