that if you have a Super Socket7 you can use a 100Mhz bus, but
then you might as well just buy a K6-2 anyway =). Back in 98
and I decided to run 3Dmark99Max, which you should note isn't
the best benchmark for a Millenium2-8mb. However I was amazed
to see the FPS games running smoothly and the CPU's 3D Speed
came out as 3950, which is about twice as much as the PMMX233
had. Before the upgrade such things as DVD Movies, highly detailed
3D Scenes in Truespace, large Publisher98 documents and various
other things had been a bit choppy. All of a sudden DVD Movies
running in software (Millenium2 doesn't fully support DVDs)
were next to smooth instead of 15Fps like previous, now they
were 27-29Fps. The Truespace scene was navigable without any
problems and Publisher98's document ran without any real glitch.
doing all this something that I have known for many years as
a die-hard up-grader once again came to light. Upgrading is
a professional sport to many and it's a constant art of streamlining
the system so it's not unbalanced, you can't just add one thing
and expect the whole system to show any real change. Again this
came to light, I quickly realised that in order to take full
advantage of this CPU a PCI TNT card would be needed and so
would a UDMA IDE HardDisk, next to that everything went as planned.
The fact is a new CPU doesn't take away HD Loading times or
the fact your graphics card might not support bilinear filtering
Spectra400Mhz is primarily suited to those in the Pentium75
- PentiumMMX233 bracket who want to update their system without
any real hassle or money expenditure. At £175 (UKP) Inc V.A.T
it's reasonably priced and considering the hassle it would cause
you to take another upgrade path, then it's probably worth every
penny. You can get it cheaper if you hunt, we clocked a £140
inc. V.A.T version in a trading magazine. Just remember that
despite the CPU having the ability to run games, it's not actually
for gamers as gamers would need the kit to go with it and that
simply isn't available for the systems this is designed to upgrade.
It is actually cheaper now to get an MB+K6-2-400CPU than it
is for the upgrade, but that's not why it's there. This upgrade
is just perfect for business systems that need bringing up to
date with minimum hassle. It is possible to get PCI TNT cards
and faster IDE drives for older systems so if you do want to
be a bit of a gamer then it will work, although we didn't have
anything to test that out, you just know it will work though.
with a Spectra450Mhz just out the door as well, this is an easy
and perfect upgrade for anybody wanting a quick 'Super Boost'
to his or her system. Just remember you might need to add a
better hard disk, graphics card and maybe even some more Ram
to take full advantage of its power.
by Mark Jackson
- 8.5 Performance - 8.5
Overall - 8.7