604e ZIF from IBM in a ZIF riser board ?

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Hmm, I remember some time ago reading someone's blog about running a PowerPC 604 zif from some various IBM PowerPC workstation (RS/6000 series or something another) in the slot in a Beige G3. He was successful but performance was not that impressive (no way to get L2 cache on there). I never heard anything else.

So, I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to do so on a Powermac with a ZIF-riser upgrade card installed (in order to use the L2 cache on the motherboard). I myself have searched to get a hold of the chip itself but it seems to always just be included with whole motherboard (usually $200+ for a good 375MHz or so chip). I can't possibly be the only one that found that mildly interesting.


Macbook Pro 2.5GHz i5 / 16GB / SSD / eGPU GTX 960
Powerbase 360MHz G3 / 160MB / 80GB ATA / Radeon 7200

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Re: 604e ZIF from IBM in a ZIF riser board ?

I could only find a single 200mhz 604E on ebay

Might be tempted to try it if I ran across a faster 604 for cheap. As is I have a lot of G3 and ZIF cards on hand