Enabling H-T on current P4 CPUs

By on November 16, 2002, 3:02 AM
I happen to be a happy P4 Northwood owner (provided by [URL=http://www.azzo.com]AZZO[/URL]), while I was kept happy with AMD CPUs for a long time, my last upgrade went from a XP1700+ to this P4 2.53GHz processor I'm running on now.
I think most of us have heard about the new 3GHz Pentium4 and its Hyper-Threading capabilities; we have also heard in the past that Northwood CPUs might have H-T technology built in but disabled, now, how cool would it be to unlock it?

A few sites are already running stories on this (see: [URL=http://www.vrforums.com/showthread.php?threadid=5525]VR-Zone[/URL] & [URL=http://www.overclockers.com/tips00184/]Overclockers.com[/URL] and discussing possible solutions to enabling Hyper-Threading.

While reading information about this, I ran [URL=http://www.techspot.com/downloads-uti.shtml]WCPUID[/URL] utility on my computer and guess what I found:

[IMG]http://www.techspot.com/newspics/11-ht.gif[/IMG]

This doesn't necessarily mean anything since still my motherboard needs to support H-T and needs to recognize the CPU as a capable one, but then again it was pretty exciting to see such result.

I'm expecting the PC Enthusiast community will find a good alternative to enable H-T on current CPUs, if there is a way to do it after all. Hmmm, free performance... GOOD!

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.