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Re: PC Requirements for Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg60169] Re: PC Requirements for Mathematica
  • From: "Mike" <wxyz09 at>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 22:27:26 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <dfe8b3$7jr$> <dfgorv$n2g$>
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Yes,, I know realize the math co pro is present and only cache is limited 
with Celeron.


"David Bailey" <dave at> wrote in message 
news:dfgorv$n2g$1 at
> Mike wrote:
>> My buddy is a retired analyst. His son built him a PC w/ 3.0G Celeron 
>> CPU,
>> 512MD RAM and Intel motherboard with 911 or 915 chipset.  For a new PC it
>> seems slow to me.
>> Questions:  does Mathematica require a math coprocessor?   What do you 
>> want in
>> a PC that's going to run Mathematica?
>> I don't know which  Mathematica functions he's going to use.
>> Mike
> Hello,
> Surely the math coprocessor issue went away when the old 486 machines
> were replaced by Pentium one's about a decade ago! Every modern CPU can
> handle the instructions that used to be passed over to the coprocessor.
> Mathematica should certainly run fine on a machine with a spec like
> that, but if you have a specific very intensive algorithm in mind you
> might want to research it further. Many people do sophisticated things
> with Mathematica without ever stretching the CPU at all.
> David Bailey

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