I just did some price comparisons and to my surprise I found P4 2.5s under 500 bucks, RETAIL! Though in some descriptions at some merchants websites it stated that the P4 2.5 is only 400MHZ FSB and has only 256kb cache. That would explain the price drop but some descriptions are confusing and I didn't want contact the merchant if their descriptions are precise.
I believe it won't be 256KB. But is a 400MHZ version of the P4 2.5s necessary...can't 400MHZ motherboards recognize a P4 with 533MHZ FSB? If 400MHZ motherboards can't recognize or use P4s with 533MHZ FSB then they should make P4 2.5s and up with 400MHZ FSB so ppl who have older mobos can upgrade to a higher clock speed
The motherboard you are trying to use does support the "533" bus speed, which should yeild around 10% better performance than the 400 bus speed at equal clocks. There is a 2.4 in both bus speed versions, for instance.
If 400MHZ motherboards can't recognize or use P4s with 533MHZ FSB then they should make P4 2.5s and up with 400MHZ FSB so ppl who have older mobos can upgrade to a higher clock speed
Intel will be manufacturing P4s with 400MHz up to 2.6GHz I believe. They were going to release the P4 2.53GHz in Q3, but with AMD boring down on them they were able to het them out with the other 533FSB P4s. The 2.5GHz P4s with the 400MHz bus will still be launched in Q3.
thanks for the suggestions but it's not my PC so I don't want to do any tweakings as of yet...maybe on my next new PC...or maybe it's time to start doing my first tweakings. Whichever I choose thanks to you guys!