On 12/6/05, Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal dash pc dot org> wrote:
> Keep in mind that CPU is only part of the picture. Buss speed plays a major
> roll here. Try and have your high demand cards in separate bussmastering
> slots. Have a high speed buss, at the expense of a lower speed chip.
Yeah, but the two go hand in hand for the most part. A Celeron 433,
or P3, has a much more capable bus than the old P166 he was using.
And either/or is sufficient if all you need is 100 Mb wire speed.
That's 200 Mbps through the PCI bus, or 25 MBps, of 133 MBps max PCI
bus speed (about 18% of max, plenty of room to spare).
If we were talking about 5+ 100 Mb NIC's, or gig NIC's, this would be
a completely different story. At this scale, bus speed isn't much of
a factor once you get into the P3 range.