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:
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!