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August 25, 2003 9:53:59 PM

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.


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August 25, 2003 9:57:31 PM

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

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

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August 25, 2003 10:29:21 PM

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.
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August 25, 2003 10:36:48 PM

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:
August 25, 2003 10:50:04 PM

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.
August 26, 2003 12:15:54 AM

Thanks for your feedback. One more question: Other than for overclocking reasons, is there a real difference in performance b/w the 2?

August 26, 2003 3:56:04 AM

It depends on what you want to do. The barton has a bigger cache, but it does not benifit all programs.
August 26, 2003 4:37:50 AM

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.
August 26, 2003 2:27:18 PM

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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