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PowerLeap PL-iP3/T 1.4GHz CPU Upgrade Posted November 14, 2002 EST 10:43PM by Agitator!!

Well, I finally got around to finishing this review. A company called PowerLeap aims to make the CPU upgrading path a bit easier with their line of CPU adapters. Their latest and greatest offering is the PL-iP3/T CPU Upgrade which provides modern Intel upgrades for older Slot 1 motherboards. But before you fork over you hard earned money, is this upgrade right for you? Does it make sense to put a supercharger into an aging PC? Read on to find out in our review of PowerLeap's PL-iP3/T CPU Upgrade.

Name: Jelibeli
Date: May 18, 2003 EDT 1:52PM
Comment: I'm currently on my second PL-iP3/T V2.0 1.4GHz, and I am having no joy at all. I've done all the BIOS, drivers and setting stuff, and while it starts, POSTS and gets me into Windows (98), it locks up after 20-60 minutes of Word or Explorer type stuff, and even quicker if I try anything 3D. I had one of the big sinks first, then the second one came with an Evercool copper one, but no thermal pad, and seems to flake out even faster. Everything points to overheating (the regulator chip and transistors on the adaptor card get VERY hot), but with two different sinks and on two different chips?

I think Powerleap have some way to go before it's a product I would recommend. But the RMA policy is forgiving (although I had to pay return postage to the UK agent).

In short, it doesn't seem to be compatible with every slot 1 system, although I'm puzzled why it seems to be overheating and not just failing to work.

Oh well, back to 550Mhz for me...

Name: Nobody's Hero
Date: January 25, 2003 EST 4:15AM
Comment: I had no problems installing this upgrade, it was a huge improvement over my p3 500 mhz processor. There really is no point to buying a P4 until software companies create some games and applications that actually need all that power. At 1.4Ghz and a GForce 4 you can run any game on the market and still have plenty left over to handel windows xp. When viewed in this light the upgrade is much cheaper than awhole new computer...further more if anyone actually thinks building a computer is cheaper than buying one from some large company like Dell or Gateway you are sadly mistaken.

Name: Occupant
E-mail: N/A
Date: November 17, 2002 EST 12:53PM
Comment: The ratio between FSB and internal CPU clock is a very delicate ratio, much like the gear box on a car. if the ratio is too high, you spin your wheels and get not much done (cache bubble), if on the other hand you have a low ratio, you can get more use out of cache, and thus have a better overall performace.
for example a 333mhz fsb athlon with a clock speed of 2.5GHz (7.5x) will be faster than a 266 MHz FSB athlon (9.5x)...

Name: mungler
Date: November 16, 2002 EST 2:07PM
Comment: I think it was nice not to have a review that just concentrated on what kind of stupid scores you can get out of quake 3. Whislt squeezing the little bit extra out of your purchase is something I think is very worthwhile. I believe that many tech sites are loosing site of what a review is for. You get to hear less and less about what the product is (or for) and they skip straight to overclocking it. Seen as overclocking is not an exact science and how well your particular item overclocks is sheer luck it seems pointless to devote more than one quater of a review to overclocking.

so there!

Name: Agi
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 10:47PM
Comment: Kostas, I think you might have missed the point. The benchmarks we did all pointed to the same fact...a CPU upgrade alone won't necessarily improve the overall system performance. It is really a combination of factors. It wouldn't matter if we tested it on five different platforms, the result would be the same. I ran Quake 3 benchmarks, but since they didn't tell us anything new, they were omitted. As for overclocking, that is a moot point. Since a 800MHz jumped only produced a minor performance, what good would another 100MHz prove?

Amateurs? Guilty as charged ;-)

Name: Occupant
E-mail: N/A
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 7:19PM
Comment: I dont think Overclocking on a system like this would be practicle. Hey, you just went from a p3600 to a p3 1400, and you wanna overclock? I think most poeple who'd use this upgrade path would be happy with that speed jump alone, poeple who want to overclock should buy a P4 (400MHz FSB) and PC 2700 RAM. That way you can overclock + have a computer thats stable enough to use...

Name: Kostas
E-mail: sgsdds@dgsg.dfg
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 5:42PM
Comment: Mediocre amateurs. What kind of shitty review was that? Not even a comment about overclocking or a Quake 3 score. Not even a comparison of this specific CPU/adaptor combo between M/B chipsets (e.g: 440BX and i815). Amateurs...

Name: Agi
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 4:21PM
Comment: Sorry about that Ima Fish. I cleared your duplicate posts. It's actually not our bandwidth, but rather the news program we use. Instead of just updating this page, for some unknown reason, it updates every frickin' news page! The NewsPro website is no longer operating so we can't any support. When we finish the site design (really, we will finish it), then we are going to go to a PHP-based news program.

Name: Occupant
E-mail: N/A
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 3:22PM
Comment: I tend to agree with you, that anyone with a system this old should just buy a P4 (or AMD XP) and be done with it... now that can cost 400 to $500, (Motherboard, CPU, RAM & PSU, maybe) but for the terminally cheap, I guess this is the way to go. Iam glad to hear the company has a generous RMA policy and seemed plesant to deal with.

Name: Ima Fish
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 1:08PM
Comment: I'd appolgize about posting three times, but it's not my fault. The site must be having trouble because it kept timing out on me. Get more bandwidth guys!!!

Name: Ima Fish
Date: November 15, 2002 EST 12:57PM
Comment: I recently bought one of those PL-iP3/T CPU upgrades. The directions were useless due to the number of possible mother board combinations, which means that a newbie would never have been able to get it to work. After about a 1/2 hour I got it to work at the correct clock speed. But a couple days later I started having problems. The built in fan was no longer working. It worked when plugged into the motherboard, but not when plugged into Powerleap's unit. But worse of all, the chip was burned out due to the lack of a fan.

However, the return policy was fantastic. They even paid for the cost of shipping to send it back for my refund.

I also want to point out that not only is the fan huge, but it is VERY loud!!!

I think the cost of buying a new motherboard, CPU and memory is well worth it when compared to the price of the PL-iP3/T. They may cost more, but you're getting much more overall performance. And like you say, it would be impossible for someone without experience to install the PL-iP3/T, and anyone with enough experience, would simply choose a real upgrade. Even as an ex-customer, I don't see much of a market for it.

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