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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by NYCaribou, Apr 6, 2008.

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  1. NYCaribou

    NYCaribou Thread Starter

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    My current motherboard is an ASUS P4V8X-MX. It has the following specs:

    VIA P4M800 Chipset
    800/533/400 mhz FSB
    Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 CPU

    I have an Intel Pentium 4 CPU socket 478 running at 3 ghz.

    I am looking to upgrade to the following:

    ASUS P5LD2 R2.0
    Intel 945B Chipset
    Intel LGA775 Pentium 4 CPU
    Dual-Core CPU Ready
    1066/800/533 mhz FSB

    However, the fastest CPU's I can find available within my price range would be the following:

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor

    It has a 1066 FSB, Socket LGA 775, a 4M L2 Cache, and is a Dual-Core E6600. However, the running speed is only 2.4 GHz.

    Would this be a significant slowdown over my current speed?

    CPU's running at 3 ghz of the Core 2 Duo type would be out of my price range, and most of th em are 1333 FSB meaning I'd probably need a more advanced motherboard than what I'm planning to get.

    How much slower would the "upgrade" be given the spec comparison?

    I don't have any further specs on the type of CPU I currently have, unfortunately I've had it for quite a while and no longer have the papers for it.

    Thanks
    NYC
     
  2. ikswovrat

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    Wel what do you use your Pc for? If its multitasking in anything then the 2.4ghz will show a performance boost. if its newer games that benefit from multiprocessing then you will get a performance boost but if its older games (Couple of years) then you may see a slight decrease but not that many games... well exept for crysis are that demanding.
     
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  4. Mosquito555

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    I think he's concerned about the Conroe's 2.4Ghz speed compared to his P4 3.0 Ghz speed. Mate you don't have to worry. The Core 2 Duo is actually MUCH faster than your old P4 even if it's clock speed is lower. Differences in architecture make the Core 2 Duo perform better with lower clock speeds. As an example think that your P4 can execute one instruction per clock cycle while the Core 2 Duo can execute 4. Now do the math, 3x1=3 and 2.4x4=9.6. Well it's not exactly like that but you get the idea :) Oh, and keep in mind that the Core 2 is a dual core CPU which means ,in simple terms, that you will have 2 CPUs running and sharing the workload of your applications. Go for the upgrade you will see a big difference! :)
     
  5. maxibhoy

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    Clock speeds have virtually no bearing on the performance of the cpu. The core 2 is a MUCH more efficient chip not to mention the much lower voltage which means less heat which means more efficient and better all round performance. I don't think you'll see a decrease in any form in performance. Go for it. Max.
     
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