Lets put some reality back into the result....

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Subject: Lets put some reality back into the result....
Name: ludicrous
Date: 11/2/2001 1:23:14 PM (GMT-7)
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In Reply to: Lets put some reality back into the equation..... posted by Celstk855

I was actually thinking in terms of the i845/SDRAM when I made some of those comments, my mistake. P4/SDRAM performance is absolutely awful.

In terms of actual performance, looking back through the AnandTech review of the VIA P4X266 chipset the P4/DDR sometimes equals or slightly trails the performance of P4/DRDRAM and sometimes trails it, other times it about splits the difference between SDRAM and DRDRAM.

However, the Athlon XP 1800+ (1.53GHz) with DDR roughly equals or just barely trails the P4-2.0GHz/DRDRAM combination, so the price/performance ratio for the Athlon XP is excellent at the high end and if you want to split hairs and compare clock-for-clock, the Athlon XP absolutely trounces the P4 in most popular consumer applications, not just RC5!

I really don't "get" your comparison about resale value. If I need a good vehicle for daily commuting, I'm not going to be suckered into buying somebody's massively overpriced $38,000 lawn tractor over a $25,000 sports sedan just because when I'm ready to change vehicles again, some OTHER sucker will give me more for the tractor than for the car.

What do you mean "didn't have to buy a fan"? The P4 is no icebox either, have you looked at Intel's specified heatsink for that sucker? You could melt it down and re-cast it into a small-block V8

Btw I'm not sure what measure you're using to claim "30% CPU utilization", but I can assure you that during gaming, video editing, and any other system-intensive task, your CPU utilization (not net system resource use) is going up near the maximum even if your NET usage is around 30%. The faster CPU WILL turn out data quicker or operate smoother or whatever. The CPU is not a per-se "gauged" resource, although you CAN make the argument that if you buy a processor faster than your needs now, it will give you a longer service life.

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