Users have been warned not to rush to buy PCs based on the new Intel Prescott Pentium 4 processor, which was launched last week. This is despite it offering enhanced performance and potential cost savings.
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According to Ashim Pal, vice-president at analyst firm Meta Group, Prescott will offer users price and performance benefits in the long term. "The 90 nanometer process will reduce the die size of the chip [producing] a lower cost of manufacturing and ultimately, lower acquisition costs for users," he said.
According to Pal, further benefits include improvements to power management and the speed of the processor.
But even with these improvements Pal said he was not
convinced that the Prescott processor would give users a convincing reason to speed up their upgrades.
"There is no real motivation to move to a faster processor just because it is available now," he said. "We recommend going for the second chip from the top of the supplier’s list."
That way, Pal said, users would avoid paying a price premium for new processors where availability was limited.