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     The PowerLeap PL-iP3/T™ is a patented processor upgrade for Slot-1 Pentium-II, Pentium-III and Celeron systems and motherboards.  With the PL-iP3/T™, such systems can reach speeds up to 1.26 GHz, depending on their maximum front-side bus (FSB) speeds.  The PL-iP3/T™ uses the latest genuine Intel FC-PGA2 processors featuring the new "Tualatin" core, with enhanced L2 cache size and other optimizations not available in previous Pentium-III or Celeron processors.

Technical Highlights:
  Supports the latest .13 micron Intel "Tualatin" processors, including the 1.2 GHz Celeron with 256K L2 cache and Data Prefetch Logic.
  Auto-configures the CPU voltage and frontside bus.
  Supports the "Tualatin" 1.45, 1.475, and 1.5 VCORE requirement even on motherboards that don't natively support these voltages.
  Integrated high-capacity switching VRM.
  Meets Voltage Regulator Module (VRM) specifications 8.5, 8.4, 8.3, 8.2, and 8.1.
  Patented Independent Power Source (IPS™) technology bypasses motherboard's VRM.
  Power-on LED.
  On-board cooling fan power connector.
  Arctic Silver 3 polysynthetic Thermal Compound.
  Includes a removable retention cartridge.
  supports dual-processing (SMP) for the Pentium-III-S processor.

Bob Matthews Shows How to Install the PL-iP3/T in a Dell Dimension XPS-R

Solid looking unit! Note the locking tabs for slot retention.

     The PL-iP3/T appears to be solid and well made. The retaining mechanism is identical to the one on the Deschutes P2-400MHz processor that originally came in my Dimension XPS-R400. Once the unit is seated in the CPU slot, you just pop the retaining "ears" outward, locking the unit into the slot guides. The power lead can be used with a spare internal power plug, but can also be "daisy-chained" with an existing IDE device, in case you have no unused power connectors left.

Good quality Intel heatsink/fan, too...

     The "working side" of the PL-iP3/T shows a good cooling system, with a substantial aluminum heatsink topped with an Intel fan. While earlier prototypes used a different fan that was reported to be a bit on the noisy side, the Intel fan runs very quietly. I haven't tried overclocking the unit, but the cooling system looks like it should be up to the task.

The Coppermine Pentium III, ready for removal

     Here's the "old" Coppermine P3 processor, ready to be removed from my XPS-R. No retention mechanism was used, other than a good, firm seating in the CPU motherboard slot. Note that the fan lead (yellow & green wires) is still attached to a connector on the mobo, and needs to be disconnected before pulling the CPU.

Lift firmly straight up....

     After disconnecting the fan, its just a matter of lifting STRAIGHT UP on the processor to remove it. For a tight slot fit, it may be necessary to gently rock the processor lengthwise while pulling up. Don't forget to remove/loosen any slot retention mechanism that may be in place on your particular machine.

     For a "stock" Dimension XPS-R, the old Deschutes P2 CPU has a large brass-colored passive heatsink with a plastic retaining clip that must be removed first. And don't forget to pop the two retaining "ears" inward at either end of the top of the P2 processor module before lifting it out.

Power lead attached to the unit & ready to install

     Here's the PL-iP3/T with the power lead attached to the connector on the adapter board. Note the double connector, with both "male" and "female" ends. If you have a spare power lead in your PC, you just need to plug it into the female connection. But if your power leads are all in use, just pull one out of it's existing device and attach it to the female connector. The male end then goes into the device you just disconnected.

Seat the rig firmly in the CPU slot

     Align the PL-ip3/T with the slot guides and get the edge connector started in the mobo CPU slot. Then push firmly STRAIGHT DOWN. Again, a bit of gentle end-to-end rocking will facilitate full seating in a tight slot. For the slot guides used in my XPS-R, the locking ears at either end of the top of the PowerLeap module fit perfectly, and popping them outward locked the rig into the slot nicely.

     Such was NOT the case on my AX6BC system (not shown), which used a different slot guide design. But the PowerLeap fit tightly enough that retention didn't appear to be a concern.

Connect the power lead and you're ready to run!

     This photo shows the PL-iP3/T now fully installed and ready for power-up. Note that I have used the "daisy chain" connection method here, connecting the female end of the double-ended connector to a system power lead and the male end to my internal ZIP drive. Okey-doke, ready to hit the power button!!

 

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