like ABIT. They understand that we overclockers go
through a heck-of-a-lot-of-trouble drilling, soldering,
and modifying the Celerons to make them work on dual
motherboards (refer to our previous articles on how
to modify the Slot-1
Celerons as well as Socket370
Why not make dual Celerons motherboards which will
work without any modifications to the processors?
Why not charge a good price and make lots of money?
Well, ABIT made the BP6 Dual Socket370 motherboard
- but they did not charge a high price for it.
In fact, the BP6 is so reasonably
priced that it's a very good buy. Buy a processor
today, then upgrade to a 2nd processor tomorrow.
running two processors does not mean doubling your
PC's performance. Usually, your mileage will vary
according to the applications you run. You need to
be running a SMP-capable operating system (e.g. Windows
NT, Windows 2000, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, OS/2 etc).
Windows 95/98 will not utilize the 2nd processor.
only will you need a SMP capable OS, but your applications
must explicitly support the 2nd processor as well.
Now, ask yourself this: What applications you use
support SMP? A few? None? The fact is that most of
us do not use heavy duty stuffs like Photoshop, video-editing
etc, getting a SMP system may be quite pointless.
Remember, Internet Explorer already loads under two
seconds, throwing in another processor will not make
it load faster.
more and more SMP applications appearing, the day
will come (perhaps in another year or so) when games,
applications and the whole load of software out there
will support SMP. Games such as Quake3 will support
SMP. Throwing in two 400Mhz Celerons will beat the
fastest Pentium-III out in the market now, for a fraction
of the cost. This is tempting, very tempting.