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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by SanduneCC, Sep 1, 2004.
I'm looking at Pentium 4 CPUs and apparently there are these two flavors. Which one do I choose?
Actually, there's 3 differenct varieties, including the Extreme Edition. Which is best is a question of what applications you plan to use it for and how much you want to spend.
what are the differences among them?
I'm planning to build a super duper home/photoshop computer based on P4 3.0GHz or so. No games, no overclock.
Say I go with a P4 3.0 whatever the flavor, what MB do you recommend? My two candidates are:
Asus P4C800 Deluxe
Abit IC7-G MaxII (or is it MaxIII now?)
P4 Northwood only has 512 on die cache memory.
P4 Prescott has 1 Meg on die cache memory.
Prescott runs hotter.
Those are both great motherboards. Try an asus P4C800E-deluxe
I just got an Abit IC7G (MaxII). Great board.
Also the Prescott has longer instruction pipelines so it runs a TAD slower than the equivalent Northwood. For example a 3.2GHz Prescott performs roughly the same as a 3.0GHz Northwood, on paper anyways. I have owned both (currently running a 2.8GHz Prescott at 3.4GHz), and in benchmarks my previous 2.6GHz Northwood creams my 2.8GHz Prescott. In reality, I did not notice a difference, UNTIL I overclocked it.
I second the vote for the Asus board!
Also, you should know that the temperature difference between the Northwood and Prescott isn't real big; only about 4C to 7C under full load. However, I should point out that my case cost over $100 w/o PSU and has a half-dozen cooling fans installed; your temps, should you set this rig up in a smaller, less-breezy case would obviously be higher. Maybe by a lot...
If you get the Asus board you can run any of the procs listed here; many older MOBO's have issues with Prescott and Extreme Ed. CPU's due to the extra wattage these chips require. You can see the results of a test of this phenomenon here.
A lot of old boards will not boot at all with a Scotty or EE in place!
I chose the 2.8E and have not regretted it; I do a lot of gaming along with other intensive apps like video editing.
If you want to spend over $500, get an Extreme. Otherwise, a C class (NW) will serve you just as well as a Prescott.
Clock for clock Northwood outperforms Prescott at the same speed under 3.6 GHz. After that Prescott starts winning the battles because it scales much better.