Alright, I'll admit
it... I was a William Shatner fan. That is to
say, when old Bill played the all powerful James T. Kirk, I
couldn't help but admire his swagger and command of the
situation. Unfortunately, times change and old Bill
finds himself stooping to the level of lame Priceline.com
commercials. He's merely a shell of the man he use to
be. Ahh, but I can still hear the words echoing in my
head, "we must have more power Scotty!" Yes sir, ol'
Bill sure did know how to command attention, back in the
Well, much like the
James T. Kirk of old, Intel has a way of
commanding attention. There is no denying it.
However, Scotty would think twice about his typical "I
caaaan't give it anymooore Captain" response, if he had
2GHz. of power under the hood.
This is a taste of
the type of performance you'll find when flying Intel's
latest Starship, the Pentium 4 2GHz. processor. Set
your phasers to stun folks, this should be an eventful
|Specifications of the
Pentium 4 2GHz. Processor
Same Die Geometry -
- Available at speeds ranging from 1.4GHz. to 2 GHz.
- Featuring the new Intel NetBurst micro-architecture
- Supported by the Intel® 850 chipset
- Fully compatible with existing Intel
- Internet Streaming SIMD Extensions 2
- Intel® MMX™ media enhancement technology
- Memory cacheability up to 4 GB of addressable memory
space and system memory scalability up to 64 GB of
- Support for uni-processor designs
- Based upon Intel’s 0.18 micron manufacturing process
- 1.7 to 1.75 operating voltage range
real difference for this iteration of the Pentium 4, other
than clock speed, is the package. Intel's Micro PGA (mPGA)
device, has 478 pins versus their legacy 423 pin package.
This provides more power and ground pins, which will help
provide a more robust power plane to the device and minimize
noise with better grounding. As such, stable 2+GHz. speeds
will be obtained.
This new package of
course requires, new cooling form factors. However,
just because we have a smaller Pentium 4, doesn't mean that
heat sinks will be any smaller. As you can see in the
shot on the right, stock cooling from Intel is mammoth and
so are third party solutions from Thermaltake.
new P4 is much more compact size and it's package seems far
better suited for
dissipating heat. This allows for lower core temps, as
you will see in the pages to follow.
One note is that
Intel plans to offer a 2GHz. Socket 423 version but that is
the end of the line for the 423 pin out. Higher
forthcoming clock speeds will all be in this new 478 pin
Let's plug this
petite little number in and take it for a spin.
Motherboards and The Setup