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Turbo-charging The T2P4 - Preamble
 Date  : Sept 28th, 2000
 Category  : CPU
 Manufacturer   : AMD
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh
Let's wind the clock back by about 3 years, to good 'ol 1997. Intel says hasta la vista to the Socket 7 platform and makes the jump to its closed and propriety Slot 1 format (no changing of vowels please). Intel's flagship (and final) Socket 7 processor was the Pentium 233 MMX. In the ensuing months, SS7 (Super Socket 7) was introduced to compete with Slot 1, seemingly leaving Socket 7 for dead.

Digressing a bit, Intel's finest Socket 7 chipset was the HX chipset. Two of the most famous motherboards were built around them, the ABIT IT5H and the ASUS P55T2P4 (the subject of this guide). Both these boards were the first to offer 75MHz and 83MHz bus speeds, allowing fixed multiplier processors to be overclocked, and more importantly, the support of future processors.

What makes the T2P4 special? ASUS took the effort to build in voltage regulators that could put out 2.0v to 3.2v, as well as split voltage rail support. Combine this with the fact that AMD's SS7 processors, the K6-2 and K6-3, were physically backward compatible with the S7 format, and a solid chipset (the HX), and you get a fast and affordable computing platform.

In this guide, I'll cover the installation of an AMD K6-2 400 in a T2P4 and present some benchmarks to gauge the improvement vs. your older processor.

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