Installation - CPU

Okay, now for the CPU. As with any electronics component, proper handling is a must. Patience and cautious preparation are necessary to ensure a smooth and trouble free installation on the first attempt. This isn't a race - take your time. Remember a clean, well-lighted work area is best.

To begin, grab a note pad and write down the codes and part numbers listed for both your CPU and your Memory. It is strongly recommended the you do this for all of your system components; store this information away for future reference, as it may be required should any problems arise in the future.

Personally, I always begin with the CPU. If you wish, you may follow the AMD recommendation for this link located here*. This is an excellent guide and should be followed. Additionally, you may want to also do some research found here.

*Adobe Acrobat required.

I made a request to AMD and they have sent me some excellent movies on processor installs. I am very excited to be able to present them to you.

(requires windows media or real player) 

section 1 CPU installation 

section 5 thermal pad or paste?



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Using the above link provided - If you'll notice the CPU has a gold arrow or notch on the corner, this marking must be placed facing correctly into the Ziff socket - for the A7N8X it faces to the upper right hand corner of the Ziff socket (as viewed from the top of the case - mother board installed). When installing the CPU, ensure that the Ziff arm is in the up-right position. It should require very little force to install the CPU (very light downward pressure). The CPU should sit flat on the Ziff socket - verify this, then lower the Ziff locking arm and snap it into place. This locks the CPU into place and holds the CPU onto the motherboard. If the CPU does not sit into place easily verify the Ziff arm is fully up-right (unlocked) and your CPU is facing correctly - failure to do this correctly may cause serious damage to your CPU.

Below I have Included an AMD utility for measuring your CPU's TRUE speed.

AMD CPU SPEED

Below are the currant AMD CPU listings

Example of how to read your processor code (OPN)

AXDA 3200 D K V 4 E
AXDA Architecture Segment:
    AXDA = AMD Athlon™ XP Processor ("Barton"/"Thoroughbred")
    AX = AMD Athlon™ XP Processor ("Palomino")
3200 Model Number: 1500+ to 3200+ and above
D Package Type: D = OPGA
K Operating Voltage:
    L = 1.50V
    U = 1.60V
    K = 1.65V
    M = 1.75V
V Die Temperature:
    T = 90 Degrees Celsius
    V = 85 Degrees Celsius
4 Size of L2 Cache:
    3 = 256KB
    4 = 512KB
E Max FSB:
    C = 266MHz
    D = 333MHz
    E = 400MHz

AMD Processors as Listed

Core OPN Model Operating Freq.(MHz) Clock Mult. Nominal Voltage Max Die Temp. FSB Freq.(MHz) L2 Cache

Model 10
"Barton"

AXDA3200DKV4E 3200+ 2200MHz 11x 1.65V 85º C 400MHz 512KB
AXDA3000DKV4E 3000+ 2100MHz 10.5x
AXDA3000DKV4D 3000+ 2167MHz 13x 333MHz
AXDA2800DKV4D 2800+ 2083MHz 12.5x
AXDA2600DKV4D 2600+ 1917MHz 11.5x
AXDA2500DKV4D 2500+ 1833MHz 11x
Model 8
"Thoroughbred"
AXDA2700DKV3D 2700+ 2167MHz 13x 1.65V 85º C 333MHz 256KB
AXDA2600DKV3D 2600+ 2083MHz 12.5x
AXDA2600DKV3C 2600+ 2133MHz 16x 266MHz
AXDA2400DKV3C 2400+ 2000MHz 15x
AXDA2400DUV3C 2400+ 2000MHz 15x 1.60V
AXDA2200DUV3C 2200+ 1800MHz 13.5x
AXDA2200DKV3C 2200+ 1800MHz 13.5x 1.65V
AXDA2100DUT3C 2100+ 1733MHz 13x 1.60V 90º C
AXDA2000DUT3C 2000+ 1667MHz 12.5x
AXDA2000DKT3C 2000+ 1667MHz 12.5x 1.65V
AXDA1900DLT3C 1900+ 1600MHz 12x 1.50V
AXDA1800DUT3C 1800+ 1533MHz 11.5x 1.60V
AXDA1800DLT3C 1800+ 1533MHz 11.5x 1.50V
AXDA1700DUT3C 1700+ 1467MHz 11x 1.60V
AXDA1700DLT3C 1700+ 1467MHz 11x 1.50V
AXDA1600DUT3C 1600+ 1400MHz 10.5x 1.60V
Model 6
"Palomino"
AX2100DMT3C 2100+ 1733MHz 13x 1.75V 90º C 266MHz 256KB
AX2000DMT3C 2000+ 1667MHz 12.5x
AX1900DMT3C 1900+ 1600MHz 12x
AX1800DMT3C 1800+ 1533MHz 11.5x
AX1700DMT3C 1700+ 1467MHz 11x
AX1600DMT3C 1600+ 1400MHz 10.5x
AX1500DMT3C 1500+ 1333MHz 10x