AMD Athlon 1.33 GHz or 1.4 GHz?

Harold L Hunt II
Fri Mar 19 05:39:00 GMT 2004

Anyone out there got a left-over AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1.33 GHz or 1.4 
GHz?  I have been using an Iwill KA-266 motherboard as my primary board 
for the last three years with a 1.2 GHz Athlon on it.  Just this weekend 
I bought a new CPU cooler, 1 GB of PC2700 RAM (only requires PC2100) 
that I can run at CAS 2, and a new Antec Sonata case.  After I got all 
of this I was tweaking the settings for my new RAM, since I knew it 
could perform better than the default settings which are for PC2100 RAM 
at CAS 2.5.  I was able to change the RAM from "normal" settings to 
"fast" settings and changed the CAS from 2.5 to 2.  Zinf (MP3 player for 
Windows) went from 10% CPU usage to 1%!  I then went in an bumped the 
bus speed from 133 MHz to 146 MHz (10% increase) and measured an exact 
10% drop in my compile/build/package time from 120 minutes to 108 minutes.

I know that my board supports at least a 1.33 GHz Athlon, and I think it 
can support the 1.4 GHz as well (both are 133 MHz FSB with DDR).  I have 
seen the 1.33 GHz's Athlons still on sale for around $30 and was 
thinking that if anyone has retired either of these chips then I could 
get around another 15% performance improvement from spare parts that 
aren't doing any good.

So, does anyone have one of these chips?  Please email privately if you 
would be willing to mail it to me in return for more frequent Cygwin/X 
releases.  ;)


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