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December 27, 2006 7:12:25 PM

I have a Socket 939 Athlon X2 3800+, 2x 1GB DDR400 2-3-2-5 Patriot Ram, Epox nForce3 Ultra motherboard. I can run each of the following stable:

CPU: 240MHz x 10 = 2.4GHz; Mem: 240MHz 3-3-3-8
CPU: 260MHz x 10 = 2.6GHz; Mem: 217MHz 2.5-3-2-6

Which is better?

My order of importance of uses is:
1. Gaming
2. Photo Editing
3. Video Editing
4. Office Apps

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December 27, 2006 7:32:37 PM

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I have a Socket 939 Athlon X2 3800+, 2x 1GB DDR400 2-3-2-5 Patriot Ram, Epox nForce3 Ultra motherboard. I can run each of the following stable:

CPU: 240MHz x 10 = 2.4GHz; Mem: 240MHz 3-3-3-8
CPU: 260MHz x 10 = 2.6GHz; Mem: 217MHz 2.5-3-2-6

Which is better?

My order of importance of uses is:
1. Gaming
2. Photo Editing
3. Video Editing
4. Office Apps
Go for option 2(260x10). Pre-AM2 Athlon64's like low-latency RAM timings, due to the speedy on-die memory controller. GL :) 
December 27, 2006 7:51:30 PM

well it depends. With the A64 the memory controller is on the cpu, so the memory performance is more dependent on cpu speed. but my question is, how high is your vcore at 2.4 and 2.6. With memory higher frequency is usually better performing than tight timings, but with the a64, higher cpu frequency is better.

the best way to test is if you have pcmark, run the cpu tests and memory tests only. Then compare those scores at 2.4 and 2.6, see which one you like better. but ill tell you now, chances are 2.6 with memory at 217 will prob perform better. good luck.
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