PPGA Celerons -- bus-locked?
I'm starting a dual-overclocked celeron project and would like to use the PPGA 300A's, but there are rumors that Intel may be bus-locking these now.
Anybody have any info or first-hand experience to confirm or refute this?
They are not bus lock. Most of them just don't make it at 100 FSB. Most of them are stable at 83FSB. Check some survey. I'll update this post with some links if no one else does later.
I've had it with this dual-Celeron nonsense: I love the idea but the cards are stacked the wrong way. Intel doesn't want me to do it and what Intel wants it usually gets.
Jon at Minotaur says that Intel has stopped producing the PPGA 300A's. Even if I did get lucky and went 2 for 2 buying 450 overclockables, chances are I'd still have voltage problems since the dual mobos aren't easily configurable for voltage. And with Duals, heat is even more of an issue because the processors are so close together, so you really would want both to run at 2.0v or less.
Finally, Tom of Tom's Hardware put his own endorsement on the rumor that the Celerons are being bus-locked to run below 100MHz. It's just not in the cards. If I had confidence in my own soldering I would buy two slot 1 C's tested at 450 and 2v, but that's not the case.
The K6-3 will be out soon hopefully and Intel is said to be coming out with a 100MHz 256KB on-die cache Celeron. I'll do the duals with that (unless Intel figures out how to put a monkey wrench in that plan too) or I'll find a couple cheaper PII's that'll overclock at 500 and do it the RIGHT way...
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