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Proton Computers Little Dipper Kit

Features
The Board
  • Celeron 566 FCPGA @ 850 MHz
  • GlobalWin FKP-32 heatsink/fan unit
  • Abit Slocket III FCPGA to Slot1 adapter

http://www.protoncomputers.com

(+,-) $189 USD

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8/10

There is a big problem that confronts someone when they are looking to upgrade their CPU. One of the biggest limiting factors is price. Although I'm quite sure all of us would like to pick up a 1 GHz chip the brute reality of an $800 or higher price is quite sobering. Rather than take a loan out on your next computer why not consider an overclocked CPU? If you've followed many of our reviews you'll see that everyone here at TargetPC is running an overclocked CPU in their system. The obvious reason being a huge cost savings. For far less than the cost of those top of the line CPUs we can take a lower clocked CPU and gain similar performance.

Quite a while back I had an overclocking tips article, and one of my suggestions has always been to buy a pretested CPU. While there are increasingly good odds that a CPU will overclock well, I don't see the logic in gambling a large chunk of money just to find that your new CPU will not overclock successfully. I got lucky with my Pentium III Coppermine CPU last December, but that was a risk I was willing to take to be one of the first to get their hands on that chip when it was released. I certainly wouldn't recommend that you go out and risk your money in the hopes of finding a good overclocking candidate. Here is where companies like Proton Computers come in. They sent a Celeron 2 566 that is pretested to run at 850 MHz. Proton calls the kit their "Celery 2 Little Dipper Kit". At $189 its quite an outstanding value.

Setup

Fortunately, having a pretested CPU means you don't have to sweat all the setup details. Proton already had the CPU mounted on the FCPGA to Slot 1 adapter with the correct voltage and jumper settings. I simply plugged the unit into a BX motherboard and was off setting it up in the BIOS in no time. One thing that I had wondered about was that my BIOS previously only displayed a multiplier of 8 as its highest. As soon as the Cel2 was detected the BIOS automatically allowed me to select 8.5 as the multiplier. Pretty neat. This shows one reason why you should always be running the latest BIOS available for your board before a CPU upgrade.

Proton was nice enough to even send the heatsink/fan unit installed. A quick check and there was the perfect amount of heatsink grease. Installing the unit is as easy as plugging the Abit Slocket III adapter into your motherboard. If you have a motherboard, which is already equipped with the correct FCPGA capable socket, then simply remove your heatsink and CPU and place them directly on the motherboard. The fan power connector is simply plugged into the 3-prong power connector on the motherboard. It couldn't be any simpler than that.

One thing that is very nice about the Slocket III is that all of its jumper settings are on the back of the unit. Its pretty easy to get confused sometimes, and having that reference so easily available is quite indispensible. Abit is the company that originated overclocking from the motherboard BIOS, so lets hope that other companies will follow Abit's lead and copy the usefullness of this slocket. Now, let's get onto the testing phase.



 





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