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Vote - Northwood or Prescott?

By justinone
Aug 9, 2006
  1. OK who likes what best i need to find out the communities favourite type of pentium 4.

    Northwood or Prescott
     
  2. pctec

    pctec TS Rookie Posts: 20

    I have a Northwood... I cant complain with it. I never tried a Prescott though...
     
  3. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    Prescott's were Intel's way to reduce costs of the P4 line, so they found things to remove (that reduced performance) and replaced with things to re-balance performance for cheaper manufacturing costs.

    For this reason, the Prescotts generally run a bit hotter than Northwood's and their core floating point/int performance is a bit weaker. To compensate, they increased/optimized the cache on the Prescotts to bring int/float performance up to where the Northwood's performed for most applications.

    I personally prefer Northwoods as they generally run cooler and while they have less cache, their core performance is a tad better so they perform similarly to CPU's with better cache.

    For most home users/gamers, it really makes no difference other than heat concerns... which are really not a big deal.
     
  4. an0nym0us

    an0nym0us TS Rookie Posts: 31

  5. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    northwood is the only way to go. Until Core 2 Duo came along :D
     
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Northwood for me, unless you want to cook some eggs on your PC and use a prescott.
     
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Heard of the PC that'll serve you coffee? They probably run on Prescotts, using the heat generated to boil that water for your coffee.... Probably the only way to efficiently use a Prescott.
     
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