I have a Gigabyte GA-M61p-S3 AM2 motherboard (with latest F7F BIOS) and an AMD 64 Athlon x2 5200+ CPU. I would like a faster gaming system and want to upgrade the CPU as I feel that is where my system is lacking. According to the new BIOS my board can now take AM2+ and AM3 CPU' HOWEVER " If you install AMD AM2+ CPU on AM2 motherbord, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0(5200MHz) to HT1.0(2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM2+ CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information".
Does this mean that there is no point in an AM2+ or AM3 CPU because the bus speed will be halved and thus performance will be impared?
Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
You can get a better performance with upgrade the CPU, but bear in mind this points:
1- You need be sure that the processor is supported by your mobo.
2- Currently I have a X4 955 in a mobo socket AM2+ and my HT is 2000, but the HT isn't very important as the CPU FSB
3- You new AM3 processor support DDR3, but if you install it in a mobo AM2+ only can use DDR2, that can reduce the performance.
4- Not all the performance on games depends of the processor, you also bear in mind the GPU and RAM.