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      28.02.2001 01:52
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      I recently bought a QDI BrillianX IV motherboard that support single or dual Pentium IIs and also some (not all) Pentium IIIs. I initially ran it with a single 350Mhz, and then decided to try out my PIII 450 in it, which to my satisfaction, worked. However, not content with only using half the abilities of my motherboard, I decided to investigate getting a second processor for it. I phoned several shops and was told different stories by them. Some said that to run dual processors, you MUST have the same processor type, speed, and stepping, others told me that the stepping was not important but they must be the same clock speed, while others told me that it must simply be the same type of processor, as long as you run the system at the clock speed of the slowest processor. I decided to call in some help from friends, and borrowed a pentium III 450 and a pentium III 500. And I can confirm that they both worked (running at 450), and I tried running it with one 450 and one 500, at 500, and it seemed to work although I probably wouldn't reccomend doing this since heat would become a problem and may well damage the chips. So, to summarise, if you want to run dual CPUs, as long as they are in the same class, and run at the lowest common denominator of speeds, then all is well. I have never had any problems with faulty or unreliable Intel chips, and the flexibily of them for dual processor applications means that I can thoroughly reccomend them. Incidentaly, I have had my dual processor machine running since I bought a 450 for myself without a single reboot (6 weeks, 4 days and rising) which, if nothing else, shows the reliablity of the Pentium III chip.

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      20.11.2000 03:20
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      Overclocking the Pentium III 500 (100Mhz Bus Katami core) is a pretty simple process providing you know what your doing. All you need to do is go into the BIOS and change the BUS speed of the processor to 103Mhz, 112Mhz and in some cases 124Mhz but if your very lucky 133Mhz. START WITH 103Mhz AND WORK UP TO 112Mhz IF THEY WORK TRY 124Mhz AND 133Mhz These are the overclocked speeds :- 500Mhz @ 5.0 FSB X 103Mhz Bus = 515Mhz :) 500Mhz @ 5.0 FSB X 112Mhz Bus = 560Mhz :) 500Mhz @ 5.0 FSB X 124Mhz Bus = 620Mhz * 500Mhz @ 5.0 FSB X 133Mhz Bus = 665Mhz ** :) These will work fine. * Has little chance of working. ** Has very little if any chace of working (if it does you are lucky). The chances of the 133Mhz Bus speed working is very very slim but nether the less worth a try. My PIII500 works at 112Mhz with no problems what so ever. If your computer doesn't boot up on any of the settings all you need to do is reset the BIOS from the motherboard, after you have done it try the setting below it. The benefits of the BUS speed increase don't stop at the processor, they will increase the speed of the RAM and Video performance. The down side to overclocking is it reduces the life of the processor, an average processor will last 10 years but overclocking may reduce this time. But if the CPU temperature is around 40 - 50 Degrees Celsius there shouldn't be a problem. You can with some motherboards check the Temperature In the BIOS. E-mail me if you have any further questions or problems at psyco_19883@yahoo.com

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      29.10.2000 19:17
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      With the advance of both software and hardware accelerating at an ever increasing pace, there seems to be a tendency nowadays to believe that the latest technology is essential. This is total nonsense because the older systems still perform as they did when first purchased. The current clock speed of 1 Ghz is quite unusable by 99% of the population. I am running a 500 Mhz PIII processor which I acquired 18 months ago, and it can cope comfortably with anything I wish to throw at it. I have used my computer for the kind of tasks that most people never consider, such as video editing and compression, without the slightest problem. Naturally, as time goes by the hardware and software introduced become more demanding on the processor. Therefore a P133 which was excellent a few years ago is of no value to someone wishing to run Windows Millenium. This will also happen in time to the current clock speeds, but the average speed to-day is far above the required specification and will last for a very long time. If you are considering purchasing a new processor or new computer, consider what you really need. A PII 400 Mhz will perform excellent, so if you wish to future proof your system then look at a PIII 500 Mhz or maybe 600 Mhz. Anything above is money spent on speed that you will not use. Don't misunderstand me, I would love to own a 1 Ghz system, but this is personal greed because I know that I could not make true use of it.

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      21.09.2000 04:10
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      I upgraded from an Intel Pentium II 450 mhz to the new Intel Pentium III 700 mhz mainly because of the upgrade offer at a low cost. I found that immediately there was a noticeable difference and just the way in which my computer carried out every day tasks like opening programs and the likes seemed to fly through as if my old chip was carrying 4 suitcases with it on it's chores! I find no problems at all with it and I would seriously recommend it to anyone after a high speed processor with lightning speed and good capabilities.

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        08.09.2000 08:02

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        Don`t waste yuor money buying a top of the range, high speed P-III processor for your computer. This kind of horsepower is of no use to most people who own and use computers. The only people who can possibly use the kind of processing power a 1GHz P-III delivers is a hard-core gamer or a professional who depends on processing huge amounts of data quickly. Anyone else can very easily and happily get by with a more "normal" specification for their PC. If you simply must get the fastest PC you can afford, and especially if you are planning to use it for games, then consider buying a slower P-III and getting a better graphics card or more memory. I am currently using a P-III 500MHz and am completely happy with it. It has worked perfecly for the year since I bought it, and in all that time it has been turned off maybe 10 times. I leave my PC on all the time because I am connected to the internet all the time. I think that the processor working for basically a year continuously without any glitches or overheating is quite impressive, and shows me how good quality Intel still is. If you want an AMD chip then you are going to buy one no matter what I say or do - just consider getting an Intel if you can. Yes they are more expensive, but they are also not running right on their limit like AMD`s chips tend to do. If you liked this opinion, don`t forget to sign up for DooYoo, and maybe even check out some more of my opinions.

