Duron 1200/1300 vs Thunderbird 1200/1333

jacktesterson

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which is the better processor to put in my old ECS K7VZA motherboard to upgrade my fathers PC? (a p 166, wow) Its new slower technlogy vs faster older technology....what do you think? if duron, will i need to upgrade the bios?
 

microAmp

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Depends on what your dad does, but probably a Duron. As far as the BIOS goes, what version do you have? Check the manufacture's website to compare what your version supports vs. what the updated BIOS version does.
 

Markfw

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Unless the board doesn't support the Athlon (which I really doubt), the 1333 would be much faster. Those only came in the 133 mhz bus version, and the t-bird is faster than the Duron anyway. I have both. Get the t-bird at any speed. The local shop here only has the 1.4c available (133 bus).
 

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Originally posted by: AMDHardcoreFan
which is the better processor to put in my old ECS K7VZA motherboard to upgrade my fathers PC? (a p 166, wow) Its new slower technlogy vs faster older technology....what do you think? if duron, will i need to upgrade the bios?

Athlon is faster, because:

(1) You can run your memory at 133 MHz with Athlon, and only at 100 MHz with Duron.
(2) Duron has a castrated cache.

Leo
 

human2k

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cmon....duron is low-end (like celeron).........athlon tbird is high end (well use to be).........its not rocket science.;)
 

jacktesterson

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Well the new Duron 1100 is faster than the P III 1.13 Tul. according to Toms Hardware.....the Thunderbird is old technology now.....but I was just wondering if it still is much faster
 

jacktesterson

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yeah never mind, i thought the Duron was 133 MHz fsb, that made me question the speed. the computer will be used mostly for business apps and internet.
 

Woodchuck2000

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That said, the new duron (morgan core) has SSE support, so under certain applications it can be better than the t-bird.

The duron has the advantage of running cooler so if noise is a factor that will come into effect.
Also, the duron is probably cheaper so if it's only used for office and internet, get the Duron.