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December 25, 2005 1:27:48 AM

Hey guys im stuck with socket a for strange reasons, dont ask. What do you think the best Socket A processor would be, and where would it fall competing with the top of the line cpu's?

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December 25, 2005 1:48:36 AM

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and where would it fall competing with the top of the line cpu's?

If you get a good xp-m chip, and OC it, you might get close to 1/2 way there. A lot would depend on the board though, and what you will use it for.
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December 25, 2005 7:53:25 AM

It realy depents on your mobo.
The fastest AMD XP 3200+ cost about $145 on pricewatch.com.
December 25, 2005 8:02:28 AM

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What do you think the best Socket A processor would be, and where would it fall competing with the top of the line cpu's?


that would be the Sempron 3000+2Ghz Barton, this chip can never go faster compare to low-end Athlon64's but faster compare to all AthlonXP's.
December 25, 2005 8:10:30 AM

I had a XP-m 2400 in a ASUS A8-VX or something like that. The Chip was 75 and the mobo was like 50. Pretty cheap if you ask me. I was using cheap value RAM. I got the chip up to 2.35 Ghz but became more and more unstable after awhile. So I backed it doen to 2.3, 2.2, and finally 2.15 Ghz. At its peak in performed similarly to a winchester core A64 3000. For example, the A64 could encode a 2 min VOB is 1 min 35 sec. My XP-m did the same in 1 min 45 sec. I'm not sure about gaming cuz games are so GPU dependant. You can Overclock it on air but it gets real hot! I used one of those thermaltake all copper 80mm fans and underload it got to around 130F withthe RPMs on the fun at 75%. I use this overclocking utility that can underclock as well in windows, so it idled at 83F. You may not get the same results though. Not all mobos will support the XP 3200. That chip also runs very hot. Uncomfortably for my tastes. For simplicities sake, I would go for the 3200 if you arent too versed at overclocking. I do have to ask though: Why are you tied to a socket A mobo?
December 25, 2005 8:46:29 AM

He he I bought an unique 1.35V Barton M in Poland for about $70. It overclocks like a charm. I've got an epox 8rda3 rev 2.0 and with watercooling I can get a 100% stable 2,5GHz (thats about 3800+) with only 1.8V. My firend pushed his chip (the same 1.35V version) to 2.7GHz at 1.95V.

Thats some serious performance fon an $70 chip :D .
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