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September 24, 2003 4:27:58 AM

But they have failed for the most part.
Most the community here is too smart to take much from the reviews here anymore, they go elsewhere for more reliable hardware reviews.
Been a poster here for a while, mostly just a reader as of late. Its been painfully obvious that the reviews here have become a little bit too biased and the latest athlon 64 review made me raise an eyebrow or two. If you dont know why this review was biased then your just the kind of moron they are selling Intel Xeons with EXTREME EDITION on them.
Toms reviews are all marketing it seems, how many videocard/motherboard boxes have you seen with a big "TOMS HARDWARE" sticker or something on it. Maybe there is some behind the sceens money exchanging hands or some other crap going on, perhaps the reveiwers here are just plain retards, who knows for sure. One thing is for sure, almost all other sites show a very differnt picture on a vast range of types of computer hardware,and those sites are the ones you should be listening too.

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September 24, 2003 4:54:42 AM

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Most the community here is too smart to take much from the reviews here anymore, they go elsewhere for more reliable hardware reviews.

Yeah, I only read the A64 vs P4 EE review to laugh my ass off and see what the latest BS by THG was. I used to read reviews here, but now I come to get laughs, and got plenty from the <i>relatively few</i>, but still <i>militantly biased</i> freaks in this forum. Please stay here and don't waste space on the better HW forums on the net ; )
September 24, 2003 5:04:10 AM

""Most the community here is too smart ""... ""perhaps the reviewers here are just plain retards"" - i guess no body told you how stupid you are to counter act yer own thoughts in the same post and not following even what you, yer own self, is saying.

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September 24, 2003 5:10:47 AM

""Yeah, I only read the.. review""... ""I used to read reviews here"" .. ""Please stay here""... "I only read the.. "" - are you brotherz with bloaty? have no logic at all

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September 24, 2003 5:21:11 AM

I don't see where he contradicted what he said - he said the community (us) are too smart, which most of us are, and the people who did the review for THG are either biased or retarded, which I won't comment on although I kind of agree with one of those.
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September 24, 2003 5:23:51 AM

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but now I come to get laughs, and got plenty from the relatively few, but still militantly biased freaks in this forum

In psychology, they call that projection.

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September 24, 2003 5:27:05 AM

lol, that was great.

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September 24, 2003 6:27:30 AM

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i guess no body told you how stupid you are to counter act yer own thoughts in the same post and not following even what you, yer own self, is saying.


That was funny! Not only do you do you not know what your talking about but you also used the word "yer" like you were some kind of a pirate. Try using "arrrr!" at the end of every other sentence, it should help you seem more swashbucklerish.



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September 24, 2003 6:37:05 AM

Captain Obvious needs to medicate everyone in this Thread!

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September 24, 2003 10:37:31 AM

Why do people get so scared? It's so funny, then they cover their fear with aggression. Why is it such a frightening thing to admit this THG review was TOTALLY wrong.
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September 24, 2003 2:49:57 PM

He is right though, crash. I don't frequent this site, nor this forum anymore for reasons you and most "old hands" may remember. But when I read comments on this review on other sites, I thought I had to check it out for myself... and frankly, I was astounded. Wether it is caused by bias, bribe or simply inability (read: stupidity) this review is probably a new all time low, even for THG. Many of the discussions going on here are even more pathetic, immature, and downright silly.

If you people want to stick to this site, and follow THG's recommendation, by all means Spud & co, go out and buy those Geforce FX cards and wait for those P4EE's. fine by me, Im sure you'll be happy with them. If you want real information to base a sensible purchase decission upon, I can only recommend to read as many reviews as you can, and make up your own mind (that is, if you have one, and you don't lack the ability to make it up all by yourself).As an avid gamer, mine is made up, easiest decission in a long time; here you have cpu that trounces that fastest P4 in 7 game benchmarks, while loosing only in 2 and tie-ing in 3 others (source: aces). Its far cheaper, and gives me 64 bit ability for free. How hard a decission could that be ? My 3200+ A64 is ordered.

But hey, if you want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks, and attribute them more weight than a few demanding (DX9) games to conclude a non existing overclocked cpu is the better choice, please don't let me stop you..

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September 24, 2003 2:58:31 PM

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But hey, if you want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks, and attribute them more weight than a few demanding (DX9) games to conclude a non existing overclocked cpu is the better choice, please don't let me stop you..

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September 24, 2003 3:00:27 PM

Of particular interest is why Tom himself did not choose to participate in this review. Anand cetainly did. One has to wonder is if THG is nothing more than a cash cow to Tom nowadays.