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        13.08.2000 00:32

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        Everyone wants to squeeze the extra mhz's out of their PC and if you do not, you should at least try it. If you`ve got a lowly P120 you could get it to run at 133mhz, why you think ? Well it is a cheap way to gain an extra speed boost, by altering jumpers/switches on your motherboard or in BIOS. Will it damage your CPU ? Maybe, but I have overclocked loads of CPU's without any problems, and reaped the benefits. One day along came the Celeron 300mhz 128k CPU. People tried to overclock it and were astounded when it would run at 450mhz and their PC performed rock solid. At that time the PII 450mhz cost something like £150 more than the Celeron 300mhz, so you can see the saving. Then Intel messed about with PGA and Socket 370 etc etc and CPU's were not overclocking as much as before. Until the new PIII came out with 256k cache, .018 micron and 1.65v. This CPU is the NEW 300mhz Celeron. I bought a PIII 650mhz 256k CPU to replace my current PIII 600mhz 512k CPU. It cost me £145. I can sell my PIII 600mhz for £130, which I have done already by the way. Now are you wondering why I would swap my CPU for a 50mhz gain ? The PIII 600 would not overclock, and it was running at 45 degrees C. The PIII 650mhz is running at 800mhz, rock solid. The CPU temp is 39 degrees C and the heatsink can be touched without burning your fingers. So I have got a PIII 800mhz cpu for £145. You have a look at how much a true PIII 800mhz CPU costs. at least £200 more than that. If you can get yourself a PIII 256k CPU then I advise you to do so. I must add that overclocking is frowned upon by Intel. However, the benefit is value for money.

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        11.08.2000 05:12
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        PIII, what is it? Is it just another name that you don't really have to worry about? The answer can only be NO. The pIII is the best processor of all time, I am sure that soon there will be a better one but this is the smartest kid around now, and after all now matters not tomorrow. Please, please if you are getting yourself a new computer don’t be fooled by the nice low price of AMD or Celeron its just as good as getting a 2 inch T.V it is stupid, if you are going to be spending your money then just save up a few extra bucks and get yourself the Rolex of processors you will not be disappointed

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          06.08.2000 05:17

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          So what ya wanna be, you wanna be hackers, code crackers...sorry, the remnants of Wierd Al Yankovic's song exists in my head. Back to the subject, the Pentium III kaiama is not as good as the coppermine or AMD's Athlon, but it is still very good. I have a Pentium III 500Mhz running on a SLOT 1 and the stability of the processor and temperature is far better than AMD's Athlon. Even running this processor at 560Mhz, its runs at a cool 30 degrees celcius and i have never had the computer crash because of the processor. Many people I know would swap thier AMD for a Pentium 3 as the stability of the Athlon is poor and with the temperature given out off the Athlon, a radiator near thier computer is no longer needed! AMD are cheaper but with that extra bit of money look what your paying for, a stable and fast work horse of a processor built by Intel! If it came to Intel vs AMD, intel would be my choice.

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          01.08.2000 08:59
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          with all the mhz and ghz flying about and intel and amd fighting it out. Will people ever learn? you certainlly do not need the lastest PIII or Athlon for that matter for what most ppl are going to use there pcs for. They go "shops" to buy their pcs and get ripped off by a person half their age and barley should be in that shop to give you advice. People are blattenly fooled in to thinking they need the lastest machine to work they are totally wrong. You can easily work process and do DTP with a capable machine with a P133 not a PII or even a PIII and you especially do not need a PIII 800 or what have you not. Speed is only intended for the serious gamers and the the pro who needs it, and will make any use of it. Unless you decided to be a games nut then don't pay over the odds and get the lastest spec, a PII450 with 128ram and any 32mb card will do nicely thing its chucked with. Games, internet, anything etc so don't believe the hype you do not need a PIII witht he lastest spec.

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          23.07.2000 21:31

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          According to industry observers, Intel's yet-unannounced Pentium 4 CPU is slower than AMD’s Athlon. This forced Intel to extend the Pentium III line. Using 0.13 micron technology, the new Pentium III should boast higher Mhz, engaging in the last battle with Athlon b4 Pentium 4 is mature enough to knock out Athlon. AMD’s Athlon is approaching 1.5 Ghz next year, and the 0.13 micron Pentium III will play catch up at 1.4 Ghz. AMD’s 1Ghz Athlon is already using copper-interconnect. Intel will only start using copper-interconnect at 1.4Ghz due to its better fabrication technology. The line will also allow Intel to perfect high-volume production of the new process technology using a mature and proven Pentium III core before transitioning to the next-generation Pentium 4. Good luck.

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          08.07.2000 00:37
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          Intel's 479 pin son of Willamette, due for launch next year, now has its very own codename, Prescott. A die shrink from 0.18 to 0.13 micron, Prescott and its associated Tulloch chipset are expected to support both synchronous and Rambus memory. Is it just me or is everyone else sick of all the names they are giving these processors. They offer no means of accurately comparing them against a competitor and who is to know whether a katmai is faster than a johnson etc. its just ridiculous

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