On Fri, Apr 28, 2000 at 10:03:49AM +0100, John N S Gill wrote:
>> > And the working set of a compile is probably a lot larger
> > than SETI, which disadvantages the Celeron even more, so
> > the Athlon with the 50% faster core, ??% faster memory
> > bus and larger cache would probably be faster overall.
> > Yea or nay?
>> > And if Dabs have Athlon 750s for the same price as
> > two Celeron 533s, then I guess the Athlon is the one
> > to go for...
>> Another factor is that you only get significant benefit from multiple
> processors when you are running multiple cpu bound processes simultaneously
> ie if it is a single cpu bound process it will run on just one of your
> celery chips and the Athlon wins hands down....
That's why we have make -j2. It tells make to run two commands
simultaneously, thus actually using both processors.
Remember, my primary motivation for buying a faster machine is to
speed up kernel compiles (much to the amusement of Niall O'Broin!).
So, choices, choices... Athlon 750 or dual Celeron 533? The
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