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Old 02-09-2012, 09:40 PM
 
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My processor is an Pentium D925cv with two processing cores. It is on an HP Pavilion a1620n that I got five years ago. My question has three parts...

1. Now, I need to know how this processor ranks. Is it considered slow and outdated by now? You see, I got the VHStoDVD software, to convert my VHS tapes to DVDs. Anyway, after the entire VHS tape is played (for an hour) it can take up to 45 minutes to actually burn and place the data onto the new DVD. Am I correct to say that is kind of slow? Do I need a better processor for converting these videos faster?

2. I just got the Encyclopedia Britannica Deluxe DVD. It states that I need a Pentium III Processor or the equivalent to run the videos and software. So far, everything is running fine with the Britannica DVD and I even downloaded the full version. So is my processor Pentium III or above or am I just lucky it is running fine? Or is this an issue pertaining to RAM? That I have over 3GB or 3,000MB of it.

3. Finally, if I want the 3-D images (like the NYC skyline) to show up much quicker, do I need to update the RAM or the processor or both? You see, when I went from 1GB to 3GB of RAM, it helped speed much up on Google Earth for me. However, it simply is not as fast as my brother's brand new computer.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:49 PM
 
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1) Yes, its pretty old by today's standards. Even an i3 smokes it. Compressing video is very processor intensive so that could explain the slowness. I saw a huge improvement in video compression by going from a Core 2 Duo to an i7 and the Core 2 Duo I had was twice as fast as your CPU. Also, DVD's aren't exactly quick either.

2) The Pentium D is definitely faster than a Pentium III. P3's are ancient.

3) That is largely dependent on the video card and CPU. RAM is a factor but with 3GB, you won't likely see any benefit to adding more, especially since you're probably on a 32 bit operating system.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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1. What is an i7? Is that faster than an Pentium D? One website from 2010 that I use recommends at least a Pentium 4.

2. I have a Pentium D 925cv with two cores, so I am faster than Pentium III and IV? I am NOT Pentium III, that's just the minimum requirement for the Britannica software.

3. How do I find out the specifics of my video card and CPU? Where exactly should I got in "system information"? There is so much technical stuff to navigate here, it makes no sense to me.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:03 PM
 
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I just found on another website the processors speed is 3.0 GHz.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:33 PM
 
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To put it in perspective, your processor is about 10% the speed as today's high end processors and about 20% the speed of today's mainstream processors. However, that comparison includes multicore performance.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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1. What is an i7? Is that faster than an Pentium D? One website from 2010 that I use recommends at least a Pentium 4.
Not even sure what a Pentium D is. An i7 is a quad core processor. Think of it as having 4 of your processors running at the same time on one chip.

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2. I have a Pentium D 925cv with two cores, so I am faster than Pentium III and IV? I am NOT Pentium III, that's just the minimum requirement for the Britannica software.
Again. Never heard of a Pentium D. But any processor from 5 years ago is pretty slow compared to today. However a Pentium 3 is even older still and a dinosaur compared to today.

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3. How do I find out the specifics of my video card and CPU? Where exactly should I got in "system information"? There is so much technical stuff to navigate here, it makes no sense to me.
If your video card is 5 years old it doesn't matter what it is. Unless it was the most high end card of the time it is probably crap... compared to today.

What exactly are you trying to do? You're asking questions about your specs but you don't mention if you are having problems. If you are wondering about upgrading the processor to convert video faster, don't bother. No modern processor will work in that computer.
Your only real option is to deal with how slow it is now or get a new computer. Period.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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Visual representation:

PassMark - Intel Pentium D 3.00GHz - Price performance comparison

Basically, mid-high range current-gen CPUs are about 10x (+) as fast as yours.

Not to mention your RAM speed, whether or not your hard drive is 7200+ RPM, or what your CD/DVD burner's top speed is.....I'm sure the process is probably much slower than it needs to be.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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Not even sure what a Pentium D is. An i7 is a quad core processor. Think of it as having 4 of your processors running at the same time on one chip.



Again. Never heard of a Pentium D. But any processor from 5 years ago is pretty slow compared to today. However a Pentium 3 is even older still and a dinosaur compared to today.



If your video card is 5 years old it doesn't matter what it is. Unless it was the most high end card of the time it is probably crap... compared to today.

What exactly are you trying to do? You're asking questions about your specs but you don't mention if you are having problems. If you are wondering about upgrading the processor to convert video faster, don't bother. No modern processor will work in that computer.
Your only real option is to deal with how slow it is now or get a new computer. Period.
Pentium D is reasonably well known. Just because you haven't heard of it doesn't add value to this thread.

Pentium D - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Pentium D pre-dates the "Core 2" line of Intel processors. It is almost five years old now.

Converting VHS tapes to DVD means transcoding/rendering video, which is very processor intensive. Adding memory to a system with the Pentium D will probably do nothing at this point. The bottleneck is probably the processor. So adding memory is just a waste of money. And since the OP is probably running a 32 bit operating system, more memory is essentially unusuable anyway.

The OP might want to replace that system with an i3 or i5 system, between 4-8 Gb of memory, and a modern video processor. Most i3 systems have built in video processing that is 3D capable and may be more than adequate for now.
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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Thanks for all the feedback!!! So basically what you are saying is my processor is slow! Ok, but is there someway I can upgrade or put in a new processor? Or would I simply need a new computer?

One more question...I understand the VHStoDVD uses the processor, but what about Google Earth images?

Thanks again for all of the feedback!
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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Google Earth uses mostly the CPU, but also relies on the GPU. However, any modern lowend GPU will do.

You would need to replace the motherboard in order to put in a modern CPU. It is most likely a better option to get a new computer.
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