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What is better? an Overclocked Northwood or a stock Prescott?

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Just wanted to know whats better. A friend of mine has a prescott that is at 3GHz but it ets high temps so there is no way I am OCing it. I borrowed a cousin's northwood to do some OCing tests till I get mine. I OCed up to 3.8 and stayed there because of the temps again. I know northwood has cache L1 8 and L2 512 while the prescot has 16 and 1024. So what is better? Prescott or Northwood?

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Sob Sob.. No one cares... Lol >> Just kidding. wanted to bump it.
    
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post #3 of 13
Well Prescott can overclock higher but needs much better cooling. The Prescotts SPECS are better but in gaming there isn't much of a difference in performance.

I say Northwood For Overclocking
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post #4 of 13
Northwood at 3.8 > Prescoot at 3.0 (IMO)

If you're looking for a quick dirty and quite useless comparison, I would guess a Northwood has to run 200-400MHz faster to be equal. Anyhow I'd take the Northwood.
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Actually I did take Northwood and its on its way but I just found out that my cousin has a Prescott. he brought his PC for a format and since he had a prescott I though of switching them if prescott is better. He doesn't mind since he uses his PC just for documends and stuff and he has his laptop for games.
    
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post #6 of 13
again its better on paper and can achieve higher overclocks due to the increased pipeline stage.

But northwood is cooler.

I have no clue what ourbros is talking about the prescott is the enhanced northwood
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Well do you think my scythe ninja could support a prescott OCed?
    
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Definitly
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Guess I will tell to my cousing to wit a bit more so I will test both of them before giving the PC back to him.
    
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Guess I will tell to my cousing to wit a bit more so I will test both of them before giving the PC back to him.
Good idea
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