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Performance loss due to HT downgrade

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September 8, 2009 6:03:47 PM

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_conten...

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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September 8, 2009 6:46:24 PM

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.ht...
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?
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September 9, 2009 5:51:25 AM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
May want to check this thread

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258103-28-phenom-giga...

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?
September 9, 2009 5:56:02 AM

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.
September 9, 2009 7:24:15 AM

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!
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September 9, 2009 10:48:30 AM

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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