Athlon 64 FX-60 ver. Opteron 185
I am trying to decide on the fastest CPU available for my motherboard (Asus A8V Deluxe). This is a socket 939 board and my choices are an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 or the AMD Opteron 185. I use my rig for gaming mostly. Any ideas on the best one?
I got an opteron 185 and so far I can still run 3 massive fleets of space ships in Sins for Solar empire with no slow down. I do have it mildly overlcoked though. The FX60 is for massive overclocking with peltiers/liquied nitrogen setups and stuff but rememebr this is a dead end socket. FX60 is the max for the socket, opteron 185 is second best.
Odin54 said:I am trying to decide on the fastest CPU available for my motherboard (Asus A8V Deluxe). This is a socket 939 board and my choices are an AMD Athlon64 FX-60 or the AMD Opteron 185. I use my rig for gaming mostly. Any ideas on the best one?
They have the same specs, but the FX-60 has an unlocked multiplier. Buy the cheaper one if you just want to game. More than likely that's the 185. Just be happy if you can still find one at a realistic price.
With the FX-60 you could just bump up the multiplier and hopefully get 2.8GHz or maybe 3.0GHz on air if you are lucky. Neither is a great overclocker anyway compared to what we see from C2D.
Besides that, unless you favor doing CPU scaling tests only changing the multiplier, the FX-60 isn't a huge advantage. Priced the same I would buy the FX-60 as I do have a thing for unlocked multipliers.
edit: out of curiosity... what are the prices?
As much as I love the old Opty's it's probably time to look at a new cpu/mobo/ ram combo. For less than the cost of a new Opty 185 ....
89w X2 6000+ and Biostar 790gx: $172
Throw in some DDR2 1066 and off you go for less than $250 (roughly the cost of a new Opty 185 if you can find one)
jive01 said:So where can you get the Opteron?
Opteron 185 (OSA185DAA6CD / OSA185CDBOX)
OSA185DAA6CD OSA185CDBOX N/A 2600 MHz 2MB 1000 90nm SOI Socket 939 1.30V 1.35V 80.0A 110.0W 49'C 65'C 20F32 90nm SOI E6
Processor AMD Athlon™ FX
OPN Tray ADAFX60DAA6CD
OPN PIB ADAFX60CDBOX
Operating Mode 32 Bit Yes
Operating Mode 64 Bit Yes
Core Speed (MHz) 2600
Max Temps (C) 49-65
Wattage 110 W
L1 Cache Size (KB) 128
L1 Cache Count 2
L2 Cache Size (KB) 1024
L2 Cache Count 2
L3 Cache Size (KB) 0
CMOS 90nm SOI
AMD Business Class No
They are the same silicon - both E6 stepping.
The FX60 has an unlocked multiplier which is an advantage I guess.
I;d just get the cheapest I could find and proceed to overclock it.
There is a new article on the front page which suggests getting a dual core up well over 2.4Ghz along with a decent graphics card (like a 4850) makes a much better gaming proposition for you.
Might be hard t ofind one cheap.
Will breath quite a bit of life into the 939 system.
Otherwise your up for an expensive upgrade as the mobo can't do AM2 stuff, and the RAM is DDR - not DDR2 used in later systems.
Alternatively if you can get a lower end Opt and overclock it ...
Good luck and I hope this helps !!
Pretty good deal there considering 939 prices. You'll need to OC a bit, but should be able to hit 2.6-2.8Ghz pretty easy.