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Pentium 2.5 vs Thoroughbred

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June 3, 2002 5:06:34 PM

I am getting ready to upgrade and have a few questions. The main goal of this upgrade is to be able to play Morrowind! Any additional info other than the questions I have below would be great.

Is the Thoroughbred 2200 going to be faster than the P4 2.5, and if not, any guess as to how much slower?

If I get a Thoroughbred, I want to get a Gigabyte MB, but their MB does not say anything about thermal protection? Do you think thier latest MB will support the Thoroughbred?

Also, everybody says to get Samsung memory, but I cannot find any vendors who carry PC2700 with CAS2.0 (all are CAS 2.5). Where can I get this (and should I get PC2700 or faster)?

If I go the P4 route (probably cost prohibitive for me though), should I get a MB with DDR or Rambus support? If so, which chipset?

TIA

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June 3, 2002 5:47:48 PM

The video card is much, much more important for Morrowind for both performance and quality. Pixel shaders make the water and weather look hugely better, for one.

I have a P4 @ 2.5 and a GeForce 2 MX, and I have to play at 800x600 (full detail), because the game is GPU limited.

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June 3, 2002 5:51:39 PM

Tbred will be as fast as the exisitng XP's today. You will not see and performance gain with the Tbred untill speed grades increase beyond 2200+

The 2.26B is reasonably priced compared to the 2.5B if you are using it for games.

Both DDR and RDR are good memory solutions currently. both are priced similar (DDR is slightly cheaper) and have plenty of options.

Good RDR mobos P4T533-C, TH7-II
Good DDR mobos BD7-II, IT7

Strongest/best board without overclocking is the P4T533-C and the most features on a budget goes to IT7

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June 3, 2002 5:53:08 PM

Its hard to believe the Gainward Ti4200 is $159 now at newegg.com



You are limited to what your mind can perceive.
June 3, 2002 6:12:16 PM

newegg.com also has Samsung pc2700

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sorry, but I'm still stuck in the Pentium III world
June 3, 2002 6:15:55 PM

Really? That's a damn good price.

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June 3, 2002 9:29:35 PM

will R8500 64MB do for morrowind? does it have all necessary features to play morrowind at the highest and best possible visuals?
June 3, 2002 9:47:10 PM

It certainly should.

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June 3, 2002 9:48:27 PM

"will R8500 64MB do for morrowind? does it have all necessary features to play morrowind at the highest and best possible visuals?"

My friend bought the Radeon 8500LE 64MB from newegg.com, which was actually a regular R8500 64MB, and has no problem running Morrowind at 1024x768x32, with everything turned up to the max, except anti-aliasing. It runs at a pretty consistant 60 frames per second outdoors, but drops around 30 in the towns and stuff.

He runs an Athlon XP 1800+ with 512MB of PC2100 DDR-RAM
June 3, 2002 10:15:11 PM

I got the same system. 1800+ but 768 PC2100 DDR RAM. Will monitor refresh rate play a role in performance. Right now I'm at 75Mhz coz I have a 15" LCD and it could go up only that high.
June 4, 2002 2:44:01 AM

well that price should finally kill off any GF3 Ti's still lying around...you just won't be able to sell them at anymore than 100 dollars now...and i don't think that leaves any room for retailer profit.

I have a GF2Ultra, wish to uprgrade, but not on the GF4 generation (it's performance isn't high enough above the GF2Ultra for me)...so, when's the NV30 coming out?
June 4, 2002 3:08:30 AM

wow
*drools*
almost time for an upgrade from my geforce2pro :smile:

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June 4, 2002 3:46:27 AM

all i know is my tnt ultra has waaaaayyyy too much power to run this game :smile:

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June 4, 2002 4:12:51 AM

I played Morrowind at 1024x768 just fine with a PIII 1000EB and a Radeon LE (the one based on the original Radeon, not the 8500).

What's the frequency, Kenneth?
June 4, 2002 11:46:17 PM

ooo
better upgrade to a Geforce4 MX440 then!!! :lol: 

<font color=blue>Pants Down! Turn Around! Bend Over! You're about to Experience Telstra broadband! :lol: 
June 5, 2002 12:15:04 AM

the topic is "Pentium 2.5 vs Thoroughbred".

change your fuses. haha.



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June 5, 2002 12:15:47 AM

thainks. it is very helpful. haha.


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June 5, 2002 12:16:23 AM

oh, sure it is. rofl.


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June 5, 2002 12:41:30 AM

Tell me about it. I'm playing it with a geforce4mx440 (it was the same price as a Geforce2TI and i wasn't going to pay more for a geforce3ti200 !) 1024x768 plays not too bad. I wish i had those friggen pixel shaders though :( 
June 5, 2002 2:19:34 AM

Could you post a pic, of how it looks without them? I always wanted to see how Pixel Shading makes a difference on the new technology games.

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June 5, 2002 2:23:43 AM

I'll try to in the next day or so. The graphics are quite good but... they still have that rigid cardboardcutout feel that pc games are reknowned for. They should develop something like the "trails" feature found in GTA3 for PC to mimic a more solid look.
June 5, 2002 6:47:58 PM

I answered his question, as opposed to you, merely spamming.

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