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Old 07-30-2003, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi there ,,,,

I got few questions concerning hardware terminology , some new terms has evolved nowadays...which i'd like someone to explain them for me ....

1) Is there any difference between P4 & Northwood processors ?

I used to knew that both r the same , but i saw on gigabyte website that a certain mobo supports P4 and doesnt support Northwood ....so they must be different

2) Whats the Hyper-threading technology ?

There are now both processors and mobo that supports hyper-threading tec. ..... SO >>> What does it mean that a processor (or a mobo) has Hyper-threading tec. wats the advantage ?

3)If anyone in the USA , wats the average price for the following :

a- 3.00 Ghz P4 processor ,FBS 800 , with HT technology.

b- A new mobo. supporting the previous processor , ex: Gigabyte GA-8PENXP

c- 256 Dual DDR chip .


Thanks for ur time...
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe Northwood is the code-name for the newest P4 (there have been several revisions). Hyper-threading technology allows the OS to treat the processor as two processors (if the OS supports it). Basically, you can assign programs/processes to each "processor" - the software must also support Hyper-threading. To check prices in the US, go to www.pricewatch.com
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok,..for now i'll answer the 1st.

Pentium 4 is code named willamete
process: 0.18-micron
die size: 217mm2
transistors:42million
frequency: 1.4-2.0ghz
interface:socket423 and 478
cache:256k L2,20k L1
voltage:1.75v
compatible chipsets:ali-aladdin-p4, ati-radeon igp 330/340, intel 845/e, intel 850/e, sis 6465/dx, sis 650, sis 648, sis r658, via p4x266/a, via prosavage p4m266/ via p4x333

lab notes:

early p4's trailed the athlon's performnce, but as clock speeds ramped up, the p4 began to flex its muscle. the p4 initially used socket 423, but socket 478 quickly replaced this dead-end interface. despite its short pipeline, the willamette core showed overclocking potential that was unremarkable at best.


Pentium 4A is code named northwood
process: 0.13 micron
die size:146mm2
transistors:55million
frequency:1.6-2.4ghz
interface:socket 478
cache 512k L2, 20k L1
voltage: 1.5v
compatible chipsets:ali-aladdin-p4, ati-radeon igp 330/340, intel 845/e, intel 850/e, sis 6465/dx, sis 650, sis 648, sis r658, via p4x266/a, via prosavage p4m266/ via p4x333

lab notes: the first o.13micron p4

Pentium 4B also code named northwood
process:0.13micron
die size: 131mm2
transistors 55million
frequency:2.26-2.8ghz
interface: socket 478
cache:512k L2, 20K L1
voltage 1.5v
compatible chipsets:ati radeon igp 340, intel 850e, sis 645dx, sis r658, via p4x333

lab notes:the 'B' version of the northwood ups the FSB speed to a blazing 533mhz and is just as overclockable as the original northwood.


this was taken from one of my magazines

maximumpc-pc how-to guide magazine...dated winter 2002
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Old 07-30-2003, 07:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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as for your second question....i have a whole article in one of my magazines(again), but i'll just give you some links to sites that will also explain the technology behind it.

http://english.aopen.com.tw/tech/tec...rthreading.htm

http://www.intel.com/technology/hyperthread/

http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,107492,00.asp

http://cedar.intel.com/media/trainin...ntro/tutorial/
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Old 07-31-2003, 07:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for aaaaal of ya ppl , that wat i really needed....

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not a problem, buddy! gud day!
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