Hello, I am about to put together a new system and I was wondering what the processor to get would be for a gaming machine. since I do quite a bit of rendering gaming and testing I am going for 512 RAM, but I don't know:
A.) When Will AMD release the 1Ghz Duron
b.) what the Disadvantages of the duron are
ohh yeah, I don't really like overclocking so don't suggest it!
please help me out, last machine I built was this k6-266 been awhile so I need to know!
From what I understand the Duron has a smaller on board L-1 cache than the t-bird, 128 to 256 I believe, both running at proccesor speed.
On some applications it is suppose to be really noticeable, on others it isn't.
From your post I think the t-bird is the way to go, maybe with the ddr motherboards and ddr memory too.
There is a lot of stuff on the web, som you can research it better before you make up your mind. check out Ace's hardware site. www.aceshardware.com and anandtech has lots of links too.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by lisabob2 on 04/08/01 09:49 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
<b>the Duron has a smaller on board L-1 cache than the t-bird, 128 to 256 I believe</b>
No, both of them have the same L1 Cache (128KB), Thunderbird has a larger L2 Cache (256KB) compared to Duron's 64KB.
that is correct, i'd go with the athlon as well...
maybe ddr too, if you have a few extra bucks to spend
Have a nice day.
Duron disadvantages of the Duron;
Compared to the Celeron: none. The Celeron is slower, more expensive, has lower memory, etc, etc.
Compared to the Athlon: The Duron has a smaller L2 cache (64KB vs. 256KB), and the latest Athlons have the 266 FSB (whereas all Durons still use the 200 FSB). That's not to say you can't overclock them, however.
The Duron still has all the other features of the Athlon, plus they're cheap as dirt. You can buy a 900MHz Duron for less than a 800MHz Celeron, which is about one third slower!
~ I'm not AMD biased, I just think their chips are better. ~