dell dimension 8300, prescott or northwood?

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Hi,

I bought a Dell Dimension 8300 two weeks ago and I would like to know
if the CPU is a Northwood or a Prescott. How can I find this out?

Thanks,

Richard
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    Check the cache size (should be reported in BIOS). Northwood is 512K;
    Prescott is 1M.

    Though the Prescott has a larger cache, it also has longer internal
    pipelines - the Northwood, though older, is a faster CPU.


    "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    news:7kbsc.7785$tb4.273043@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I bought a Dell Dimension 8300 two weeks ago and I would like to know
    > if the CPU is a Northwood or a Prescott. How can I find this out?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Richard
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.com> wrote in message
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    > Check the cache size (should be reported in BIOS). Northwood is 512K;
    > Prescott is 1M.
    >
    > Though the Prescott has a larger cache, it also has longer internal
    > pipelines - the Northwood, though older, is a faster CPU.
    >

    <snip>


    What Edward said. Additionally, I don't believe Dell is offering the
    Prescott just yet. Only the EE edition on the XPS and Northwoods on the
    other Dimension systems (as well as the Celeron).

    Check the "details" or "tech specs" or "tell me more" tabs on the CPU
    choices for the 8300 at dell.com....


    Stew
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    How can I check cache size in the BIOS?

    Thanks,

    Richard

    "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.com> wrote in message
    news:LEbsc.211$Pe6.83@newssvr33.news.prodigy.com...
    > Check the cache size (should be reported in BIOS). Northwood is 512K;
    > Prescott is 1M.
    >
    > Though the Prescott has a larger cache, it also has longer internal
    > pipelines - the Northwood, though older, is a faster CPU.
    >
    >
    >
    > "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > news:7kbsc.7785$tb4.273043@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > I bought a Dell Dimension 8300 two weeks ago and I would like to
    know
    > > if the CPU is a Northwood or a Prescott. How can I find this out?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > Richard
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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    > How can I check cache size in the BIOS?
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Richard

    <snip>

    Highlight "CPU information" and press "enter". Cache should be listed there
    as well as external/internal clock speeds.
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    I have had my 8300 Prescott for almost 3 months! I also have just setup 12
    Northwoods 8300s.So,Dell offers both.I purchase through the SB division,the
    home division might not offer the Prescott.The Northwoods is not faster in
    all areas.I have a 3.2 Prescott and a 3.2 Northwoods.The Prescott is about
    10% faster in video encoding! It is not the cpu for playing games!The
    Northwoods is about 5% faster there.
    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote in message
    news:Cxcsc.19980$3W1.15374@bignews6.bellsouth.net...
    >
    > "Edward J. Neth" <ejn63@netscape.com> wrote in message
    > news:LEbsc.211$Pe6.83@newssvr33.news.prodigy.com...
    > > Check the cache size (should be reported in BIOS). Northwood is 512K;
    > > Prescott is 1M.
    > >
    > > Though the Prescott has a larger cache, it also has longer internal
    > > pipelines - the Northwood, though older, is a faster CPU.
    > >
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    >
    > What Edward said. Additionally, I don't believe Dell is offering the
    > Prescott just yet. Only the EE edition on the XPS and Northwoods on the
    > other Dimension systems (as well as the Celeron).
    >
    > Check the "details" or "tech specs" or "tell me more" tabs on the CPU
    > choices for the 8300 at dell.com....
    >
    >
    > Stew
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Douglas" <.> wrote in message news:aa2dnbKYIfxa9CzdRVn_iw@centurytel.net...
    >I have had my 8300 Prescott for almost 3 months! I also have just setup 12
    > Northwoods 8300s.So,Dell offers both.I purchase through the SB
    > division,the
    > home division might not offer the Prescott.The Northwoods is not faster in
    > all areas.I have a 3.2 Prescott and a 3.2 Northwoods.The Prescott is about
    > 10% faster in video encoding! It is not the cpu for playing games!The
    > Northwoods is about 5% faster there.

