Written on: 19/07/2001 by Mr Downs. (1 review written)
Beats the Pentium 4 on perfromance and price, overclockable
Need a good heatsink and 300 watt power supply
Always tended to use Intel in the past and had plans to build a Pentium 4 system for myself but on closer investigation into the price I was put off.
I found the Thunderbird to be a very reliable processor, it has been tested to the max since the day I finished my PC and I have not been let down yet.
I have a 1.3GHz setup with Gefore III graphics card and 512MB SDRAM and my machine now boots up far faster than I imagined it would.
Easy to install, plenty of places seem to sell and stock the high end models but make sure you only get the 266FSB version if you motherboard supports it, I almost purchased the wrong one as my motherboard will only do the 200FSB.
It is also worth using some heat compound between the processor and heatsink as I found that this knocks a few degress of the operating temp.
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