I'm looking into upgrading to the P3 Tualatin(0.13) 1.266 or 1.4 Ghz 512KB cache cpus.
According to Tom's Hardware, I have a A-stepping chipset that doesn't support the pin relocation on the P3 Tualatin and therefore I need an adapter. The adapters I found are:
- Powerleap : $49.99 (Tested to work with Dimension 4100 mobo)
- Upgradeware : $29.99 (Tested to work with Dimension 4100 mobo)
- No name brands : $5-20 (Some work with 4100, some have not been tested)
So I guess I'll go with the the upgradeware adapter since it is tested to work and cheaper than the powerleap.
As for the replacement CPU, I'm considering the 1.266 or 1.4 GHz.
The reviews and benchmarks on the P3 Tualatin 1.266 512KB show that it outperforms the 1GHZ, my current cpu, by 10-20%.
But I haven't found any for the 1.4 GHz chip, but looking at the price difference between the 1.266, $72 at StarMicro and 1.4, $129 at StarMicro, it doesn't look like a <200Mhz increase is worth the near double price.
My Dell is my main and only desktop running Gentoo with Linux 2.6.x.
So what do you think? 1.266 or 1.4? StarMicro's prices are a good amount lower than the competition, is that too good ? Are they reputable enough ?
Thanks in advance
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