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Thursday, April 13, 2006

4. Conclusion

The CT-479 Adapter is a stable, good performing solution for those that don't need heaps of CPU power, but are looking for low noise and especially low temperatures. The M processor performed at its best in our desktop system, especially with Dual Channel memory modules (something not available in standard laptop solutions).While the CT-479 was released onto the market several months ago, it remains one of the few, maybe the only adapter of its kind.

The only drawback is that it can't be installed on just any 478 motherboard. Asus has released a list of all the motherboards supporting the adapter on its website. There's also a table with the motherboards that currently support the adapter in the first page of this review, along with the BIOS version needed. The supporting list from Asus is not extensive, but Asus claims that there are more motherboards to come which will support the CT 479.

What about the installation? Since this is an adapter to accommodate a different type and technology of CPU on a different motherboard from what was originally intended, it may not be straightforward to install. Well, not true. The CT-479 is installed just like any other CPU, and in just a few simple steps, the adapter will be up and working, ready for that first boot. One thing that needs to be taken into consideration is the BIOS version that must be running on the motherboard in order for the adapter to work. As we've already said, the BIOS versions and motherboards are listed in the first page of this review.

Last but by no means least, there's a dramatic drop in temperature and noise levels which is after all, the reason you would opt for such a solution. It is the hallmark of the M series processors which are designed for notebook use.

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