Speed is everything

Question

My current MB is running a 1.8 GHZ P4 with 800 MHz RDRAM. It is 100 MHz front side bus with 400 MHz host bus speed. I am looking at at 2.5 GHz P4 with 1066 MHz RDRAM and 533 MHz front side bus. Any idea how much faster the new system will be? And will it matter, i.e. will games go faster, etc? Probably more importantly, when does blazing speed matter, outside of the obvious (heavy graphics, scientific computatiuon, etc)?

Answer

This question was answered on February 16, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Your computer seems fast enough, but that's just me (happy with my 350Mghz workhorse ) If you are heavily into games you might want to upgrade your ram to 512Megabytes I have tried both 800 and 1066 on my system and did not see any noticeable differance, and only marginal increase in my benchmarks It's all in the price, if you want to be a bleeding edge gamer and have cash to spare, then by all means.

Processor speed matters in any process that uses a lot of math related functions, such as: games, graphic rendering, music encoding and plaing, scientific computations, compilers and so on and so forth But speed is not everything when the only thing you need to do is word processing, email and internet, then you could just get one of the WallMart PCs and be happy.

Consider yourself informed,

alex.

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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 16, 2003