decide between P4 & XP

By Top_gun ยท 32 replies
Jun 9, 2002
  1. Help decide between CPUs

    depending on how my marks go... i may be getting a new computer. After giving me a $2000 budget to start planning, i have come to the tough part. Picking the CPU

    Intel P4 2.0GHz $469.00
    Asus P4B533
    AMD XP 2100+ $440.00
    Asus A7N266-WA

    Here is what else I'm plannin':
    256 PC2700 DDR-RAM
    Geforce4 Ti 4200 128RAm
    Creative Live 5.1
    350W PSU
    LG 16X DVD ROM
    LG 40X 12X 40 CDRW
    Mator 80G 7200 and a 20G 7200 (tha latter for backup)

    Since they r roughy the same price, which one will perform better wit their motherboard. I also heard that the P4s work better wit R-RAM.
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

  3. uncleel

    uncleel TS Rookie Posts: 980

  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Is $45 difference a good reason to use AMD? It's up to you. P4s perform quite well with DDR333 memory, too, and 533 MHz RDRAM is coming.
  5. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    these r in canadian prices. And i cant afford the 2.2Ghz witout going out of my budget. So its Athlon 2100+ Xp or 2.0Ghz P4
  6. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    I see you're getting an Nforce board. If you're getting all those other components just go with the A7V333. The board you're thinking of now won't support your PC2700 DDR anyway, it will run at PC2100.
    But that's only if you're going AMD. Which I don't reccomend.
    Intel has the support of all of the major companies in computing. In other words: they're more compatibleand work better with just about everything.
    Also Mic with $45 you can buy some more RAM or upgrade another component!
  7. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Care to explain that ? ;)

    Compatibility issues nowadays aren't what they used to be. Getting an Athlon won't prevent you from using any piece of software out there.

    Hardware wise, most issues relate to Via chipsets ( for AMD or Intel ) or it might also be an issue with a certain brand as we can see with Per's problem to get his Epox & ATI cards to live together.

    PS. any news from Per ? :(
  8. JAV

    JAV TS Rookie Posts: 210


    If you decide on the XP: spend the $$ you save on cooling fans. I'd also consider the PNY GF4 Ti4200 64mbDDR as it is cheaper & runs faster than the 128mb. The $$ saved there can go towards more system RAM. ;)

    Just some thoughts,
  9. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    All the benchmarks I have seen so far:
    the P4 2.0GHzA beats the Athlon Xp 2100+ in most tests (it changes to bout 50/50 wit the Athlon Xp 2200+). However, the P4 had R-Ram instead of DDR-Ram. What will perform better under tha DDR-Ram?

    One more thing, which has a better FSB? A year ago when i got this piece of crap (compared to today;) ), between a Athlon tm 1.2Ghz and a p4 1.7 Ghz ($1200 to $3000), the sales person said that the athlon has a 266 FSB and the p4 400 fsb. Yet he said that the p4 only runs under a single pump. Now I been reading that 2day p4 r running quadpumps to get the 400 and 533 FSBs. Is the Athlon Xp still runnin under 266 and which is better?
  10. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    to be honest, I have been using both platforms and have found them both to be excellent.
  11. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    Yippee - back to the old debate :)

    Pentium 4s have higher Mhz ratings compared to athlons, they also run faster Bus speeds (400Mhz = 100x4, and 533Mhz = 133x4). However, they only have high MHz ratings because they do less instructions per clock cycle.

    Athlons are lots cheaper, run cheaper memory (DDR266or333 as opposed to P4 RD-RAM, which is needed to get the most from P4 BTW.). On a downside though Athlons run so hot you will be able to save money on your heating bill :D :D :D
  12. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Yeah.. Intel vs AMD..
    There used to be a lot of discussion about this, but maybe I just can't use the search function efficiently..

