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Pentium 4 goes 533Mhz FSB @ 2.4GHz - Conclusion

Everyone knew it was happening, and some even knew when. Intel made the leap to a quad-pumped Pentium4 processor with a base FSB of 133MHz. Will this boost make it any more competitive in the current processor wars? Come join Cameron "Sov" Johnson as he puts this question to the test by checking out the brand new 2.4GHz Penitum4 running it's 533MHz quad-pumped in all its glory. It's time to see if we can separate the men from the boys!

By: | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 5, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Intel



At the end of the day, the Intel Pentium 4 with a 533MHz FSB is a full-on jump in the right direction for Intel. This new advancement allows for the current Pentium 4 line to gain extra ground over existing P4's, upcoming P4 Celeron's and the Athlon XP, which is still stuck on a 2.1GB/s bandwidth.


The overall increase of the system bandwidth allows for faster memory (especially with DDR-400 and above being released). Intel has moved towards a light they never seem to have seen before. Intel has stated that the i850E is only a temporary solution to the Pentium 4 533FSB CPU. Intel has made its move away from RDRAM and this has proven to be a big seller now, especially in the OEM market. With DDR-SDRAM and i845D going into Compaq, IBM and HP computers, it's good to see this standard take off.


On the negative side of things, we only found one flaw; Price. Pentium 4 2.4GHz CPU's are retailing at over $1200 AUD, resulting in a massive cost if you want to put together a high-speed Pentium 4, and driving up the costs if OEM's want to use this same chip.


- Pros


Ultra Fast








Upcoming DDR support


- Cons


Very expensive for a CPU


Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award.



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