WinModem vs. Standard Modem Resource Requirements, etc.
Posted on 2004-08-01
I am aware of the fact that a WinModem uses system resources & software to process modem information, etc. while a standard hardware modem uses on-board IC's to mod/demod, etc. However I remember a time when WinModems were heavily scorned because of the limited resources of a PC. Now that we are at the 3.0Ghz, etc. Is it that big of a deal? Practically speaking, I have a friend with a 750 P3 and needs a cheap modem. I know that $30 for a good modem is cheap, but that is how much he spent on the PC! The pc is fine, however the question is, to WHAT extent, generally, will a WinModem degrade a PC's performance with regard to these specifications:
Stats are as thus:
256 PC133 RAM
32MB VidRam (AGP)
HP Vectra mobo
WD 5200RPM 10GB
It's a solid machine for the price. Any thoughts?