Help!! The Asus website does not even mention the AV8 Deluxe, most forum discussions seem to switch between calling it an A8V or an AV8. Is there a difference between them? If so, what?
I have the AV8 Deluxe and want to upgrade to an AMD 64 X2 from my 64 3500+ and am really confused if I can or not??!
Socket 939 for AMD Athlon 64 / Sempron / Opteron CPU
AMD 64 architecture enables simultaneous 32-bit and 64-bit computing
AMD Cool'n'Quiet Technology
This motherboard supports AMD 939-pin Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core processor with 1MBx2 or 512KBx2 L2 cache which is based on 64-bit architecture. It features better multithreaded / multitasking performance than Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64.
Look between the PCI slots for the motherboard model and version or on top of the LPT1 socket.
I think i'm going to go for the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Socket 939, Toledo Core, 2x 2.2GHz, 1MB Cache. Looks like a pretty good deal. Not sure though because i actually won't be improving my speed in terms of GHz as my current processor is 2.2GHz. How much performance increase should I see? Do you think its worth the cash??
You will gain a performance increase. It might be up to 95%. It might be as low as 1%. But you will see an increase. Dual Core stomps Single Core now. I laugh at those who are still trying to prove that their 8GHz Pentium 4's on Liquid Helium run better than a Core 2 Quad or such. It's nonsense. Go Dual Core.
The performance increase is going to show itself in multitasking.
There was a suggestion by sunny27 to overclock. The problem is that A8V deluxe version 1.xx did not have a working agp/pci lock so the frequency of those rise with the bus speed. Asus fixed that problem with version 2.xx which is a good overclocker.