Im looking around for a new CPU for my old banger (socket 478) what information is crucial to compatibility? I found a site that shows my mobo but its 6 years old. can you explain to me how to ID compatible CPU's pls?
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The ABIT SG-71 is an Intel Socket 478 that could take a Pentium 4 or Celeron CPU (533/400MHz) designed for the 478 socket. It could support up to 2 GB of DDR 333 memory.
This motherboard may not be worth putting in a new CPU; it is over 10 year old technology. It's very old and slow compared to even two year old CPU and motherboard options.
Cindy Wells (if you do want to replace the CPU, remove the old hardware. Use extreme care not to bend any pins on the CPU. Add new thermal paste to the top of the CPU and then put on the heatsink. Connect the CPU fan to the CPU fan header.)
The Socket P has 478 pins, but is not pin-compatible with Socket M or Socket 478. Socket P is also known as a 478-pin Micro FCPGA or μFCPGA-478. Google it for stores that carry dual core Socket P chips.
According to what I have found, this is an Intel Motherboard. You will not find an AMD chip to fit this. This is a socket 478 mobo. Heres the specs site: http://www.motherboard.cz/mb/matsonic/MS9367E.htm
as long as it is a socket 478 processor which narrows it down to P4 or celeron ( P4 being better and faster ) it should be fine.
Obviously it will state what processors it can handle in the computer manual so if you find the manual it should state in there.
I dont think it will handle more then a 3ghz P4