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Pentium D vs. Pentium 4

by vox / October 24, 2005 5:03 AM PDT

Advantages? Disadvantages? FOr general computer use.

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by byker49 / October 24, 2005 5:50 AM PDT

Pentium 4 good for general use. For general use you could also use a Pentium 3. If you are a "general" user a P4 should be more than enough.

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Vox, Are You Building This Machine?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 24, 2005 6:20 AM PDT

If so, be cautious to get the correct motherboard. Read the writeups at the links below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_D

http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20050405/

Just my opinion here....

The basic advantage will be speed in the PD but generally only on those programs that are written for dual processor systems such as graphics, etc.. Many games don't support the dual core system and will run much the same as a single processor unit. Recognize also that two processors make more heat than one processor. Cooling of the machine is a priority. The memory for the dual-core unit is also unique and at this point, I haven't seen prices or availability.

The standard P4 will be cheaper, it supports Hyperthreading technology where the current standard PD doesn't,(Only the Extreme Edition supports HT) and I believe it has a wider range of supported programs that will run.

So depending on what you mean by "general use", the P4 should suit your needs. On the other hand, if you're one of those who does a LOT of multi-tasking..multiple windows open and programs running at the same time, then the Pentium D would be your best choice.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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by vox / October 24, 2005 7:33 AM PDT

Thanks- loads of terrific information. Big help!!

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