The P4 is superior to AMD in multimedia. The 1.6A is a great choice and it has nothing to do with overclocking. The P4 1.6a is a very strong CPU and has SSE2 multimedia extensions, 512k cache, .13 micron technology.
Problem with SSE2 is that it is just not effective or noticeable in low clocked P4s. There are very very few apps that push the SSE2 optimization far. One of them is Adobe After Effects, which pushes the 1.6A much further per clock than the AXP at the same speed, and was competing the XP2000. But these high opts are rare. (To the guy who made the topic And unless you do video editing with this program, a 1.6A will NOT outperform the XP1700+, even with SSE2. It might but by a very very small margin. In fact, the XP1700+ costs much less than the 1.6A. Here in Canada, the 1700+ is 145$ CDN, the 1.6A is 230$. Says a lot for price saving and performance given, no? If you want, try to get the Tbred versions, they have less heat drawn and may possibly cost less.
:smile: Intel and AMD sitting under a tree, P-R-O-C-E-S-S-I-N-G! :smile:
This thread seems kinda weird..
I mean, tdean asks a good question (although the answer is bleeding obvious to anyone who's seem a bench-mark in the last 500 years)
next -> a few people reply saying that the XP will beat the 1.6A UNLESS you overclock.
Then FUGGER replies saying 1.6A wipes the 1700+ out of hte game (in short recommends against everyone else).
THen tdean replies to the sole Intel salesmen, although he is possibly just going on the advice for overclocking b/c that what he intends. THEN tdean asks which board to get, and seems to state that he was getting an Intel board anyway (NOTE: Intel don't make SocketA boards *surprise*) so it appears he was always going to get an Intel chip. so why ask??
Then everyone jumps on FUGGER, when it's probably too late, to ask for proof of the 1.6A <b>EVER</b> beating the 1700+ XP in an sound/multimedia encoding test.
THEN fugger completely ignores everyone and just tells tdean which Intel boards to choose from.
WEIRD... It like some secret conspiracy that everyone knows about 'cept me.
I spilled coffee all over my wife's nighty... ...serves me right for wearing it?!?
For the P4 1.6A, I recommend the P4S533 and some genuine Samsung PC2700. I've seen Samsung DDR reach 450MHz on a 150MHz FSB!
That thing should outperform PC1066 for cheap, if he can actually get the RAM that high. It's pretty much the luck of the draw, but 450MHz would be sweet! I currently have my Samsung DDR, but I'm still waiting for at least the BD7-II to arrive locally so I can do some comparison shopping. I still haven't decided between the P4 1.6A and 1.8A.
:wink: <b><i>"A penny saved is a penny earned!"</i></b> :wink: