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 01/12/2004 10:27 AM
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I am looking to get into the 64 bit world and I am having trouble decideing what cpu to use, there is about a $200 difference between the two, is the perfomance difference worth spending the extra money? Are there any reviews which directly comparre the 2 CPUs? I am looking to do some gaming on this system as well

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 01/12/2004 10:39 AM
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You should look into the Athlong 64 line, they're cheaper and still really fast. for the price of a 144 you can get an A64 3200+, which doesnt require registered memory.

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 01/12/2004 10:43 AM
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I am not interested in the Athlon 64, so its not an option of mine right now, but thanks for you input

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 01/12/2004 12:11 PM
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Can I ask why you'd discount the Athlon 64? If you're looking at 144/146's then presumably you're not bothered about running SMP.

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Its not that I am discounting them, they are just not the direction in which I wish to travel
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Yeah, I'm curious about that as well. There is nothing separating the 1xx series Opterons from the Athlon 64s other than the need for registered memory and the extra memory channel. To me it'd be wiser to go with the Athlon 64, unless of course you're afraid of upgrade issues...

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may be registered ram is required...That would justify the choice of an opteron rig.
Anyway, It depends on the time you will have to wait for your tasks to be completed... If you need to wait for them to be finished, may be 200 $ won't be nothing in regards of the wasted time... 146 will be much more performant so tasks will complete sooner.
 01/14/2004 10:31 AM
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I went with the 144 and a SK8V with 1GB of Corsair 3200LL
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Remember folks Registered memory is faster when using more then two sticks of memory, so it is great for folks who needs TONS of memory.

Also registered memory is much more stable then unbuffered memory.
(It takes a lots more work to validate and certify registered memory then normal memory)

So if your game crashes because youare using unbuffered memory, big deal.

But if you just spend the last 4 hours of a work day making something that will bring you hundreds of dollars, then a single crash can set back your work, and possibly cause you to loose a sale.

So total stability is a factor of someone looking at purchasing a top of the line CPU.

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Excellent points Zap, a lot of people forget the speed thing about registered memory

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