Swapping CPU's

Intel / PENTIUM 4
March 17, 2010 at 09:22:56
Specs: Windows XP Pro
I'm thinking of swapping a Celeron 2.3 GHz CPU for a Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz from a redundant machine. Both computers are Dell dimensions and the recipient M/Board is compatible with the Pentium 4. My question is - Is there any real benefit to be gained in doing this?

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#1
March 17, 2010 at 09:32:53
Yes, there will be a benefit. The Celeron was a cheaper version of the Pentium and being the same speed should improve performance a little, mainly due to the larger internal cache. Exactly how much depends on the type of work you do but don't expect any miracles.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

Be aware that you wont just be able to boot from the existing Windows XP installation as soon as you replace the CPU. A best you will have to do a repair initial so the OS can pick up the correct drivers for the new CPU.

Stuart


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#2
March 17, 2010 at 09:56:17
Thanks Stuart.........What's a repair initial? will this launch
automatically when I boot up after swapping the CPU?

Thanks for your help

Gary


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#3
March 17, 2010 at 10:00:59
Sorry. Typing error. I meant a repair install. Dumb spell checkers!

Yo need to boot from the Windows XP CD and go through in installation process but one the installation has recognised the existing installation select R for repair instead a new installation.

This will go through the installation process but keep all your files and setting intact.

Stuart


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#4
March 17, 2010 at 10:41:58
You don't need to do a repair install. You're going from a Pentium 4-based Celeron to a true Pentium 4; the only difference between the two is cache size. Just pop it in and go.

Processors don't require drivers.

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#5
March 17, 2010 at 10:48:24
Is it necessary to repair os? I own p4 myself and i have changed cpu (3 times) i didn't repair os and the system works fine.

edit: @Jackbomb
i thought the same thing.


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