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Dear CPU Scorekeeper

I would like to upgrade my processor as far as possible without changing the motherboard. Can you make a recommendation?

Also, how much will this improve my computer's current performance?

- - Kansas, Feb 2000

See the questionCPU Scorekeeper Responds

As shown on our K6-2 stats page, the fastest CPU sibling currently available for your Socket-7 motherboard is a K6-2 running at 533MHz. Our CPU Comparator shows that this would provide a boost in speed of about 60%.

However, there is an even faster alternative, using an older processor--a K6-III 450MHz. Though it runs at a slower (but decent) clock speed, our CPU Comparator demonstrates that the K6-III would actually increase your speed by about 70%! The reason the K6-III line still rockets ahead of any existing K6-2 is due to its integrated L2 cache.

Although new K6-III's have not been issued for over a year, they continue to command a premium price (which is why they have not been as successful as the K6-2). Still, if it's speed you need, you would find it a worthwhile upgrade.

If you are willing to wait a while and go for the fastest Socket-7 CPU soon available, save up for the new K6-2+ processor. While it sounds like an extension of the K6-2 family, it is more akin to the K6-III and is expected to appear at 550MHz or better, sometime before spring of this year. Stay tuned to The CPU Scorecard for the latest details when this value-priced speedster arrives.

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