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May 25, 2002 6:54:53 AM

Hey,Im just wondering if it would be a good ideah for me to go ahead and upgrade my 1GHz Duron to a T-bred when it comes out,or wait until the Hammer comes out?Would a Hammer actually help gaming performance alot,or is that more in the hands of the Graphics Card?

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May 25, 2002 7:02:45 AM

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Hey,Im just wondering if it would be a good ideah for me to go ahead and upgrade my 1GHz Duron to a T-bred when it comes out,or wait until the Hammer comes out?

Depends. Do you want/need 64-bit computing? Do you do anything like compile jobs, raytraced rendering, or graphic artwork? If so, I'd say wait for Hammer. T-bred is likely going to be a value/transitional product anyways, rather than a processor to beat all processors.

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Would a Hammer actually help gaming performance alot,or is that more in the hands of the Graphics Card?

That's more in the hands of the graphics card.

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May 25, 2002 6:34:14 PM

Well it really depends. If you can hold off for another 2Q, then Hammer it is. If not you should go for the T-bred and get a 0.09u Hammer like 2H03. Also it looks like your mobo at least is pretty new, so it'd kinda be a waste to upgrade to a Hammer since you'd need a new mobo. As for the gaming performance, it's hard to say. Right now there's a lot of games that are CPU limited (like Commance4 and JKII). At higher resolutions, the video cards actually start to pull away from each other.

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May 26, 2002 12:16:28 AM

hmmm... right now I'm thinking that maybe you should upgrade to a Tbred (like a 1800+ or 1900+) when it comes out. That way you wont spend too much dough on something that will cost $10 less the very next week. Also, when the hammer comes out, it sounds like it will be pretty expensive. So if i were you I would stick with what you have right now, get the low ended Tbred and when they come out with ones with like a 3000 pr rating, i'd get that and then , maybe invest in a hammer system. Just my strategy though...

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May 26, 2002 7:41:12 AM

I say don't bother with Tbred and wait for Barton. I think Hammer will be good when it reaches .09 micron or after a few months after its release.
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