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Northwood or Prescott

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by loonatic, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. loonatic

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    Looking to get a P4 3.4GHz CPU but which model ?

    Northwood or Prescott :confused:

    On paper the Prescott should be best but I'm sure I've heard that some people prefer the older Northwood.

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    Northwood, prescott runs hotter and for a HTPC that's bad news. To be honest you might as well get a 3.0Ghz northwood and overclock it to 3.4ghz (easy peasy) and save some cash, probably won't need any extra voltage on the CPU to do that and will definitely run cooler thant he prescott.

    Cheers
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    Northwood, definitely.

    Prescott is actually slower for many applications. It's like the original pentiums, they sucked until the clock speeds ramped up above 100Mhz. The original 60Mhz pentiums were slower than fast 486s!

    Basically the architecture is in place ready for higher speed versions, and at low speeds it's actually a hinderance...AND they're too hot.
     
  4. loonatic

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    Thanks for confirming what I had thought :smashin:

    Never been keen on overclocking Andy, but I'll see what the price difference is.

    Looks like I'll be getting me a nice new Northwood then.

    Cheers, Lee
     

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