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i was looking at a new gfx card and the min. spec says "pentium 4 prescott or higher "
i have a p4 but have no idea what a prescott is, any help?
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Prescott refers to the "core" of your CPU. If you run CPU-Z, it will tell you what core you have. What video card do you want to get?
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i was looking at a new gfx card and the min. spec says "pentium 4 prescott or higher "
i have a p4 but have no idea what a prescott is, any help?
The Prescott is the code name or core name given to a Intel Processor that is based on a 90nm process with certain characteristics, there are other cores that are based on the 90nm process but the Prescott is the most common.
Prescotts encorporate 512KB-2048KB L2 cache on their Pentium 4 series and 256KB L2 on their Celeron D series. They also contain the SSE3 instruction sets and actually run hotter than the 130nm processors.

Download CPU-Z to check if your CPU is a Prescott

As to the new specification you will not require a Prescott core unless the GPU requires the SSE3 instruction set to work (which is VERY unlikely).

Any other info just ask, I have only included the basic info. If you wish to have the extra advanced info then I will be willing to post it
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150089

this card or a similar one, the Gigabyte one also needs a prescott
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WOW!, great little utility, CPU-Z, thanks for that Manny & Guy.
i do indeed have a prescott, thats some good news for once, cheers fellas.
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Requirements:

Intel Pentium 4 Prescott class processor or higher (LGA775 processor package) or AMD Sempron/Athlon.

Ummm, thats rediculous, you dont need a prescott for any videocard. You can run that card in a P3 board as long as you have a good enough power supply. Then it says you need:

An AGP 2.0 or later compliant Motherboard with a x16 lane bus compliant slot.

So you need an AGP slot AND a PCI express x16? Right...
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post #7 of 11
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ok , so now we need to check out my Mobo?
its an acer e61ml, any ideas if it is compatible.
it IS AGP, i have at least learnt that much from this forum,
as for x16 only relating to pciE is a new 1 on me. another learn there.
keep it coming fellas.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150089

this card or a similar one, the Gigabyte one also needs a prescott
It does not actually need a Prescott, I think it is stating Prescott because its the most common Intel core at this moment in time

The graphics card does not need the extra features that the Prescott has just so you know
post #9 of 11
what's a prescott ?

It's a one HOTTTTTT mother...
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by ekul
what's a prescott ?

It's a one HOTTTTTT mother...
true dat. mines runs 64C load...

prescott are better for overclocking than northwoods after 3.8ghz so thats a plus, and they have 1mb-2mb l2 cache, depending on if its socket 478 or lga775, thats like double what northwoods have, another plus.
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