[CS-FSLUG] Upgrading a Northwood CPU...

Tim Young Tim.Young at LightSys.org
Wed Sep 12 07:16:27 CDT 2012

I do not remember enough about CPUs from that era.

My experience has been that the overall speed-up of a system would be 
seen with the other upgrades you have done.  Most CPU upgrades were 
very marginal unless you were upgrading to the next model of CPU.  
But for $14, it is tempting, especially since it is around 20% 
increase in "speed".  Again, most of the bottlenecks are usually 
memory, swapping, throughput, etc.  You will be lucky to see a small 
part of that increase.  But $14 is not much...

     - Tim Young

On 9/12/2012 1:00 AM, Timothy Butler wrote:
> I'm surprised no one has an opinion on this. Too old to hold any 
> opinion any longer?
> Blessings,
> Tim
> On Sep 9, 2012, at 6:17 PM, Timothy Butler <tbutler at ofb.biz 
> <mailto:tbutler at ofb.biz>> wrote:
>> OK, here's a weird question for you. Almost nine years ago, I 
>> built a Shuttle SB62G2 computer for an /Open for Business /review. 
>> While these days it is quite old, it was a very nice system for 
>> the time -- SATA, AGP 8x, RAID support, a fast processor, etc. 
>> Well, the computer I have in my church office is an AMD Sempron 
>> 3000+ system that, I believe is actually slower than my little old 
>> Shuttle. The Sempron also doesn't support the resolution of the 
>> nice 19" LCD I salvaged from another staff member who left.
>> So, I thought I would upgrade my little Northwood-based Shuttle a 
>> bit and see if I couldn't make it into a decent system that I 
>> could live with for awhile. (Ideally, until the church is in the 
>> black again and could justify replacing my system with a nice 
>> little Mac mini :-)).
>> Long prologue finished: Here's what I've ordered in upgrades...
>> - 2 GB of ram for $31, moving up from 512 MB.
>> - A 120 GB SSD for $34 (Amazon special)
>> - A GeForce FX 5200 with 256 MB of RAM for $21 (new on eBay)
>> Maybe this isn't the best way to go about getting a workable 
>> system, but it's kind of fun and I think it might actually be a 
>> decent little system.
>> The big question: I have a Northwood (HyperThreaded) 2.6 GHz CPU 
>> in it. On eBay I see used Northwood and Prescott Pentium 4 3.2 
>> GHz's and Pentium 4 Extreme Editions that in theory should be 
>> compatible with my system and cost $7-$15. Do you think the 
>> performance gains are enough to make an attempted upgrade worthwhile?
>> Blessings,
>> Tim
>> ________________________
>> Timothy R. Butler
>> Discipleship Pastor
>> Grace Presbyterian Church
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>> the glory and the grace of God."/-- Martin Luther
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