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Trish

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Hello....I am looking to upgrade and I am trying to understand the different between a normal P4 and Prescott P4. From what I have read, the Prescott is suppose to be faster.

I really don't understand, because for $349 you can get a 'Intel Socket 775 Pentium 4 3.2GHZ 800MHZ FSB CPU'

However for $325 you get a Intel S478 Pentium 4 3.2EGhz 800FSB Prescott HT CPU

As you can see, both are 3.2Ghz, so if the Prescott is suppose to be a faster and better processor, why is it cheaper??? Does anyone recommend the Prescott over the normal P4....are there any problems with the Prescott??? I am kinda only starting out in this kinda stuff, so go easy...Thanks in advance :tazz:
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hi, this is kind of late... i hope i can help from what i've read recently! As far as i know, or at least from what you just told me, only the prescott has HT. If that's right, then it's all clear^^. HT (hyper-threading), simply put, produces a second, "imaginary", core or cpu, i don't know :tazz:. It actually tells your cpu that there's a second one. Sort of lol. Anyhow, consequently, it makes the cpu faster. If you've heard of it, in the 3Q 2005 there will be a processor called "smithfield" which will actually have 2 cores.
There's just one.... ah i can't think of the word, ill have to use "problem". HT can only be used, at least in games, as far as i know, if it is programmed with "mutlithreading". Otherwise it can't be used and is therefore useless. I don't know if that applies to windows etc as well. Hope that sort of helps ~~. You're probably better off searching the web about HT.
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oh, it's cheaper... i thought it was the more expensive one lol^^. Maybe one's on sale, or used? Or maybe it has to do with the 3.2"E"Ghz. Maybe the e means something like that the ghz are screwed up with ht? I have no idea lol ^^
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