AMD Processors
Decrease font size
Increase font size
Topic Title: next upgrade questons
Topic Summary:
Created On: 09/02/2004 05:20 PM
Status: Read Only
Linear : Threading : Single : Branch
Search Topic Search Topic
Topic Tools Topic Tools
View similar topics View similar topics
View topic in raw text format. Print this topic.
 09/02/2004 05:20 PM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
Adamus
Junior Member

Posts: 1
Joined: 09/02/2004

Ok i'm planning on upgrading from my 1800+ with a new processor and motherboard.

I need info, I spend 99% of my time playing top of the line games. Ok so questions are:

Should i go for an athlon xp 3200+(2.2ghz) or would i be better if i bought to go athlon 64 3200+ (2.0ghz)

Motherboards I am open to suggestions, 800mhz or 1600mhz FSB does it make a big difference?

I will be ready to buy late september with a budget of around 400-500 bucks.

IF i spring for a athlon 64 3400+ (2.2ghz) would the 200mhz be worth it?

Last. Serial ATA on the motherboard, much faster than ATA/IDE?

Sorry for all questions but I had a lot of inquiries.

thnx guys
Adamus
 09/03/2004 07:01 AM
User is offline View Users Profile Print this message

Author Icon
Greyhound
Senior Member

Posts: 5449
Joined: 10/07/2003

QUOTE Should i go for an athlon xp 3200+(2.2ghz) or would i be better if i bought to go athlon 64 3200+ (2.0ghz)
If you're going to buy a new motherboard anyways, go with the Athlon 64 - it performs noticably better than an AThlon XP and you get all the architectural enhancements like 64-bit capability, Cool'n'Quiet, SSE2-support, integrated memory-controller, Hypertransport-I/O, etc.
QUOTE Motherboards I am open to suggestions, 800mhz or 1600mhz FSB does it make a big difference?
There is no 'FSB' in the classical sense anymore on an Athlon 64 platform.

What you call an 'FSB' is the processors' Hypertransport-link which connects the processor to the chipset.
On Socket 754 processors, this HT-link runs at a physical clockspeed of 800MHz using a DDR-technology which results in an effective clockspeed of 1600MHz.
More info here' ">http://forums.amd.com/index.php?showtopic=11141

With the exception of boards based on the old NForce3 150 chipset, the HT-link's bandwidth can be fully utilized on any Socket 754 motherboard - i.e. ALL Socket 754 motherboards(except for NForce3 150 boards) have a '1600MHz FSB'.

On motherboards with the NForce3 150 chipset, the HT-link is running only at 600MHz(= 1200MHz effectively).
This theoretical disadvantage of the NForce3 150 chipset doesn't make too much of a difference in the real world, tho, since even a 1200MHz HT-link(which provides a total bandwidth of 3.6GB/s) is more than enough for any device on a modern motherboard.
QUOTE Last. Serial ATA on the motherboard, much faster than ATA/IDE?
With the exception of WD's 'Raptor'-series of 10K rpm drives, S-ATA drives are not noticably faster than their p-ATA counterparts(there are no 10K rpm p-ATA drives in case you were wondering).

However, S-ATA does provide a number of advantages, most noticably the much smaller cables as well as hot-swap capability and the absence of any Master/Slave-jumpering(since you have only one device per channel with S-ATA).

If you're going to buy a new harddrive, i would reccomend to go with S-ATA.

-------------------------
The opinions expressed above do not represent those of Advanced Micro Devices or any of their affiliates.

<center><font color=red>MODERATOR</center></font>

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ 89W :: Asus M2N32SLI Deluxe :: 2x1024MB Muskin XP2-6400 DDR2-800 :: BeQuiet! Darkpower Pro 530W :: 2x WD Raptor 74GB/10k rpm, RAID 0 :: ATI Radeon X1950XTX
Statistics
112018 users are registered to the AMD Processors forum.
There are currently 1 users logged in.

FuseTalk Hosting Executive Plan v3.2 - © 1999-2014 FuseTalk Inc. All rights reserved.



Contact AMD Terms and Conditions ©2007 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Privacy Trademark information