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At 07:55 PM 7/17/99 -0700, you wrote: >I am planning to upgrade my PC to perform properly with a film scanner, >Photoshop, and an Epson 1200 printer, using an AMC or Cyrix processer rather >than a Pentium II or III. Can anyone tell me what disadvantages this may >entail, based on personal experience? > >My thanks for any comments. The Intel Pentium CPUs still have the best- performing FPUs (floating point units) but you can get a huge bang-for-the-buck from the AMD K6-2 processors. Or wait a short while for AMD's K7 chips, which sound like they're going to be awesome. Cyrix has announced its intention of getting out of the Pentium-clone game, so these chips are (or will be) getting scarce. That leaves AMD as Intel's sole competitor in this arena. Graphics processing (as often as not) is done with integer math, so floating-point performance is not all that critical to applications like Photoshop. (Though certain plugins may use the FPU more than the core program itself does.) What's often overlooked though, are all the other factors that influence the overall speed of a computing system. The CPU is only one part of the equation. For example, the amount of level-2 cache, the speed of the memory bus, the amount of RAM and hard disk space, the quality of the video board, etc., and so on. rafe b. - Please: Stay on topic. Trim quoted messages. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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