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Quote:>I've read a statement about only getting
>44% increase in 3DSMax in NT using 2
>CPU's but an 80% increase using dual
>Pentium Pro's. (I'll be using Lightwave
>more than 3DSMax though)
The regular Pentiums share their L2 cache, which is why they
don't get much of a performance increase in a dual CPU setup. With
PPro's the L2 cache is on the backside bus inside the chipset itself,
and therefor is not shared.
Quote:>But I found no comments about dual
>Pentium II's? How do they compare? Are
>there any performance statistics for
The PIIs are much more on par with the PPro when it comes to
dual CPU usage and performance. The L2 cache in a PII is on the
backside bus within the SEC cartridge.
Quote:>I'm setting up for an upgrade in about a
>month and I'm wrestling with ideas
>between getting a dual Pentium 233MMX or
>dual Pentium II 233 setup....they seem
>close to same price. I've got about a
>700 dollar budget, but keep in mind I
>won't be buying for a month. Obviously,
>I would love to get an AGP 440LX system,
>but that would require swapping all my
>RAM (arg - that's if anyone will even
>trade-in used RAM)...I could get the
Unquestionably go for the PII setup. Pentium style processors
really aren't all that great in dual CPU setups. PPro/PII style
processors are MUCH better equiped to handle thsi sort of situation.
Quote:>I intend to begin work on a personal
>demo reel, but I also like to play a
>good game, and I use Windows 95 quite a
Ont thing to remember is that your second CPU will just be
sitting around twiddling it's thumbs in Win95.
Quote:> Obviously, it's impossible to
>what's really going to be obsolete in a
>year since technology is moving so fast
It's not really that hard, everything is going to be obsolete
in a year :> Well, Pentium classic chips have already stopped being
made, and PMMX chips will cease to be made before too long. Socket 7
is expected to be pretty much dead by the end of the year. The
current crop of 66MHz PIIs and their motherboards will be pretty
obsolete as far as new stuff is concerned pretty soon, since all
future PIIs will use 100MHz bus speeds. FPM memory is totally
obsolete, and EDO memory is on it's way out. Current SDRAM is also
semi-obsolete as well since much of it won't work with the above
mentioned 100MHz bus speeds. New PC100 SDRAM will replace that,
followed by new super-fast DRAM which will be even more limited by
latency then our current SDRAM (ie all this new SLDRAM, DDR SDRAM,
etc. won't do much at all for performance, and while RambusDRAM might
help, I doubt that it'll do much).
>Any comments, suggestions, or statistics
>would be greatly appreciated.
>Here's my current system:
>-96 MB RAM (2 16MB parity SIMMs, 2 32MB
FWIW there are some 440LX PII boards out there which can take
SIMMs. They're not too easy to find, but they exist.
Quote:>-PCI Diamond Viper (I can still return
>this in the next few weeks)
It's really not that bad a card, and the AGP version isn't too
much faster. Of course, if you end up with an AGP capable
motherboard, you might as well use an AGP video card.
Quote:>-PCI Adaptec 2940 SCSI2 controller (for
>my SCSI Yamaha CDR)
Seems to me to be a bit of overkill for a simple CDR.
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