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Old 09-13-2006, 01:25 PM   #1
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I currently have a P4 extreme Edition HT 3.4ghz non-overclocked. Will i notice a night and day difference with one of the new Core Duo 2 processors?

Yes I read Core Duo 2 blows p4 away but anyone here actually have one and compared?
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Old 09-13-2006, 01:32 PM   #2
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well when i went froma AMD 64 3700+ 1mb to a AMD X2 4400+ 2mb there was a driffrence but not a night and day... if its running fast enuff for you now and does every thing u need then dont wates the money.

But if your like me, then every speed incress counts
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The EE chips are very fast. You may notice a gain when doing a lot of multitasking with the Dual core chip. My AMD 3800 dual core can do a great deal of multitasking with a lot of apps open.
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One thing i did see incress in speed alot if Resizing Alot of Pics at one time and Video editing is faster not.
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One question, what do you use your computer for?

Unless you say extensive 3D rendering, or compression of large video files, or some other massively CPU intensive task, it'* hugely not worth the money.

My AMD single core, 32 bit 2600+ is still an awesome computer. Albeit I also have a dual core 64 bit 3800+, AND a Core Duo laptop which is equivalent to about a 4400+ and honestly the times I notice the laptop being faster are rare.

99% of the population should be investing their CPU money into high end hard drives, that'* when you can genuinely say, "Wow, that money was worth it"

Instead spend $350 on some 10k or 15K ULTA160 SCSIs, stickm' in RAID 0 and notice a real difference. Or for simplicity just get some WD Raptor'*, less overhead cost than SCSI drives, not as fast, but still worthwhile.

Big difference between a 12ms and a 3.5ms seek time!

(Ok, so that was partly a rant over the new Core2s and people being obsessed with them.)
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aCiD- X2 to that

Thats whyt i have two SATA 2 160gigs ina Raid 0, thats where all the speed comes from
also 2GB of memory helps alot!
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Like I >AM< a person who does lots of CPU intensive stuff, but I just don't do it THAT often to justify expensive processors and new boards.

I got dual (RAID0) 36GB 10k Ulta160 SCSIs on my main workstation. And my AMD 2600+ has dual SATA 120s on RAID0.

Since all my stuff is kept on the rather volatile RAID0 setups (as reliable as SCSIs are...) I also keep a tape backup of my main systems.

1GB of RAM is mandatory nowadays, you really have to be a reasonably serious user to need 2GB. When I get into Photoshop pretty hardcore I can get up to needing 3.5GB at times , but again, too expensive and not needed often enough to justify.
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My Pentium D (dual core) 3ghz performs pretty well with 2gig ram for Pro/E. Everything else is quick work for it.
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Fast HD'* are definitly a good choice. I have a 74GB Raptor that runs at 10,000 RPM. Quite a noticeable difference over the standard 7200 RPM drives.
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My current specs are as follows but I keep hearing this Core Duo 2 is so amazing. Thank for all the replies.

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