I'm just wondering what the performance difference is between the two processors. I ask because the 2800+ is around AUS$200 more expensive than the 2700+, so my question really is: is the 2800+ Barton worth spending $200 more on?
2700+ Thoroughbred: AUS$518
2800+ Barton: AUS$718
Also if anyone knows better prices for these, let me know , although after hours of searching these are the best I've found.
Greetings fellow Auzzie.
The answer for the most part is NO.
The increase in cache size of the Barton DOESN'T compensate for the loss of Mhz, except in a few select applications.
Add to that the big cost difference...
Get the XP2700.
Or better yet, see if you can find some of the superoverclockable XP1700/1800/2100's. (if your into that sorta thing)
Well, I've never overclocked before, and the PC I'm planning now is really gonna be the first time I've had a closer-to-top-end system. You really think an XP1700 can be overclocked to match with an XP2700?
Have you considered American sites? You can go to places like <A HREF="http://shop3.outpost.com/product/3559834" target="_new">Fry's Outpost</A> and get an XP2800+ processor for $400 US. I don't know how this coverts to AUS $, but at least it sounds better, and they do ship to Australia.
As for trying to OC a 1700, I don't think it's worth it for your first time tweaking. You'd have to have some massive cooling involved, and unless you're changing to watercooling or Vapochill, it's gonna be really noisy! Remember also that the hotter your processesor runs, the shorter it's lifespan is, although I haven't seen an AMD die of "old age" yet. Good luck!
Well if you have never overclocked then its probably better getting the XP2700+... or better yet, get the XP2400+ its still very fast at stock speeds, costs a HELL of a lot less, and if you wish to dabble with overclocking it should overclock modestly as well.
the high end AMD chips, XP2700,2800 and the bartons rally arnt worth the money they cost.
I was just looking at the 2400+ at <A HREF="http://www.dhcpower.com.au/catalog/default.php/cPath/9_..." target="_new">DHCPower Computers</A>, the cheapest Aussie site I've found so far, and it certainly is a helluva lot less, only $281. However, isn't it a T-bred A? How much difference is there between, say, a 2600+ T-bred B and the 2400+?
Edit: Whoa, Fry's is selling the 2400+ at a <i>higher</i> price than DHC (AUS$289 converted). Never seen that before.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Joomy on 04/13/03 02:49 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
Im running a 1700+ TbredB at 2194 MHz, which is faster than a 2700+. I am using a Swiftech MCX462+ with a Tornado, so you should be able to get 2400+ speeds with retail HSF and Arctic Silver III (my friend did.)
eBay, kick ass!