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    Thoroughbred and Thorton What's the difference? Work with ASUS A7M266?

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    Hi guys,
    I'm about to update my "old" studio computer from an Athlon 1.4 GHz and thought it could be a good idea to grab one of the cheap Athlon XP's available now before they disappear from the market. I saw that there are two models which seems to have about the same price and description.

    So, which one should I get? Do they work with my motherboard?

    My motherboard is ASUS A7M 266 with 266 MHz memory

    Hans,
    www.hagen.nu

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    http://www.asus.com/support/cpusupport/cpusupport.aspx

    If you look up your motherboard it appears that it only supports Palomino....and not even thoroughbreds. Check your motherboard model number closely as the A7M266-D will support Tbreds. The A7M 266 is a no go.

    Thorton has the same amount of L2 cache as the T'Bred but is based on the Barton core, so it has a larger die and more transistors. The thorton core was created to reduce cost basically....they only have to run one production line. The performance will not be any different than a t'bred...technically the larger die will probably run a little cooler, but it is probably of no consequence to you. If you intend to purchase a motherboard I would check for thorton compatability if you decide to go with a thorton. My advice would be to get whatever is priced the best between the two cores.

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    Thanks RattleCat,
    Think I'll try to find an Athlon XP 2100+(Palomino) and use this for a while before making a major upgrade in a year or so.
    Hans

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