On upgrading to Prescott processors
The cold, HardOCP has some cold, hard facts on upgrading to new "Prescott" Pentium 4 processors with current motherboards. We have been wondering whether the latest mobos you can buy today will support the new P4s, and the OCP has lots of good info that points to some tentative answers. There's also plenty of dish on the new P4s themselves:
First let’s cover the Prescott basics that we discovered so far. We will classify most of this as rumor since Intel has not publicly substantiated any of this, but much of what is described below has been verified by many different sources. As it has been publicly discussed by more than a few websites, Intel's new Prescott processor will be making its debut in early February 2004. We will likely see CPUs built on the new 90 nanometer process scaling from the mid-2GHz range utilizing a 533MHz bus to 3.4GHz running on a 800MHz bus, with “Extreme Edition” CPUs rounding out the top of the pack.