On Thu, 11 Jan 2001 16:19:55 -0000, "Richard Kimber"
>I am buying a new system. The possibilities seem to have narrowed down to:
>1) PIII 933 with 256MB P133 SDRAM and 815E chipset
>2) PIII 933 with 256MB P600 RDRAM and 820 chipset
>The latter has thermal monitoring, which sounds nice.
>I should really appreciate any comments as to which might be the one to go
>for, other things being equal.
>I should also appreciate any comments on the issue of Adaptec 2940 versus
>29160 as the scsi controller
The 820 chipset has been dropped by Intel.
I have 2 Dell systems at work (1) 933 with 815 chipset (2) 750 with
820 chipset. The 750 with rambus memory is faster. The down side is
that the 820 chipset doesn't have good support in Linux. So far, I
don't have AGP support with the 820. Also, I think that the 820 only
supports 2 Rdimms (or whatever they're called), and they're very
expensive. I suspect that rambus memory will go away.
Both machines are very reliable using kernel 2.4.0 (at the moment,
I'll upgrade tomorrow).
If I were buying, I think I'd wait for the DDR Athlon motherboards. I
noticed that Micron was selling DDR memory (266) for the same price as