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Core i3 at 2.7 GHz Vs Pentium 4 3 GHz

June 18th, 2011 7 comments

Pranav Hansija from India ask this question

Question – My new computer is a Intel core i3 based ( 1st generation)  clocked at  2.7 GHz. I also have an old Pentium 4 that is clocked at 3 GHz. Apparently does it mean that the older Pentium 4 Computer is  Better?

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Can Integrated graphics in Core i5 be used ?

June 18th, 2011 3 comments

Sam from Nahua, New Hampshire asks

Question – I understand that intel core i5 comes with  HD intergrated graphics. My question is can I use the integrated graphics of core i5 and I do not need and external  graphics card ?

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Motherboards for AMD Bulldozer

June 18th, 2011 2 comments

Lance Forman from Foxboro, MA asks this question

Question – I understand that AMD’s Bulldozer is going to be released soon. My question is

– Can I use the older AM3 motherboard for the AMD Bulldozer ?
– What are the new cheap motherboards that will support AMD bulldozer processor for desktop ?

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How to find the platform number of a Train in India

June 14th, 2011 5 comments

Dinesh Singh from Haridwar, India asks this question

Question – How to find the platform number of a Train in India ? I know the train number and the train name. As an example from which platform does Haridwar Express 14115 depart from Allahabad Junction ?

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Difference Between AM3 and AM3+ Socket

May 25th, 2011 6 comments


Question – What is the difference between the AM3 and AM3+ socket ?

Answer –

1. Socket AM3 has 941 pins while the Socket AM3+ has 942 pins ( citation and confirmation from AMD needed)

2. newer Motherboards supporting AM3+ sockets are likely to have faster memory speed support and faster HyperTransport support. So, it may be preferable to buy an AM3+ based motherboard for the bulldozer processor, rather than buying a BIOS upgraded AM3 base motherboard.

3. Mechanically the AM3+ sockets have thicker hole size ( 0.51 mm) as compared to only 0.45 mm hole size of the AM3 socket. The bigger hole increases the current carrying capacity. This improves the power delivery capability. The wider hole size in AM3+ socket will ease the insertion of the CPU in the hole. This should reduce the CPU bend problem. ( Source : ASRock)

4. The AM3+ sockets will be marked with AM3b and some socket manufacturers have used black color to differentiate it with the white color AM3 socket. The AM3 sockets are marked AM3.

5. The AM3+ socket is intended for the newer AMD Bulldozer processors, while the AM3 socket is for all the earlier Phenom ii and Athlon ii Processors.

6. The AM3+ sockets are backward compatible with the AM3 socket. All the earlier processors that worked on AM3 sockets will also work on AM3 socket.

7. The bulldozer processors can also work on some of the earlier AM3 sockets with BIOS upgrade. Some of the manufacturers have made announcements for the BIOS upgrade.

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