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October 26, 2006 11:55:58 AM

Hi All,

I was just wondering, I am in the proceess of upgrading my current machine ....The machine I have now is

An Asus socket 939 motherboard (A8V Deluxe)AGP,AMD64 3200+(VENICE CORE),and 2 Gigs of DDR400 low latency RAM with timings of 2-3-2-5 (Patriot PDC2G3200LLK 2GB Kit DDR400 PC3200 Dual Channel Memory (2) 1 GIG sticks

My operating system/application boot drive is a 74 gig Raptor with Win XP Pro W/SP2

My storage is (2) Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 250GB Serial ATA II 7200RPM Hard Drive w/8MB Buffer configured in RAID 1
for protection and also backed up to an external firewire drive as well

I am looking into upgrading my current system to be used primary for digital photography (Photoshop), and running general apps Please keep in mind I DO NOT Play any games at all
The Photoshop scratch disk is a 7200RPM 8MEG Cache SATA drive all by it's self

I am currently using a GeForce 6800 xT with Dual DVI's attached to a Dell UltraSharp 24075FPW Widescreen and a Planar 20" widescreen and calibrated using Gregtag Macbeth Eye-One 2
HERE IS MY DILEMMA:

wHICH CPU Should I upgrade to ???

Dual Core AMD 4800+ (2.4GHZ 2x 1 MB L2 Cache) $300
Dual Core AMD 4600+ (2.4GHZ 2x 512KB L2 Cache) $249
Dual Core Opteron 180 Denmark 2.4GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache $300
Dual core Opteron 185 Denmark 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache $412

(Does Photoshop make use of the extra Cache on the processor 1 MEG vs.512) ???

wHAT IS THE REAL DIFERENCE BETWEEN THE x2 AND THE OPTERON ??

kEEP IN MIND THAT THE A8V is absolutly horrible at overclocking nor do I really have any interest in doing so at this point in time !!!
I just want speed and most important stability !!!

Any suggestons would be most appreciated...Thanks in advance...shkj

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October 26, 2006 7:44:50 PM

hi seen as no body else hear wants to help you im going to try personaly id go with eather
Dual Core AMD 4800+ (2.4GHZ 2x 1 MB L2 Cache)
Dual Core Opteron 180 Denmark 2.4GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache

to give u a quick comparision the Opteron 180 Denmark has
2.4GHz HyperTransport™ Technology
1000MHz Integrated Memory Controller
2.4GHz Core Voltage 1.3 V/1.35 V Case Temperature 49° C to 65° C
Wattage 110.0W
L2 Cache Size 2 MB
L2 Cache Speed 2.4GHz Manf.
.09 micron SOI Socket Socket 939
Amperage 80 A Cores 2

while the 4800+ has
2.4GHZ
Frequency 2400Mhz
HT Speed 2000
Voltage 1.30V1.35V Max Temp 49-65°C Thermal
Power 110W
L1 Cache 128KB x2 L2 Cache 1MB x2 CMOS
Technology 90nm SOI Socket Socket 939

now persionaly im running a Intel® Core™2 Extreme X6800 overclocket to 4.4GHz and i dont go to much for AMD so that is all the help i can give you hopefully some one else can provide more for you
October 26, 2006 7:57:38 PM

Well, if you're a heavy photoshop user (I use it a lot too), I would advice you the cheapest of those dualcores, because it does not count much compared to te addition of other 2GB of RAM and a 64bit OS. Setting Photoshop to use all the 4G of RAM will dramatically boost your performance with large files, more than any processor with 32bit OS will ever do.
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October 26, 2006 8:43:54 PM

I have a 4600, and when I bought it the difference in performance didn't justify the extra cost (of the 4800). If you aren't going to overclock I wouldn't bother w/ the Opterons, either.
October 26, 2006 9:20:25 PM

if u can, go with the Opti 185. If u cant, go the 180 or the x2 4800.

Yes the 1mb cash makes a diff. Long story short, cache allows your proccessor to store the results of previous operations. With a larger cache, you can store more results of previous operations, therefor boosting performance in CPU heavy apps, such as photoshop.

IF YOU CAN
do yourself a favor, and get the x64 version of Win XP pro. in a review that i read a while ago, they were able to reduce a filter operation's time from 150 secs to 50.
So, theres a lot of benifits.
and if I were u, don't go for vista unless you want to get 4 gigs of memory. But if you can, by all means DO IT.
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