    Athlon XP & Pentium 4 systems

    As for myself, I've never used AMDs newer than K6-2.
  13. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59 tha end, should i buy tha 2.0GHz A or the XP 2100+ (since they r in tha same price range)
  14. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,730   +379

    I would go with the P4a 2.0Ghz. That northwood core should allow an overclock to 2.2 or 2.3 which means it will beat the Athlon by even more ;)
    But thats before the Thoroughbreds...
    Still waiting for the AMD Operton/Hammer myself.
  15. Johnny Shiro

    Johnny Shiro TS Rookie

    As one said... if you choose to pick better have some cash ready for all the fans you got to install.
    I use INTEL only cause of the cooling.

    A friend of mine bought a AMD Athlon 1.4 ghz, and the machine just rebooted every 30 minutes.... why ? well we found out that the heat was at 50 + all the time...

    Then i got him to buy a fan for an 2ghz proccessor !! just to make sure we had this bastard.
    Guess what ? didnt help...well it helped a bit..but still it was at 45 degrees !!

    Sure AMD Athlon XP has probably a 1 % better performance in games, but when the heat starts will loose that performance part...pretty fast !!!

    Most AMD proccessors are just old proccessors who have been tweaked. The one my friend bought was actually an 1ghz....
  16. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Installing only one AMD based system isn't enough to judge the whole series.

    It is a known fact that AMD processors need a very good cooling but it goes for any CPU above 1GHZ. The bottom line is both are good buys. Just go to a store & see which is available & pick that one.

    If you know what you are doing, neither CPU will overheat nor need a Turbo Jet fan to cool it. Just make sure you have good thermal paste ( Artic Silver comes to mind here ) & just arrange your IDE cables making sure they don't get in the way of the airflow to & from your CPU.

    The AMD / INTEL debate is beat & tired ( really ). At this level they are both worthy components ( opponents ? ;) ).
  17. Johnny Shiro

    Johnny Shiro TS Rookie

    Yeah...if you are assembling your own computer. But you shouldn't need to open the case of a finished assembled computer. Of course thats something everyone does anyways..but to determine who is best between intel and amd.

    With intel you dont need any cooling gel to get it to perform. And when the prices between intel and amd is as close as it is today.. INTEL is the obvious choice in my opionion.
  18. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    In this case, Top_gun is building his PC so if he does things right ( as I'm sure he will ) there won't be any need to open the case again only to upgrade certain components.

    Any person in his right mind wouldn't buy a 200+ CPU & not put a cooling system on it. Bottom line is both perform very well & have very good bang for buck ratios period.

    I see you are a ferocious Intel defender ( I think they can stand up for themselves ;) ) so I won't even bother arguing.

    PS. I'm not an AMD fanboy or anything, I just go with what provides the best performance for what I am willing to pay ( be it Intel, AMD, Cyrix, IDt or even MAC :D ).
  19. Johnny Shiro

    Johnny Shiro TS Rookie

    hehe yah.. a bit..after spending huge cash on kinda treat it as your own son ! :)
  20. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Make sure to post his graduation pictures here :cool: -> A picture of you & where you post from
  21. Johnny Shiro

    Johnny Shiro TS Rookie

    hehe i will.. when i get home in 1h 30m ..

    Actually my room is LIVE! ... webcam is broadcasting with 640x480 res, with sound and everything :)

    But i have to clean up my room before i give ya da url hehe
  22. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

    plz note that Im not going to be overclockin the CPU, just the tha video card.;) Overall it seems taht the P4 has the Xp beats. Im going wit Intel for the coolin.
  23. JAV

    JAV TS Rookie Posts: 210

    Top Gun,

    When you get it in, cruise over to Intels website & see what they have to offer in the way of downloads. :grinthumb Their continual product updates/optimizers will keep that P4 performing at it's full potential, for years. :cool:

    FWIW: I prefer Riva Tuner for the vid card over GFTU or any others.

    Have a good one, know ya will ;)
  24. eveneannenevs

    eveneannenevs TS Rookie

    AMD doesn't make rediculous commercials...

    'nuff said.
  25. Top_gun

    Top_gun TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 59

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