First post, by brassicGamer
The Tualatin has historically been a bit of a hot topic round these parts and reading up on other people's builds is what introduced me to this legend. It became a bit of an obsession and so I decided to try and get as much as possible into one place regarding this special CPU. I hope that some of you will find it an interesting read.
Obviously the highest priority in any such an endeavour is accuracy, and I've done my absolute best to ensure that everything I've written is factual with over 60 articles referenced. Obviously if anyone finds something they disagree with then I'd welcome a discussion about it. 😀 Topics covered include:
- changes introduced over Coppermine,
- how to identify visually,
- getting it working with BX motherboards,
- how it performs against the Pentium 4.
Here's an extract from the beginning of the article: a game of...
TRUE or FALSE?
- You can easily tell the difference between a Coppermine and a Tualatin because there's no integrated heat spreader on a Coppermine.
- Although released 6 months after the Pentium 4, Tualatin was the first Intel CPU to use the 0.13µm manufacturing process.
- Tualatin CPUs cannot be used on standard Pentium III motherboard because they use AGTL+ signalling instead of AGTL.
- Intel's controversial Processor Serial Number feature, introduced with the Pentium III, was not implemented in Tualatin CPUs following privacy concerns.
- Intel won the GHz war, by releasing their 1GHz Pentium III a month before AMD's Athlon.
- The Coppermine CPU is so-called because it uses copper interconnects instead of aluminium.
- The 1.4GHz Tualatin-based Celeron was so good at overclocking, you could get it to run at 2.6GHz.
- Although not in the Xeon family, the Tualatin could be used in configurations of up to 8 CPUs.