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Old Sep 26th, 2005, 02:26 PM   #1
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Computer science people, i need your help!

hi, i was hepling a friend with her introduciton to computer science course, and the questions were referring to benchmkarh tests.

a 2.8 celeron with 768 ram and 100 G HD. vs a pentium 4 3.2 with 384 ram and a 40 gig HD.

which machines would work better in what kind of benchmarks?

so what i really need help to answer her questions with, is can you take me to a source which can explain to her, what a benchmark test is. what it does, and what effect do each of those 3 factors have on different types of tests...

i already explained to her how the clock speed affects certain things, and then how the memory will affect certain things, but i'm not too sure myslef how the Hard Drive space will affect anything....

anyway, so lead me to a site, i have already read an explanation from Intel, as to what a benchmark is.
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Old Sep 26th, 2005, 03:32 PM   #2
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You honestly cannot say with loading some benchmark software and running some tests...

There are too many variables... such as the speed of the drives (4200 rpm vs. 7200rpm makes a huge difference), the speed of the bus, the number of files on the drive, The video card, etc...
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Old Sep 26th, 2005, 05:19 PM   #3
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doesn't this sort of defeat the purpose of "taking a course" as it relates to "learning?"
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Old Sep 26th, 2005, 08:59 PM   #4
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okay, jeez macspectrum, no need to get all philosophical. you think asking people for a site which can teach the person is defeating any purpose?...


Jonesy, i know there are many factors, but that is all that was given to her, and all that i had to work with, it mentioned the drive size but not the speed, so would it be safe to say that the drives are not a factor since interface, transfer rate, and rotational speed was not given?
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