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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by IBwebin, Feb 8, 2003.

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  1. IBwebin

    IBwebin Thread Starter

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    Hi, Folks! I'm not sure this question is appropriate to this forum, but it's Hardware. I just purchased a new E Machines T2460 Computer. Specs. are: 2400+ AMD Athlon XP Processor....60 GB Hard Drive. Can someone tell me how this compares with, say, a Pentium 3 For processor speed?


    THANX!!!!!
     
  2. Alex Ethridge

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    Processor for processor, AMD is every bit as good as Intel.

    Thunderbird/XP is equal in performance to Pentium/Pentium 4

    Duron is, in my opinion, better than Celeron; and, I am not alone in this. Check with Tom's Hardware.

    The overall performance of any machine is determined by more than the processor. Any time you buy a name-brand pre-built machine, you're getting a pig-in-a-poke for a main board, a hard disk, memory and other critical components.

    Case in point: Just this week, a lady brought me her 1.2-Gigahertz HP machine with a bad hard disk. It will be a year old in April and is, therefore, less than a year old. HP would not send a replacement hard disk. They wanted to send a "reconditioned" entire computer. Having done this already less than a year ago, she refused, said "To Hell with HP" and told me to fix it. I removed the substandard Samsung, 5400-RPM hard disk with insufficient cache and installed a Western Digital, 7200-RPM drive with 2 Megs of cache.

    Long story short, that customer has called me twice to thank me for her "upgraded, faster machine", (her words). She expressed to me she had no idea how much faster a computer could be just by changing hard disks and how glad she is that she didn't let HP put another second-rate hard disk in. She said the difference in performance is dramatic.

    This is just one component, and others can be just as important in performance.

    Now, the reason I go to so much trouble to explain this is that Intel has succeeded in convincing the American computer consumer that processor speed, measured in Megahertz, is the be-all and end-all in computer speed and performance. That simply isn't true. The processor is important; but, only one component among many and no more important in overall performance than the main board or hard disk--or even memory.
     
  3. IBwebin

    IBwebin Thread Starter

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    Thank You Alex! I know much more now. I think I'll take a peek inside this thing tomorrow, and check out the HD! When I go to get a new "toy", I'll look at faster hard drives..........and more memory.............
     
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