Originally posted by Doublehelix: I guess the Intel Prescott CPUs are about to be released. Does anyone know anything about them and what their advantage over the Northridge P4's besides the larger cache?
From the [="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040201/index.html"]Tom's Hardware review[/], it looks like there are significant advantages to[="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040201/prescott-16.html"] audio processing[/] as long as[="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040201/prescott-26.html"] hyperthreading is enabled[/]. Notice in that second graph that the speed of the render is >slower< than an equivalent Northwood chip, when hyperthreading is not enabled.
It runs considerably hotter, and needs more power - the review says that [="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040201/prescott-06.html#is_your_motherboard_prescott_ready"]some existing motherboards won't take it simply because they can't provide the juice it requires[/]. It's also less overclockable.
However the price is comparable to the Northwood chip. Cool.