retep_110 wrote on 2023-06-05, 06:53:
[...] but as the future owner hp system with p3 800mhz cpu the statement that p3 800mhz is too slow for windows 98 is a bit discouraging. I though that for game from 1997 to 1999 800mhz would more than enough to play the games in good quality at least in medium settings..
I think you misinterpreted what was said.
Let me try and explain it differently. When you are purchasing a new car, you have the option of buying additional features like, for example, a heated steering wheel. Now, how often you will actually use this feature will depend on a lot of factors (most importantly, your actual country of residence). You might only need it a few times per year, which is not really a lot in the grand scheme of things. But, trust me, when you do need it... you will fully appreciate it. 😀
It's the same with PC hardware (and not just retro hardware). Sometimes, having that extra "feature" (i.e. extra power, in this case) will make your overall experience better.
Look at Hogwarts Legacy, a recent and very resource intensive game. At the time of this writing, there isn't any hardware available on the market that can run this game at a consistent 60+ FPS with Ultra details/Ray Tracing (without frame generation), because the game is heavily CPU bottlenecked when using these settings. Does this mean that the Intel 13900K / AMD 7800X3D are bad CPUs? No, absolutely not. However, 10 years from now, if you want to play Hogwarts Legacy, you will most likely go with a more powerful configuration to fully enjoy it without any restrictions.
So.. is an 800 MHz Pentium 3 a very good CPU for a retro build? Absolutely! It's an awesome CPU, actually. Many games of the era will run perfectly fine with it, some at hundreds of FPS. However, there will be some specific "Hogwarts Legacy" type outliers (which you might or might not be interested in) that are best played on (much) more powerful hardware.
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