Performance loss due to HT downgrade

I just bought the ASUS M2N68-AM plus motherboard and the AMD Athlon II X2 250 CPU.

Unfortunately, I noticed from discussions on the internet that this motherboard cripples the processor to use HT1, rather than HT3. I ran CPU-Z and got it confirmed: the value of HT Link is about 1000 MHz, rather than 2000 as shown at http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=323&Itemid=63&limit=1&limitstart=2

My question is: how concerned should I be about the loss in performance due to the halving of the HT link speed? Would you recommend me to get my motherboard exchanged for a better one?

(I will be using the computer for watching videos, programming and a little gaming; and I prefer running multiple applications together)
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  1. There isn't any difference at all so you shouldn't be concerned. That question has been answered before - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-259434_12_0.html
    I can confirm too that results were same in HT 1.0 and 3.0
  2. siky132 said:
    There isn't any difference at all so you shouldn't be concerned. That question has been answered before - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-259434_12_0.html
    I can confirm too that results were same in HT 1.0 and 3.0


    Thanks, man! That's given me some peace of mind.

    Any more thoughts on this?
  3. May want to check this thread

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258103-28-phenom-gigabyte-m57sli#t1978729

    It's talking about an older Gigabyte board which is an AM2 board, but that question is briefly discussed as well.
  4. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    May want to check this thread

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258103-28-phenom-gigabyte-m57sli#t1978729

    It's talking about an older Gigabyte board which is an AM2 board, but that question is briefly discussed as well.


    Thanks for the link!

    It says that a separate graphics card will eliminate any difference in performance.

    Any more comments?
  5. I personally am not totally sure about any performance loss due to the HT speeds, but I know one guy actually posted FPS numbers from that particular mobo and it showed a pretty good increase across the board. I think it's gonna be worth it to me to maybe grab a Phenom 2 920 or 940 BE.
  6. ohiou_grad_06 said:
    I personally am not totally sure about any performance loss due to the HT speeds, but I know one guy actually posted FPS numbers from that particular mobo and it showed a pretty good increase across the board. I think it's gonna be worth it to me to maybe grab a Phenom 2 920 or 940 BE.


    Looks like HT is a very unimportant figure indeed!
  7. abdullah_44 said:
    Thanks, man! That's given me some peace of mind.

    Any more thoughts on this?


    Only HT intensive program will see a difference, like mass RAID'ed databases or web servers with multi-socket CPUs.
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