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P4 3.06 vs Wolfdale DualCore 2.5

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February 9, 2009 1:50:21 PM

Curious to know what any of your opinions are regarding the comparison between my current CPU (P4 519 3.06) and the one I would like to 'upgrade' to (Wolfdale DualCore 2.5) if that is even an upgrade at all. Probably sounds stupid, but I'm not sure if the Wolfdale would be any faster than my current one due to the Ghz difference.

Current P4 Reference (Came from my last stock computer) :

Wolfdale Reference :

Thanks for any of your time.

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February 9, 2009 2:08:24 PM

A 2.5 wolfdale would definitely be an upgrade for you. I went from a P4 3.0 to a dual core e6400 @ 2.13 and noticed a big difference.

Frequency isn't everything with modern CPUs...architecture is just as (or more) important. The wolfdale is a dual core processor so you essentially have two processors running at 2.5gHz.
February 9, 2009 2:15:49 PM

Wolfdale is certainly faster.

I would check with HP Support on supported CPUs though, the socket can take it but system builders are notorious for blocking upgrade paths as they get more money from you buying a new rig.
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February 9, 2009 2:22:02 PM

It would be a pretty significant upgrade. Core 2 Duos get roughly twice the work done at the same clock rate compared to a P4.

Check to see if your motherboard needs a BIOS update first (if your mobo can support one at all).

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Yeah you're going to need a new motherboard.
February 9, 2009 4:11:49 PM

Should've mentioned that earlier, I upgraded everything else that I'm using but stuck with the old CPU. My current motherboard is a Gigabyte G31M-ES2L which I'm certain supports the Wolfdale. Appreciate the feedback.
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February 9, 2009 5:05:12 PM

the wolfdales are MONSTER dual cores. do not underestimate the speed based on frequency - note AMD vs. Intel performance vs. frequency.

i think of it like this:
wolfdales are to dual cores as the i7 is to quad cores.
February 9, 2009 5:28:39 PM

To put this simply.. the Wolfdale is the equivalent of TWO 5Ghz P4's
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February 9, 2009 5:30:46 PM

im not sure about the 5 gig number but as far as stability with overclock in mind - the wolfdales eat P4s for dinner. its like comparing a celeron to an equal frequency wolfdale - the wolfdale computes faster clock for clock than the celeron does.
February 9, 2009 5:41:55 PM

no contest :( 

wolfdale >>>>> p4

February 9, 2009 5:46:45 PM

g31 is similar to g33/p35

so i would imagine it should support wolfdale cpus, just check the compatibility list for your mobo

a CPU upgrade would make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your case..the core (core/core2) architecture is VASTLY superior to P4's netburst

you should be able to OC that wolfdale a bit as well with even the stock cooler, maybe get it at 2.8 or so easily

i have an e8400 (3ghz stock) at 3.84ghz, its the big man on the block
February 9, 2009 9:23:17 PM

Haha, alright. I know what I'm going to do then, the feedback has been beyond helpful - as usual. Thanks.
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February 9, 2009 10:56:36 PM

The single-core Pentium 4 model 519 uses 90nm die technology,
a 1MB L2 cache and a 533MHz FSB. Thermal Design Power is 84 Watts:

The dual-core E5200 uses 45nm die technology,
a 2MB L2 cache and an 800 MHz FSB. TDP is only 65 Watts:

So, comparing the two is like comparing apples and oranges :) 

imho, the E8400 is far better than both of the above: