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Differences between Pentium II & III

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Hi

We have a 7 year old pc here, with an Intel SR440BX motherboard. It came with 64MB 100MHz RAM, now it has 128MB 133MHz + 256MB 133MHz RAM, offcourse working at 100MHz because the board only supports 66 & 100 MHz. The cpu is an Pentium II 400MHz. Now I found a second hand Pentium III 550MHz for only a couple of €'s. The maximum the board can handle is a Pentium III 600MHz. Will there be a noticable gain in performance? It's only 150MHz difference but maybe the PIII has some more features. We don't need to buy a new pc or spend a lot of money on it because it's doing fine what we want it to do: scanning, printing, office, windows xp, internet. If we can boost performance with only a few €'s it would be nice.

Thanks

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well a 150mhz increase is certanly great at that rate almost a 50% increase in processing power, the pIII's had something over the pII's, so if its cheap id do it.

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It will give you some extra SSE instructions, so multimedia apps will run smoother. to bad it´s an INTEL board else you could OC it easely to 120~133MHz bus ;).

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There are two types of p3's with different cores, Katmai's and Coppermine's. Get the Coppermine version if you can (it has faster L2 cache).

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Thank you guys for your response. I will try to get this stuff, the owner didn't respond yet though. I don't really have the choise between Katmai and Coppermine, this information is most of the time not known. Maybe the SR440BX only supports the slowest.

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come on! 400mhz is a blessing! lol

my dads comp is ~7-8 yrs old and has a 350mhz pII and we upgraded the ram to 3x128mb. i made a nice nlited xp for it and it runs amazing.

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Maybe the SR440BX only supports the slowest.

That board should be able to run upto a 650MHz coppermine I think. See this article.

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Lazy intel gives this. I´m almost sure it will work up to 900MHz with 100MHz FSB, only Microcodes are not update so it could be seen as unknown processor.

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