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The P4EE is the one with TWO MB L2.... Im pretty sure its 2MB though/...
A64's a far superior, they have a new architecture with full backwards compatibility. Intels Itainium has gay backwards compatibility, it runs like a PII 400MHz.
Yup This chart will pretty much tell you everything. http://indigo.intel.com/compare_cpu/default.aspx
I hope to get an A64 someday, not some gay Extreme Edition...
PS. I'll gladly welcome you to A64land!
Now, about cache ...
Slot P3's had 512 KB of off-chip L2 cache. If you ever opened up a slot P3, you'd see two big chips beside the soldered-on CPU. Those are the cache chips. They run at the speed of your FSB, which was 100 or 133 MHz in the P3's case.
The newer socket P3's ... those have 256 KB of L2 cache, IIRC, but it's on-chip cache. This means it's embedded into the core, and *runs at the speed of the CPU*. And that is why 256 KB of on-chip L2 is better than 512 KB of off-chip L2.
The first-generation P4's had 8 KB + 4 KB of L1 cache (I forget which of those was data vs. code cache), and 256 KB of L2. That first generation was called the "Willamette". Willamette sucked, and I pity any fool who payed an arm and a leg for it back in the day. Then came Northwood. Northwood uses a smaller process technology, and has 512 KB of L2. There is also the P4 "Extreme Edition" (IMO, "Excrement Edition"), which has 12 KB of L1, 512 KB of L2, and 2 MB of L3. This P4EE is basically a re-badged Xeon IV core.
Now, about Athlon XP's vs. Pentium 4's ...
Pentium 4's have a much deeper pipeline (20 stages) compared to Athlon XP's (10 stages). What does this mean? It means the Pentium 4 design can reach much higher clock speeds, but can't do as much as the Athlon XP per clock.
That is why the fastest P4 right now is something like 3.4 GHz, whereas the fastest Athlon-XP is 2.2 GHz (though they can overclock very easily to around 2.6). But clock speed isn't everything, because the Pentium 4 doesn't do as much per clock than the Athlon XP.
So yeah, I'm done here. This is getting boring. LOL
Why would temperature change the performance of your CPU? :P
Granted, the P4's clock-throttle when under dangerous temperatures, but it's doubtful you're reaching 80-85C.
Fish said to put the cover back on, that it affects circulation which could explain why it's taking 40 hours...
Heat won't make shit of a difference in performance. I don't see where he got his reasoning. I'll have to ask him about that one.
and when chips blow they cost a fucking fortune to replace. especially if you have to replace everything like i had to recently it cost about