I am in the point to get a new PC. It will be AMD 64 Athlon 3200+. But someone told me there could be differences depending on stepping, E3, E43, and E6. for E6 there are two models CF (Venice) and BW (San diego).
1) How to check if one CPU is one or the other? In the pàckaging? In the CPU itself? 2) Are they different in price? 3) Are they differente in specs and performance? 4) Is one of them prone to last "longer" than the other (looks like dual core will be very popular in the coming years???
This computer will be used for gaming, but the main issue is having a 5 years life...
First are we looking at the socket 754 or socket 939 system?
Answers to question 1) CPUs have model numbers, for example a 939 A64 3200 processor will come in two retail box variants, there is a third, Newcastle, but thats harder to find. ADA3200CGBOX Venice ADA3200BIBOX Winchester Note the two letter designation after ADA3200
2)Prices may be different, they should be fairly close, no more than 5% off.
3)Specs will vary. Performance increase may be there but once again it just depends on your system. I believe the Venice showed some improvement over the Winchester which showed improvement over the newcastle.
4)I would not say one is more prone to last longer than the other, especially since an Athlon 64 3200 procesor is not a dual core system.
Getting 5 years out of a system like this is going to be difficult. You would want to make sure you get a motherboard with PCI Express, SATA II, and you may want to take a look into a dual core (Athlon X2) processor.
It's a 939. Out of your answer I can deduce there are no determinant features to ask for Venice or San Diego. [right][snapback]580121[/snapback][/right]
Well I did forget to mention one thing, and it kind of depended on what your resposne was going to be as far as socket 939 vs 754. Anyways if you are looking at the 939 Athlon 64 3200 then I would definitely look towards the San Diego core if you are into overclocking, as the San Diego core is what's used in the higher speed Athlon 64s. Also iirc the Opterons are using the same core as the San Diego, just a different name.