|Oh, well then...I guess I misuderstood. lol|
I hope that it never sounded as if I were comparing my overclocked P3 to an Athlon 64 or 800MHz FSB P4, because I wasn't. It's just that when people ask about upgrades for their Socket 370 systems, I (enthusiastically) recommend FCPGA-2 adaptors and Tualatin CPUs instead of brand new systems because for as little as $20 on eBay, the combo mentioned above could bring old Coppermine-based systems to P4 1.8-2.4 level performance (depending heavily on the board's capabilities). Perhaps I'm assuming that every Socket 370 user owns the QDI Advance 12T a tad too often :).
I'm well aware of the fact that the P4 2.5 (or, h34v3N f0|2b1d!!, the P3 1.66) is not a fast processor by today's standards. In fact, the absence of SSE2/3 on the P3 makes the P4 2.0-2.5 a much better choice for certain tasks. That's why I use the Opteron 185 mentioned in the first post for work, dvd-ripping, etc. You'll probably be happy to hear me admit that the Opteron 185-- which I never advertise in my signature--crunches through DVDs and 'Folds' many times faster than the glorious, always-shown-off P3! Yet even that Opty's gonna get killed by Intel's quads in Crysis.
For standard music, movie, photo, and Family Guy viewing, the P3 1.66 is fast enough and does its work better than the 400MHz P4s/266MHz Athlon XPs. For anything else, a fast P4, Athlon 64, or dual core would undoubtedly be much better. I've finally admitted the obvious. It's settled. Though if you still want screencaps...
I've finished my novel and am going to bed. lol
Super Pentium III: NOW WITH 7950GT AGP!
PIII-S cpu overclocked to 1.66GHz--As fast as a 2.5GHz P4!
2GB of PC2700 memory
QDI Advance 12T board
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