ASUS creates miraculous socket adapter
On Thursday, ASUSTek announced the "Upgrade
Kit CT-479" a socket adapter to outfit Socket 478 Pentium 4
motherboards with the 479 pin Pentium M processor. With these roses
come many thorns, howeverthe adapter requires a special heatsink, is
only compatible with a handful of system boards, and it doesn't work
with low-voltage processors at all. Desktop Pentium M systems may
not be new, but the ASUS adapter will significantly boost the memory
bandwidth available to the processor from a single channel of DDR333 RAM
to two channels of DDR at 400MHz.
So far, ASUS is being coy about numbers, so it remains to be seen
how much the kit will cost, or if the son of Pentium Pro will even
benefit from the additional throughput. Except we see signs and
wonders, we will not believe...