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February 19, 2001 4:52:59 PM

Another CPU poll, those last dozen really didn't do it for me.

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February 19, 2001 5:00:26 PM

My god, I never thought I'd say this BUT...

I'm with you on this one.
February 19, 2001 5:19:03 PM

I don't know but I'm pretty sure one of my duals system can kink that powerbox's a$$.

<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by AmdMeltdown on 02/19/01 02:20 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
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February 20, 2001 12:45:48 AM

Wait until the end of the year, and see how the marketshare shifts (or stays the same). That will be the poll that counts.
February 20, 2001 3:33:19 PM

KINK the powerbox's a$$...

oh! computer sex, now u ARE getting kinky...
February 20, 2001 5:01:47 PM

I meant dropkick!!!
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February 20, 2001 6:11:32 PM

Over all, no. Most stuff don't utilize dual processor and you'll never get an intel running as fast as that thunderbird. And how much does your dual intel system cost?
More than the power box that's for sure. THe power box is pretty much the same price as a system with one intel cpu.
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February 20, 2001 6:48:23 PM

Otherwise I haven't any idea why Tom didn't use a P4 1.7 and/or PC-800 RDRAM. When building the ULTIMATE system though, I would think cost isn't a factor at all. It almost seems like Tom was just trying to make an AMD system that totally beats up the Intel systems... <shrug> I dunno, it was an entertaining article, but still not of the same calibre that Tom used to do. I'm anxiously awaiting those days again. :) 

Charles
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February 20, 2001 6:51:14 PM

not really since the vapochill is $650. ($253 1.2 proc., $240 mobo = $1143 ... dual intel sys - tyan tiger le [as to avoid via chipset, but more expensive by about $300] $445, p3 1ghz $256 = $957 if we allow for via that's only $657 -- $486 less expensive.

also i hope anyone who is spending so much money trying to improve performance is using it for work/professional apps and not just games. especially since the video card usually seems to be the limiting factor for games. there is no reason to pump up the processor so fast for them [at the cost of $650 when a gf2 ultra is at most $450]. So if this is the case there are plenty of multithreaded apps out there for people with dual systems making it more affordable and outperforming the powerbox.
February 20, 2001 7:32:04 PM

listen...before you patronize me or others, and listen hard!
when one chooses a dual solution it is because that person is very well aware that it will need smp enabled software to take advantage of the fact.

What I use takes advantage of my 2nd cpu, not all Intel ppl run win98se or winme like amd users do.

and no offense to all, but anybody runing winnt or win2k on a single is really missing out.

2nd, a dual system will kick that powerbox's arse in price/perforce where it counts.
February 20, 2001 7:57:47 PM

Which is where precisely?
February 21, 2001 3:58:50 PM

In your dreams! Ain't no duel system going to get over 1200 from intell.

Jeff
February 21, 2001 4:26:44 PM

Some people are just clueless about SMP, We can put those people in the loser catagory.

BTW, Intergraph/SGI Zx10 will overclock beyond 1.2Ghz easy on every box.
February 21, 2001 5:24:31 PM

that's because you have a one track mind, therefore you are narrow minded!
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February 21, 2001 5:52:41 PM

I think the dual system would beat the Power Box on a few applications (like 3ds Max), but not by a 50% margin (probably 30% at best) and as for price/performance, it would do horribly. The only thing more expensive than buying one P4 is buying two and a dual board.

Charles
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February 21, 2001 6:22:44 PM

duals are nice, i'll give you that, but not really a viable consumer end solution right now due to the fact that its only really professional software thats written to take advantage of it. also, we dont care. if youre so insecure that you must go around beating your chest and bragging that "mine's bigger/better/faster/PAK CHOOIE UNF than yours" then youre really quite sad.

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February 21, 2001 7:55:43 PM

Every man and his dog are posting about cpu polls, how many do you need?
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