Cheap chips given airing, watering

— 10:01 AM on March 31, 2004

The guys at the cold, HardOCP have taken the runt of the Pentium 4 Prescott litter, the 2.4A version with no Hyper-Threading and a 533MHz bus, and torqued it all the way up to 3.7GHz on an 820MHz bus. They're calling it "an instant classic" of CPU overclocking, and they even have a recommendation for a cheap motherboard to go with it. Could this be Prescott's redemption?

On the other side of the fence, the guys at AMDZone have reviewed the new budget condender from AMD, the Athlon 64 2800+. The A64 2800+ isn't slow by any means, but it does appear that the loss of 200MHz (down to 1.8GHz) on the Hammer core really impacts performance. The 2800+ may not be worth the money you'd save buying this CPU instead of the Athlon 64 3000+. (See our A64 3000+ review for the scoop on that chip.) As for overclocking, the review doesn't say much about it, but they're promising more info soon.

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