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AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU, 3dfx Voodoo 4 4500 AGP and Aureal Vortex 2!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-09 @ 09:25

My Athlon Slot A dream system is finally done!

AMD Athlon 1000 Thunderbird Slot A 1,75V@1,60V undervolted, new Thermal compound and 2x 50 mm new Revoltec fans
Asus K7V-T VIA KX133
512MB Kingston PC133 CL2/2/2
3dfx Voodoo4 4500 AGP with a small copper heatsink on the backside of the VSA-100 chip
Aureal Vortex 2 PCI
VIA USB 2.0 PCI card
Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 8 40 GB IDE
3,5" Floppy
LG GSA-H10N DVD Writer
Delta Electronic 350W Power Supply
Chieftec Bravo BM-01B case
Windows 98 SE with Update Pack 2.1e

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Re: AMD Athlon Slot A system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird CPU!

Postby doaks80 » 2019-2-09 @ 09:42

What on earth is the heatsink behind the voodoo core?
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Re: AMD Athlon Slot A system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-09 @ 09:45

doaks80 wrote:What on earth is the heatsink behind the voodoo core?


Small copper heatsink for the backside of the VSA-100 chip, fit 100%. Better cooling and longer life. The card also works fine with 183MHz, higher not tested and I do not want to do it.
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Re: AMD Athlon Slot A system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird CPU!

Postby doaks80 » 2019-2-09 @ 10:28

NostalgicAslinger wrote:
doaks80 wrote:What on earth is the heatsink behind the voodoo core?


Small copper heatsink for the backside of the VSA-100 chip, fit 100%. Better cooling and longer life. The card also works fine with 183MHz, higher not tested and I do not want to do it.


Yeah i get that, i do the same thing....i mean the long copper strands....where did you get one like that?
k6-3+ 400 / s3 virge DX+voodoo1 / awe32(32mb)
via c3 866 / s3 savage4+voodoo2 sli / audigy1+awe64(8mb)
athlon xp 3200+ / voodoo5 5500 / diamond mx300
pentium4 3400 / geforce fx5950U / audigy2 ZS
core2duo E8500 / radeon HD5850 / x-fi titanium
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Re: AMD Athlon Slot A system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-09 @ 10:40

doaks80 wrote:Yeah i get that, i do the same thing....i mean the long copper strands....where did you get one like that?


Enzotech BMR-C1 BGA RAM heat sinks:

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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby doaks80 » 2019-2-09 @ 11:48

Damn...wish I knew about them before I sinked up my V5...not cheap but I guess they are worth it.
k6-3+ 400 / s3 virge DX+voodoo1 / awe32(32mb)
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby rasz_pl » 2019-2-09 @ 12:34

KX133 chipset supports SDRAM Bank Interleaving, has potential to work a little faster with two modules.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/kx ... ak.423179/
worked great on KT133, but I seem to remember problems on slot A platforms at the time.
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-09 @ 12:49

rasz_pl wrote:KX133 chipset supports SDRAM Bank Interleaving, has potential to work a little faster with two modules.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/kx ... ak.423179/
worked great on KT133, but I seem to remember problems on slot A platforms at the time.


Yes, I know, 4 way is activated in the bios and also wpcredit says, that this feature is active. Runs without any problems.
I am using this 512MB high quality memory stick. Also does 150MHz with the best timings! The Asus K7V-T is also one of the fastest VIA KX133 Mainboards. Faster than the Epox 7KXA, that I have used before.

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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby Almoststew1990 » 2019-2-09 @ 13:37

Nice. I do like a good Slot 1 Athlon system, I have a pluto 800MHz, Thunderbird 700MHz and somehow seem to have collected quite a few 500/550 MHz too...

For some reason I can't get my Irongate motherboard to work with the Thunderbird CPU (despite being on the latest BIOS). These boards were some of the few that would support Slot 1 Tbirds :(
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Intel E8500 3.1GHz | 3GB DDR2 | Nvidia GeForce 645 1024MB | 750GB HDD
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-09 @ 14:21

Almoststew1990 wrote:Nice. I do like a good Slot 1 Athlon system, I have a pluto 800MHz, Thunderbird 700MHz and somehow seem to have collected quite a few 500/550 MHz too...

For some reason I can't get my Irongate motherboard to work with the Thunderbird CPU (despite being on the latest BIOS). These boards were some of the few that would support Slot 1 Tbirds :(


The K7V-T is the only KX133 mainboard with official Thunderbird CPU support. My Epox 7KXA KX133 works with T-Bird CPUs, but with max. 800MHz. There was never a official T-Bird CPU support for the KX133 chipset, but most of the boards will work with this core, but with max. ~800MHz. A Orion 1Ghz always works.

With a 1 GHz T-Bird you need luck to find one, I had problems with the Epox, here is a thread, that's why I have changed the mainboard: viewtopic.php?f=46&t=64237&p=721641#p721641
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby rasz_pl » 2019-2-09 @ 19:19

NostalgicAslinger wrote:
rasz_pl wrote:KX133 chipset supports SDRAM Bank Interleaving, has potential to work a little faster with two modules.
https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/kx ... ak.423179/
worked great on KT133, but I seem to remember problems on slot A platforms at the time.


Yes, I know, 4 way is activated in the bios and also wpcredit says, that this feature is active.


does it make a difference with only one module? I always assumed it needed a pair
EDIT: doh, its right in the name, bank interleaving, it works with one module :) /slaps himself
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-10 @ 01:52

Yes, the performance is much better. Wpcredit is a good tool,. At here, you can enable it, if the bios doesen't let you enable this feature.
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby melbar » 2019-2-13 @ 21:57

Be careful to the small capacitor between the cpu-cooler and the ram sockets, directly under the fan header.

It is looking even worse than the other's what i can see on your pictures.
It's worth to replace it. :wink:
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU, 3dfx Voodoo 4 4500 AGP and Aureal Vortex 2!

Postby cyclone3d » 2019-2-13 @ 22:11

Very nice. I've never seen a 1Ghz Slot A T-Bird in person though I do have a couple 900Mhz ones that I rescued from being thrown out over 10 years ago.
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Re: AMD Athlon system with very rare 1GHz Thunderbird Slot A CPU!

Postby NostalgicAslinger » 2019-2-14 @ 00:25

melbar wrote:Be careful to the small capacitor between the cpu-cooler and the ram sockets, directly under the fan header.

It is looking even worse than the other's what i can see on your pictures.
It's worth to replace it. :wink:


Ok, one capasitor looks like he has a bumb on the pictures, but looks ok. Only a optical Ilusion. Here is a better picture of the mainboard. Made a few days earlier, before I changed the Epox 7KXA in the case.

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cyclone3d wrote:Very nice. I've never seen a 1Ghz Slot A T-Bird in person though I do have a couple 900Mhz ones that I rescued from being thrown out over 10 years ago.


The 900 MHz version should easy do 1GHz with a Goldfinger Device. :)
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