Intel 2.8GHz Pentium 4 CPU

Intel chip speed has leaped from 2.53GHz to 2.8GHz with its latest release, which is sure to please ultimate performance seekers and early adopters. Apart from the speed increment, the chip is identical to the previous releases of the Pentium 4.

We tested the chip on an Intel D850EMV motherboard along with 512MB of PC800 RDRAM, an ASUS V8440 GeForce4 Ti4400 graphics adapter and a 7200rpm 40GB IBM hard drive.

The performance result of 259 we received in SYSMark 2001 is an improvement of only 3.5 per cent, and office application performance was identical to that of the 2.53GHz chip we tested in August. Internet content creation, however, registered a more significant improvement of almost 7 per cent, indicating that the more intense your needs, the more you will benefit from this latest processor.

If productivity applications such Microsoft's Office suite are all you'll be using, then a 2.8GHz processor is overkill. However, if you are in the content creation or multimedia business, you will definitely benefit by buying as fast a CPU as you can afford.

This new chip from Intel will cost roughly $1265, according to some loose estimates we received.

Price: $TBA.

URL: www.intel.com.au.

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