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How important is FSB?

by markus8174 / April 2, 2008 11:50 PM PDT

I am debating between two new systems and could use some help. One has a Intel Pentium D 935 3.2GHz with 800FSB, the other ($60.more) has a Intel Pentium E6550 2.3GHz with 1333FSB. I am not a power user or a gamer but am looking for reliability for general home use. All other factors equal is the faster FSB worth dropping 1GHz in speed and $60. more?

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It's just one factor.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2008 12:53 AM PDT
In reply to: How important is FSB?

For the effect you need to build the system with one, then the other and then run benchmarks only changing that value. For most of us the effect is small. Plus for gaming I can put the dollars for higher FSB into a better GPU and could declare it the winner for gaming. However it might not transcode video (video editing!) as fast.

What's the goal?

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3.2GHz is slower than 2.3GHz.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2008 1:53 AM PDT
In reply to: It's just one factor.

You need to find a site like Tomshardware that has CPU benchmarks. It's not funny that the C2D will race away from the older P4.

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it's a no-brainer
by ramarc / April 3, 2008 1:46 AM PDT
In reply to: How important is FSB?

the core2duo (not pentium) e6550 is 50%+ faster (yes 50% faster!) than the pentium d. they have different architectures so the clock speeds are not directly comparable. it's definitely worth the $60!

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The future
by Willy / April 3, 2008 3:33 AM PDT
In reply to: How important is FSB?

The C2D cpus are simply going to be the cpu to have. Older single core cpus are on the way out. Overall, you'll do better with the C2D as it the later cpu release and becomes the norm(it has). On top of all the other info provided, that cpu with Vista(if used) will greatly benefit from it. What Intel giveth, MS taketh away has been proved over and over again. Of course, you'll need to verify your mtrbd. or system can install whatever cpu is brought.

enjoy -----Willy Happy

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