Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83ghz displaying as Pentium III Xeon
im a novice.but out of curiosity i built a pc with the help from internet.
Foxconn Mars motherboard
4GB DDR2 RAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83ghz
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme with Scythe S-FLEX 120mm 1600 RPM Quiet Fan Corsair PSU 650W Ultraquiet 1TB WD HDD LG BluRay Writer 512MB PCI-E NVidia Inno3D GeForce 9800GT
it took me full day to assemble it. power is on...i allowed it to do on its own and then i loaded windows xp pro 32bit ....ok...but now when i checked for specifications it is showing as pentium III Xeon cpu instead of quad Q9550.other thing is...is there anything i need to do with bios or anything else...can anyone help me please...i appreciate your help...thank you
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You can only mix the same family processors with different stepping and speed. Pentium D is not in the same family as a Xeon. So no, you can not. For as long as the processors are in the same family, you can mix dual core with quad core and even different speed.
Here is Windows Xp requirements:
PC with 300 megahertz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required (single or dual processor system);* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, or AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features) 1.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space* Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher-resolution video adapter and monitor CD-ROM or DVD drive Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Intel processors come in all shapes and sizes so I'll try to be brief by discussing only the ones that are current on the market.
The market for intel processors are currently divided into 2 sides. One side if for single core processors while the other is for multi-cores.
Pentium 4, Pentium M, Celeron, Core Solo (Not very common)
These cpus are single cores meaning that they only have one processor. They are relatively cheap compared to multicores. The difference between these are clock values, hyper threading, 64 bit support, and FSB. Pentium 4 and Celerons are cores found in desktops while the M is found in laptops. Single cores generally have low FSB but high clock speeds. Think of it as having a lot of water pressure but only a straw to dispense it. That's how fsb and clock values work. So single cores should provide you with a lot of raq power but they're not good at multi-tasking or jobs that requires it divide it's attention. Games like Crysis will be better with multi-cores because the pc has to generate so many different things at once while focusing on countless calculations and processes. the hyperthreading support does help the single core pentium 4s with multi-tasking but it's not as much as multicores. So if you're just looking for something with a lot of raw power. These are for you.
Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad
These are multi-core processors developed by intel. They are used in both laptops and desktops except for the quad. It's used in desktops only. The first 2 processors are dual cores while the last is quad cored. These processors have a high FSB rating and generally lower clock speed. So you have to be careful when looking at these. The high fsb means that the system does really really well with dividing and transferring it's processing power, but if you get a low clock speed then there's not enough power to begin with for the assignment. Example you may have a large hose but if you have low water pressure.. it's useless. That's why multi-cores are great for the modern pc user who multitasks way too much but if it's under 2.0ghz in clock speed. You should be worried about not having enough raw power to get you through intensive work. Multicores generally cost a lot more than single cores since they're relatively new technology. Btw the Core 2 Duo is faster than the Core Duo by about 7%. Meanwhile the quadcore is the ultimate in processor goodness but costs $400+.
I hope these facts helped.