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Sazar

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#1
all right lads... I replaced my msi kt3 ultra/amd 1900+/ddr 2700 with a p4 3.0c/msi 865PE Neo2/corsair xms ddr3200

gonna try and stick in a psuedo review on the forums with my thoughts and impressions of my first intel rig in a long time :)

first impressions... this baby is a blast :cool:
 

Sazar

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I just installed my 2 new harddrives and am experimenting with striping/mirroring/striping and mirroring :cool:

also one of my friends 'borrowed' my system disks :(

I have to wait for him to bring it back so I can install all my video card drivers...
 
#5
Ooh, welcome to the world of REAL processors.
You know I'm kidding.
Looking forward to the review. You have a classy system to play with there. ;)
 

Sazar

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#6
heh ;)

yah.. its not bad... hyperthreading certainly makes things interesting when there is a lot of processor load :) and the motherboard is SWEET :D

I currently have 8 usb ports active... and space for 2 more for the front lol... and I have 4 firewire ports :D

I did manage to fill up all my IDE channels today... perhaps a long way in the future I will consider s-ata... right now the performance differential is not much and since I am striping I am sure I will get good enough performance :cool:
 
#7
Hmm...always wondered how much HT improved real-world, day-to-day performance. Maybe you can give us some insight now. :)

Ah darn laptops...I could do with some more USB ports :p And those unpowered hubs don't seem to do the job too well either.
One firewire works for me though.
 

Sazar

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well... as it stands... d'top performance in day to day apps is far superior to what I had with my 1900+... everything is smoother...

I am still dling and installing apps so gaming performance will come later...

the northbridge cooling fan has built in led's that light things up real nice :cool:

loved it honesty...

bout the usb's... well one for mouse/keyboard/microphone/remote controller for the AIW and I am getting up there :)

the top row of usb ports is all filled up right now...

boot up is ridiculously fast.. you know that little bar that appears when winxp is loading ? with the little streaming banner that rolls by like night-rider's light thinger ?

well it only goes by about 1/2 way before windows starts loading... it used to go round a couple of times before...
 
#9
Originally posted by Sazar
the northbridge cooling fan has built in led's that light things up real nice :cool:
Wow, sounds sweet :D

Originally posted by Sazar
boot up is ridiculously fast.. you know that little bar that appears when winxp is loading ? with the little streaming banner that rolls by like night-rider's light thinger ?

well it only goes by about 1/2 way before windows starts loading... it used to go round a couple of times before...
Damn! That's freaking insane. I'm sure the RAM is making a difference there too though, right?
I barely ever go through a full reboot on my lappy though. It's usually just standby/hibernate and resume.
 

Sazar

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#10
Originally posted by NetRyder
I barely ever go through a full reboot on my lappy though. It's usually just standby/hibernate and resume.
I used to leave my system on a fair bit... I still do... its on almost all day so I can use remote desktop from school or work on it @ home...

generally my system is on for 20 hrs a day... all day over weekends... but it tends to be off more often when my gf is around..
 
#12
My 3.0GHz should be here Friday. My system is already fricken' fast compared to anything else I've used. I hope there's at least some difference.
 

Sazar

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#13
Originally posted by Eck
My 3.0GHz should be here Friday. My system is already fricken' fast compared to anything else I've used. I hope there's at least some difference.
thats a nice mobo as well... :)

oc'ing should be a breeze... I dunno what asus calls their PAT but if it works anything like my boards.. you are going to have some serious fun :cool:
 
#15
Interesting. I have an XP2000 at home and just got a 2.8 gig P4 at work. Both systems have 512 Ram. The system at work runs Win 2000, Win XP at home.

I don't see a whole lot of speed improvement on the P4 2.8 gig over the XP2000 for every day applications. If anything the system at home is a little better. Probably because of the 9500 Pro vs on board video at work.

(Rant Pause: The barbarians order state of the art CPU's and brain dead graphics... Sigh! But it does have a CDRW with DVD ROM. I guess they want me to spend the day watching movies or something?)

Load times on both systems are so fast I don't even have time to check my voice mail before they boot. I'll have to clock them> Still need to check what the FSB and RAM speeds are at work. After 3 days I'm still trying to find where the IT people hid all my programs and data so I haven't started poking around into the hardware yet.
 

Sazar

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#16
Originally posted by xsivforce
Hiding the pr0n, eh? ;)
;)

btw leejend... over my 1900+... this is a far superior system... there is a noticeable speed improvement... very clear...

HT helps for sure but so does PAT :)
 
#17
Just installed my 3.0GHz. It's nice, haven't really done anything. So far, I can't tell much of a difference in Windows. My Sandra memory benchmark jumped up to 4880 MB/s.

One problem though:
Before, with my 2.4GHz, I could enable memory acceleration. Now, when I enable it my machine won't POST. :'(

I guess since I'm now running my DDR @ 400 as opposed to 266, it can't handle the mem accel. at 400. Oh well, not a biggie.
 

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