    <snip>


    So I see (
    http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/dimen_8300?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd )
    .. Thanks.

    Any heat issues at all with the Prescotts (especially using a passive
    heatsink) ?


    Stew
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    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > news:4Ucsc.11524$sr3.155015@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > > How can I check cache size in the BIOS?
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > Richard
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > Highlight "CPU information" and press "enter". Cache should be listed
    there
    > as well as external/internal clock speeds.
    >
    I do not understand your answer. Where do I go to highlight CPU
    information? When I open my computer, I see the bios loading but I do not
    know how to get in there to find the info I want.

    Thanks,

    Richard
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    "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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    >
    > "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote in message
    > news:jidsc.25095$YB6.5214@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
    >>
    >> "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    >> news:4Ucsc.11524$sr3.155015@news20.bellglobal.com...
    >> > How can I check cache size in the BIOS?
    >> >
    >> > Thanks,
    >> >
    >> > Richard
    >>
    >> <snip>
    >>
    >> Highlight "CPU information" and press "enter". Cache should be listed
    > there
    >> as well as external/internal clock speeds.
    >>
    > I do not understand your answer. Where do I go to highlight CPU
    > information? When I open my computer, I see the bios loading but I do not
    > know how to get in there to find the info I want.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Richard
    >
    >


    F2 at the Dell splash screen. Tap the key once or twice and you're in. CPU
    info should be about halfway down the page. You can use your arrow keys to
    highlight it, then press enter for details.

    Stew
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    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote:

    >"Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote

    >> "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote

    >>> "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote

    >>> > How can I check cache size in the BIOS?

    >>>Highlight "CPU information" and press "enter". Cache should be listed there
    >>>as well as external/internal clock speeds.

    >> I do not understand your answer. Where do I go to highlight CPU
    >> information? When I open my computer, I see the bios loading but I do not
    >> know how to get in there to find the info I want.

    >F2 at the Dell splash screen. Tap the key once or twice and you're in. CPU
    >info should be about halfway down the page. You can use your arrow keys to
    >highlight it, then press enter for details.

    Am I the only one wondering how Richard can be so interested in
    whether or not the D8300 is "Prescott" or "Northwood", seemingly
    indicating he is knowledgeable on "Wintel" PC and CPU
    intricacies, yet does not know how to check his BIOS info and
    settings?

    I never remember the Fn function key thing, but on /every/
    "Wintel" PC I have owned/used in the last 20+ years, hitting the
    Delete key during the initial part of boot-up has always entered
    the BIOS menu - regardless of what function key has also been
    assigned to do the same by whoever supplied the BIOS.
    --
    OJ III
    [Email sent to Yahoo address is burned before reading.
    Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]
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    "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > news:Nvmsc.9963$tb4.433352@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > >
    > > "S.Lewis" <stew1960@mail.com> wrote in message
    > > news:jidsc.25095$YB6.5214@bignews3.bellsouth.net...
    > >>
    > >> "Richard" <superricky@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
    > >> news:4Ucsc.11524$sr3.155015@news20.bellglobal.com...
    > >> > How can I check cache size in the BIOS?
    > >> >
    > >> > Thanks,
    > >> >
    > >> > Richard
    > >>
    > >> <snip>
    > >>
    > >> Highlight "CPU information" and press "enter". Cache should be listed
    > > there
    > >> as well as external/internal clock speeds.
    > >>
    > > I do not understand your answer. Where do I go to highlight CPU
    > > information? When I open my computer, I see the bios loading but I do
    not
    > > know how to get in there to find the info I want.
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > >
    > > Richard
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
    > F2 at the Dell splash screen. Tap the key once or twice and you're in.
    CPU
    > info should be about halfway down the page. You can use your arrow keys
    to
    > highlight it, then press enter for details.
    >
    > Stew
    >
    Thanks! It worked. I have a 512 kbl L2 cache size which means that it is a
    Northwood. It is funny because Prescott has been on the market since
    February and they still sell Northwood.

    Richard
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