The 32 frame increase at 800x600 is a huge one, and Quake III is
silky smooth at such breakneck speeds. I am aware of the arguments of how
60FPS is the max that anyone can discern, and I personally disagree, whenever my
frames drop below 90 I can sense a certain amount of choppiness that makes it
less comfortable to play. On maps like RA3MAP4, it's not unusual to find
the frame rates stagger below 60 FPS... so naturally a score of 176.5 FPS is
great, but there is always room for improvement :)
If you are not a Quake III fanatic,
there is still a good reason for a 1Ghz processor, bragging rights! Well not
really, personally when I am not playing games, I am absolutely thrilled to
be working with a machine that is so darn fast at everything
that I throw at it, how about playing a DVD with WinDVD 2000, and watching a
Toronto Raptors game at the same time ( windowed of course, via a
PCI TV Tuner -- forth coming review :)? I can, and I
The sheer power that a 1Ghz CPU provides is staggering. Resizing
images in Photoshop was once a mundane and arduous task, but not anymore, it
just zips right by! I am not RECOMMENDING that everyone should go out and
purchase a 1Ghz or faster processor, but when it comes for "free" via
overclocking, then go RIGHT AHEAD and do it! Having a processor in quadruple
digits is a luxury for a select few, but with the low cost of the Duron, and the
relative ease that I had with overclocking it to 1ghz, makes the Duron a
reasonable choice for overclocker's to join the 1Ghz club.
Bear in mind thought, not all Duron CPU's are able to reach
1Ghz, naturally with overclocking, results will vary, but 850Mhz - 950Mhz happens
to be the most common range for all Duron processors (informal poll with all of
my friends and colleagues that have purchased Duron processors).
I rarely endorse any processor so strongly, but the Duron 700Mhz
(or any Duron processor for that matter) get ringing endorsements from me. There
has never been such a great performing "value" available on the open
market, the Geforce2 MX cards are close behind the Duron in terms of "bang for
the buck" worthiness. But nothing, not even the Celeron 300A days of
yore can compete with the AMD Duron in terms of budget performance appeal.
You've seen it yourself, with a few bios tweaks, you can get
'uber' memory scores that improve multitasking, and everything else in general,
and with some luck and decent cooling, you can get a 1Ghz monster from a
Once again, the Duron 700Mhz gets my endorsement as an
incredibly quick CPU that with Quake III scores that prove it, and it doesn't
come to you with much pain in the wallet either.
Watch for an upcoming review, where we take an 800Mhz T-bird
Socket A Athlon to 1Ghz and beyond, and do some Quake III comparisons, to see
what CPU you should choose.