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

Chad Fluegge chadfluegge at gmail.com
Wed Sep 12 08:37:43 CDT 2012

I would tend to agree...I think that most of the performance boost is
going to come from the RAM upgrade. If I were you, I would have looked
into matched pairs...but that's me. On the other hand, as was alluded
to, $14 isn't that much of an investment.

If I were in your shoes, I would go for it. :)

On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 8:16 AM, Tim Young <Tim.Young at lightsys.org> wrote:
> 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
>>> timothy.butler at gracepca.net <mailto:tim.butler at gracepca.net>
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>>> and the grace of God."/-- Martin Luther
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Chad Sr, Jess, Lil' Sam, Cynthia, & CJ Fluegge
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