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deathjester
02.02.2004 - 12:27
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Been a while since i looked at hardware ( i dont follow it that much these days).

What is the story with the prescotts though?

Talk about giving AMD a free kick at the title.

*cough* arun brign your magic and enlighten me
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richard
02.02.2004 - 13:16
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Well benchmarks indicate that the Prescott is going to be slower GHz-for-GHz than the P4 Northwood.

Go figure!

But basically it's the next-gen processor utilising a 90nm process as opposed to the current 130nm/110nm(?) one. It's going to be hot, too. In fact, VERY hot. Every touched a 100W lightbulb? It's likely to be hotter.
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deathjester
02.02.2004 - 17:02
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so its at the bottom end of development for the 'new' tech its based on.

ok that kinda makes sense.

sounds liek a repeat of p3 -> p4 history
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arun
02.02.2004 - 18:23
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The leaked benches show it was faster in super pi clock for clock than a northwood, but superpi could be making use of the extra cache (as some other apps will do).

It may well be that prescott is faster clock for clock than northwood in a variety of apps despite the pipeline increase, but we won't have conclusive evidence if its good or stinks until the NDA is lifted.

Prescott will be released in socket 478 format at 2.8/3.0/3.2/3.4

In Q2 however it will be released at 3.6Ghz on socket 775 with grantsdale and alderwood mobos which support DDR2, pci express, ICH6 etc..

It will probably be better to buy it on socket 775, if your computer is a little sluggish and you want rid of it wait till its released then you can decide if you should just get a northwood, or get a prescott or an A64/FX although they have there own issues with new mobos and a socket change.

Some review links at the following

http://www.anandtech.com
http://www.tech-report.com
http://www.lostcircuits.com
http://www.extremetech.com
http://www.xbitlabs.com
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richard
03.02.2004 - 09:10
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Yeah I can't see the point in going for the socket 478 since it will be superseded by the 775 before too long. Foot, shot, etc.

Won't socket 775 require a new BTX motherboard format and power supply, etc. too? Sounds like it will be a costly upgrade if/when you decide to.

Oh, also it's likely to be a 64bit jobby too I believe..?
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nelson
03.02.2004 - 09:29
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Dis' the future: >click<
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deathjester
03.02.2004 - 18:39
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we're in one of them lot-of-new-stuff-rapid phases again.

I'm not buying a damn thing till its over.
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