Reply 40 of 54, by slivercr
canthearu wrote on 2020-12-19, 13:52:
I currently use my core 2 quad box as an overpowered windows XP machine as well.
But, it certainly has some legs, and would still do a surprising amount of the stuff I need to do today with OK performance. Running Vista or Windows 7, or even windows 10, really isn't bad at all on it. Likewise, running windows XP really isn't a waste either, as there are plenty of newer computers about to run my later software.
As for the Pentium 4 .... bleugh. It was a pretty terrible, marketing focused design. However, for building retro computers with them, the northwood and cedar wood versions of the P4 are not too bad. The Prescott versions are quite awful, and the original Willamette versions, are fun because of their uniqueness and rareness. I always stuck with the Athlon CPUs at the time, switching back to Intel with the core 2 quad Q6600 came out.
I have a spare C2Q PC in the office that runs W10, its paired with a 750Ti that helps with video decoding. Its still a very capable machine and W10 runs very well. It dual-boots into XP and let me tell you, its a great XP gaming machine!
Concerning the Pentium4 being "marketing oriented", I'll continue to play devil's advocate here and say that not all the fault lies with intel, in general the consumer is fairly ignorant and equates frequency with performance 🤷🏽
You could argue that the Athlon XP was more "marketing oriented" than the P4, considering the performance rating they came up with. (N.B.: I used AMD exclusively since the first Athlon dropped, until Sandy Bridge.)