Originally Posted by Manco
I considered the AMD X2 but ended up going with the Presler. The tipping point for me was the Intel Motherboard (the Asus was having BIOS issues with the Preslers) and the 2x2M cache. It was a gut call, but I was more interested in smooth massive multitasking ability over absolute fastest for a given task. Most of the benchmarks don't really tell you the whole story so in the end I went with larger cache since I know that will generally help on the multitasking side. I've ran "fast" computers that were cache starved for my applications and they ran like dogs.
Get a motherboard that will support upgrading to conroe, and you won't be dissapointed since you will have a nice upgrade path.
The Intel D975XBX was demonstrated with Conroe, so it's a reasonably safe bet in that regard but probably isn't as good at overclocking as the Asus line.
Does the Intel D975XBX have any overclock options ?
is it loud ?
my MB thinks it a jet,ASUS on RMA,must have 975x but must overclock
why buy a monster overclocker and not go for a least a pretty huge OC ?
I had already decided to build monster water from hell and had the parts before going back to Intel/ATI . I wanted the best OC Chip I could get opty148-152,4 fx57,fx60 whatever whats another 500$ when your spending 2500 anyway and I was hoping to use my 2GB DDR. still went presler 950
AMD math @ my clock would be 4500 for each Core plus 2Mb Cache
4500x2=9000 + 500 for extra Cache = 9500mhz P4 in AMD math system