Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

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Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby PcBytes » 2018-8-12 @ 18:21

So I'm planning on buying a BX board (Lucky Star 6ABX2V) and remembered that I bought a Pentium III 450MHz a while back and had no use for it.

What do you think? How is the performance between these two? Is there a noticeable difference in Windows 9x games (and DOS as well) between the two?
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby oeuvre » 2018-8-12 @ 20:35

go with the PIII bro
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby Phreeze » 2018-8-13 @ 14:05

dos no. like every p166 plays all dosgames perfectly.

windows ? depends :) so go for the faster
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby amadeus777999 » 2018-8-13 @ 15:25

Architecture wise the PIII is marginally faster.
Other than that its merely a 45/35 brute force advantage if you get the PIII. SSE will only play a theoretical role I guess.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby The Serpent Rider » 2018-8-13 @ 15:33

How is the performance between these two?

Almost the same as PII 450. You might as well go with overclocked Mendocino Celeron.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby appiah4 » 2018-8-13 @ 15:43

Depends on your graphics card; the PIII 450 will net you much, much better results out of anything from a Voodoo 2 onwards.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby The Serpent Rider » 2018-8-13 @ 16:03

the PIII 450 will net you much, much better results

25% in best case scenario.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby appiah4 » 2018-8-13 @ 16:10

The Serpent Rider wrote:
the PIII 450 will net you much, much better results

25% in best case scenario.


25% is not an insignificant jump.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby Errius » 2018-8-13 @ 16:17

Personally I would go for the Pentium II 350 MHz because it was what my own machine had back in those days. It ran all of my favorite games just fine.

If you want moar power then install a 1.4 GHz Tualatin Celeron.
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Re: Pentium II 350MHz or Pentium III 450MHz?

Postby PcBytes » 2018-8-13 @ 16:31

appiah4 wrote:Depends on your graphics card; the PIII 450 will net you much, much better results out of anything from a Voodoo 2 onwards.

nVidia TNT2 M64 32MB is what I want to use. I do have a GF2 MX400 64MB as a alternate option, but I think that would be too much.

I'll probably go with the Pentium III 450MHz in the end, just to have enough performance for games. OS is going to be Windows 98 SE.
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