I was able to revive an old 1998 computer by putting FreeBSD on it. It runs ok, but sometimes it is slow. I was wondering, what is the fastest processor from 1998? I know they are cartridges, not like the regular processors that we have today. Is there some sort of device, like an adapter, that will allow me to plug a modern processor into a 1998 computer? If a device doesn't exist, what is the fastest processor from back then? Right now I have the Pentium 2. I'm not really sure if there is a Pentium 3 or 4. Any suggestions would be a great help.
"Cartridge" and "Pentium" from 1998 means you've got a Slot 1-based processor. In order to figure out what CPU is best, you need to figure out which chipset the mainboard has.
- If it's an Intel 440FX, 440LX, or 440EX, the fastest CPU you can use is a 333MHz Pentium II
- If it's an Intel 440BX, Intel 440ZX, Via Apollo Pro or Pro+, the fastest CPU you can use is a 1GHz Pentium III
- If it's an Intel 820, Intel 820E, Via Apollo Pro 133, or Via Apollo Pro 133A, you've got two options for the fastest: the aforementioned 1GHz Pentium III, or a 1.4GHz Socket 370 Pentium III installed with the use of a slotket.
You can't use a modern CPU in an old computer.