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  1. #1
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    New Athlon 2400+,2600+,2700+ for Dragon Ultra ?

    According to what I just read the Dragon Ultra should support these new CPU's coming out from AMD.

    The 2700+ is rumored to be a 333mzh CPU...while the others are still 266mzh parts.

    http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=5053

    We will see them here eventually:
    http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/...0_182_869_4348^4378|120_1_XP,00.html

    My understanding is that this listing will be updated to reflect that Soyo will support these new CPU's when a BIOS update appears as well as all the other boards.

    http://firingsquad.gamers.com/hardware/xp2600/page2.asp

    For testing we used an Epox EP-8K3A+ KT333 motherboard that was supplied by AMD. The initial BIOS didn't properly recognize the CPU as an Athlon XP 2600+, but it ran fine and we didn't encounter any problems. Since then a new BIOS has been built (8k3a2813.bin) that fully recognizes the Athlon XP 2600+. As far as we're aware, this is all that will be required in any other Athlon motherboard so there shouldn't be any compatibility issues. AMD keeps a list of validated motherboards on its website as additional resource for end users.
    This ALMOST makes me want to upgrade to the Ultra and would be worth it as CPU speeds could justify the move.

    Now if SOYO would/could release a BIOS update for the Dragon + for just the new 2400+, 2600+ that could motivate me to upgrade. But my understanding is that this could not be possible due to hardware constraints, but just MAYBE who knows ?...all interesting stuff
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    System:
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    512 meg Crucial RAM (2 x 256)
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    Well, i won't be switching my processor until I get a new motherboard. This will probably not be for another year at least, possibly two. If the highest that works with the Dragon+ is 2200+, then looks like I already have the first and last CPU on this board.
    Skaarj-laptop:Asus G750JW-NH71,Win8.1,Corei7-4700HQ,12GB DDR3 RAM,Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB,Realtek HD,TSST CDDVDW SN-208DN,WDC 750GB HD...
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    Dragonslayer (at Mom's house now): WinXPSP3, P4 3.2GHz(Asus P4P800-Deluxe),Thermalright SLK-947U,3GB Corsair XMS PC3200 RAM,ATI Radeon 9800Pro 256MB,VGA Silencer,SB Audigy2 5.1,Seasonic 500W PSU,Silverstone FT01-B mid tower,LG DVD burner,Asus E616P3..
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    how come SOYO can't write a new BIOS to support the 2200+ and up?!?!?!!


    i dont' want a dragon ultra right now!!!

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    Talking

    Come on Stang Man, you should know by now. They're bastards!

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    I'm waiting for a whole bunch of new things to come out before I build my new computer. One of them being the RADEON 9700, but that is rapidly approaching. Guess sooner or later I will have to upgrade to keep up with the ever changing gaming industry.

    I just hope whatever I buy will last me for a few years. I just built this system a year ago, and already it is nearly dead. That's not worth my money. With the games I play right now, I could still be using a K6-2 400 mhz, but I decided to upgrade/build a new one, and look, obsolete yet again.

    Later,
    Oz
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    Better to wait just a wee bit longer.. At least that is what I am doing. This current setup has performed flawlessly (knock on wood) and I shall wait till early next year.
    I Never Use Signatures.


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    Originally posted by wyst
    Better to wait just a wee bit longer.. At least that is what I am doing. This current setup has performed flawlessly (knock on wood) and I shall wait till early next year.
    Agreed.

    Later,
    Oz
    Rig:

    Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma @ 3360 Ghz @ 1.475V (14.5x223)
    (NB: 2240, HT: 2015)
    Gigabyte MA-790X-UD4P
    Sparkle GeForce 9800 GTX+ (755core, 1350 mem)
    Onboard sound (yuck)
    4GBs Mushkin DDR800 (6/6/6/18/24 @ 928mhz)
    2x74GBs RAID 0
    2xWD 1TB HD RAID 1
    Plexter DVD Burner
    Rosewill 530W

  8. #8
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    The old Epox bios supported the higher multipliers that are required, which was the reason it worked on the board. The bios just didn't have the "display as" string for the 2400 and up.
    I doubt you will see a bios update for teh Dragon+ that has the higher multiplier. Not because the board can't handle it, but for marketing reasons. The Ultra MAY get one, but as that would be the only "improvement" made for the Soyo KT400, I think they will just force us to buy the new board if want the faster chip.

    The KT266a and KT333 chipsets can both handle the new AMD chips just fine, all that is needed is an updated bios. Even the 166mhz AMD would run, if they added 1/5PCI divider support, which again, is just a bios issue. But, like I said, if the Dragon+ and Ultra could run everything, why would anyone buy their newest product?

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