Well im hardly an expert but id drop the Intel one right away. In all the tests iv read AMD comes out on top except for some video encoding tasks. Amongst the others, the more cache the better I suppose but i couldnt really advise you.
mhm, i thought it myself also, that the more cache the better, but then I read an article where was sayed that Clawhammer HAS more cache BUT Newcastle is newer technology + it is 200mhz faster and that makes up for the cache and even more. Although it is confusing that the shop that sells em in my area has a info page that claims that Newcastle is also 2000Mhz but i already sent em a mail asking about it ... So .. WHAT should i CHOOSE though question
If you plan on keeping the computer for 5years I would go with the winchester socket939, it is clocked slightly slower than the newcastle but will overclock a lot better (thats if you want to overclock) also socket 939 will be around for a while, socket754 is not going to be used for much longer.
However if you dont want to overclock and dont plan on getting upgrading the CPU in the next few years get the newcastle.
The clawhammer has a larger cache at the cost of reduced clock speed.
The Newcastle s754 has the best price/performance ratio on the street for someone who doesn't plan to upgrade their CPU or vid card in the short term. If you plan on keeping this computer as is until you buy/build your next computer, then I think your best bet is the Newcastle 3200+. The s939 chips seem to have a lot larger potential for OCing, but it takes other higher quality components to do it successfull - i.e. better memory, PSU, system cooling. It also takes getting a specific CPU that tolerates OCing well and you'll find that getting that perfect CPU for OCing can be hit and miss.
The s939 is clocked 200Mhz slower than a similarly rated s754 - a s754 3000+ is 2.0Ghz and the s939 3000Mhz is 1.8Ghz. The advantage to the s939 is dual channel memory and mobos that have PCIe. The dual channel memory does not overcome the 200Mhz disadvantage. Actually, a s754 Newcastle 3000+ should be as fast as a s939 Winchester 3200+ and the Winnie costs $80 more here in the states!
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I noticed you mentioned cache, well, the new P4's are slower in most applications than the previous version, even though they have 2x as much cache. The newer version has a deeper pipeline that takes longer to respond.
Considering that these newer P4's (with a core named Prescott) also run extremely hot, they're a bad deal for nearly anyone.
If you're the kind of person who replaces whole systems rather than upgrades the CPU, I'd suggest the Socket 754 processors are a good option, and higher frequency beats more cache.
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