I'm looking at building an HTPC system around an Athlon 64 3500+ AM2.
In shopping for these, I've noticed that some OPNs end in 'N' and some end in 'W' (e.g., ADA3500CN
BOX vs ADA3500CW
When I check these parts at http://www.amdcompare.com
, it shows the only difference is the 'Max Temp' rating (55-69 deg C for the 'N' vs. 70 deg C for the 'W'
I'm trying to figure out what the Max Temp rating actually means? Is that the maximum environmental temperature they can operate at? The max core temperature? Or something else?
I've noticed the 'W' models generally cost a little more than the 'N' models. I guess this means the 'W' is the "better" of the two?