AMD Athlon XPs

Hi all!

I'm sure this is something that has been brought up before. I apologize if I am beating a dead horse... I just registered on Tom's Hardware to see what the you (the experts) would recommend.

I'm in the process of building an Athlon box. I'm trying to decide which processor I want to run on my A7N8X Deluxe mobo. I'm deciding between the Athlon XP 2700+ or the Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton". I just wanted to get some feedback regarding the difference between the 2 processors. What would you recommend?

Here's how it's looking so far:

Asus A7N8X Deluxe mobo
Athlon CPU
Corsair XMS 512 memory (x2)
GeForce 128mb video card (8x AGP)

Any information or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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  1. if you have the money for a 2700 you might as well go for a 2.4c...

    i would recomend the barton between the two...as it overclocks like an animal :smile:


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  2. I'll 2nd the Barton, good processor. Runs cool and it overclocks so much, so easily.

    Thanks for being open-minded piii_man. Seriously, it's nice to see a suggestion from a fanboy (and I mean that in the nicest sense) but a response that's still open-minded enough to make a qualified recommendation.
    -Brett
  3. haha...i am not a fanboy...

    I have owned more than 4 diffrent cpu brands...and am happy with all of them...although my username may be misleading...


    Proud owner of DOS 3.3 :smile:
  4. Yep, I know you're not a fanboy, that's why I felt safe using that term. It was just nice to see someone post a message based on facts and knowledge, even if it wasn't your own preference.
    -Brett
  5. Thanks for your feedback. One more question: Other than for overclocking reasons, is there a real difference in performance b/w the 2?

    Thanks.
  6. At stock speed, AXP 2700+ and P4 2.4C (800MHz FSB) has nearly equal performance and P4 2.4C (800MHz FSB) is faster than AXP 2500+

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  7. It depends on what you want to do. The barton has a bigger cache, but it does not benifit all programs.
  8. At stock speeds, the 2700+ is going to be a good amount quicker than the Barton. So if you are going to be doing a lot of video or audio encoding where frequency matters, then go with the 2700+. Or just buy a nice heatsink/fan for the price difference and overclock the Barton to 2.1ghz.
    -Brett
  9. If was you, I would buy the Barton XP2500+ and OC it to XP2800+ or XP3000+.

    Athlon are so easy to overclock that I don't understand why AMD is not selling them with higher rating for the same price! :)

    XP2500+ = 1833 MHz (512K)
    XP2700+ = 2166 MHz
    XP2800+ = 2083 MHz (512K)
    XP3000+ = 2250 MHz (512K)

    I'm sure you can easily run the XP2500+ at 2.1 to 2.2 GHz (equivlent to XP2900+) without any problem or complex tweaking. And the XP2500+ is cheaper than the XP2700+. Money wise, I think Barton XP2500+ is the best choice. But, of course, if you don't plan to O/C and have the money, you can buy the XP2700+.

    The XP2500+ is 2/3 the price of the XP2700+ here in Canada.

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  10. You might be interested to read this thread about Barton XP2500+ performance in overclocking :

    <A HREF="http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=149764#149764" target="_new">http://forumz.tomshardware.com/hardware/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=149764#149764</A>

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