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September 24, 2003 4:26:03 PM

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But hey, if you want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks

Have you <i>read</i> the review? it's testing CPUs, not comparing AGP/GPU performance. using higher settings would start to lean more heavily on these factors than the CPU. Using such minimal settings levels the playing field in this area. This is information contained in the review, and I have seen similar settings used in a past CPU review for exactly the same reasons, and no-one gave a rat's-ass then, why is it now such a problem?

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September 24, 2003 4:43:48 PM

Yeah I read most of it -unfortunately. using quake3 in 640x480 turns it into a synthetic bench that bares zero relevance to actual gaming performance. It can be usefull when trying to analyse some behaviour (say, impact of memory latency/bandwith with difference CAS settings, etc, .), but its no longer a usefull real world gaming bench AT ALL. Quake3 is obsolete as such, and has been since the first 1 GHz cpu's.

Also consider benching 640x480 performance is just as much a GPU driver bench as a CPU bench. Have a look at aces', and see how the tables turn when you increase the resolution to realistic values (1024+) on many games. Coincidence ?

Anyway, if they still want to use it, fine, who cares, could be interesting from a historical perspective or something, but please, PLEASE don't use such nonsense bench to declare a "performance crown" either way. Its about as relevant as cachemem results of 32kb blocks. Not only that, they do three of these Q3 tests, and give them the same weighing as eg X2 or gunmetal. Thats about as silly as giving equal weighing to cachemem results for 1,2,4,8,16,...,32768 kb blocks and then saying cpu X wins 134 benchmarks out of 139.

But that is only just one simple example, I'm too lazy and not motivated enough to point out all the other obvious flaws. Do your own reading, make up your own mind.

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September 24, 2003 11:43:02 PM

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to conclude a...overclocked cpu is the better choice

One of these days you're going to lie like that and be killed (if there is any justice in this world). If I see it, I'll laugh. I've been battered in interigation rooms for hours because people lied. I've seen guys spend years in prison for other's lies. So I can't tolerate lying. Be as one sided as you like, it's all opinion and speculation until you perform what is to me the ultimate sin, an outright lie.

For those of you who have been conned by this man's smooth talk, P4's do exist at 3.2GHz. This is not an overclocked speed. As for the 3.2EE being unreleased, this is true, but remember that every convincing lie starts out with some truth.

As for you bb, nice trickery on your part, reserving your outright lie to the end, so I would actually read that far before desiring your death instead of ignoring your crap to begin with.

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September 25, 2003 8:27:06 AM

>For those of you who have been conned by this man's smooth
>talk, P4's do exist at 3.2GHz

Geez Crash, take a shill pill or something. Isnt it obvious the "overclocked" referred to the 3.6 GHz EE ? Or are you telling me that one exists ?

My "conclude" did not refer directly to THG's picking the P4EE as the "winner", but to the opinion many people make by just glancing over the charts, and seeing a P4 on top systematically without noticing (conciously or subconsiously) those are unavailable, and mostly inexesting, overclocked chips. THG rectified that now.

Anyway, I'd appreciate you not calling me a liar for lacking any reading comprehension yourself.

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September 25, 2003 9:12:25 AM

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But hey, if you want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks, and attribute them more weight than a few demanding (DX9) games to <b>conclude a non existing overclocked cpu is the better choice</b>, please don't let me stop you..


It certainly sounds like you're refering to parallel conclusions between those of the reader and the one in the article...which refered only to the 3.2EE.

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September 25, 2003 9:24:59 AM

Yes, I want TOM PABST doing reviews on this groundbreaking stuff.

That way, we are guaranteed a good article, his name is on the line instead of some cohort that can take the fall and we get the man himself.

The whole admittance to being wrong about this shows THG will have to change, and they realize this now.

This forum is near mutiny besides our usual retard intel loyalists who seemed to have no objections.

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September 25, 2003 9:25:20 AM

There is a clear winner here. Us! If you own, or will own any chip that was included in these benchmarks, you are a very lucky man.
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September 25, 2003 9:44:16 AM

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It certainly sounds like you're refering to parallel conclusions between those of the reader and the one in the article...which refered only to the 3.2EE.

I was wondering why you were defending THG that much and then I saw : (Honorary Guru of THGC) .

As for the Athlon 64 : the 3200+ version is in 32bit better in gaming then anything intel has on the market now and its a 100$ cheaper . For applictaions in 32 bit it depends on the application (some won by AMD some by intel) but if you see at how much improvement there is in 64bit ...

As for the FX-51 it beats the P4 EE 3,2GHz by an avg of 10% . In applications its in general a couple % slower (again it depends on wich aplication you look at) . the price of the FX-51 shoulmd be the same or a bit under the P4 EE .

For people buying a new PC its obvious for low-end mid or high end users its AMD thats the best choice now. Only for those who only run very specific aplications frequently in wich intel is the faster and dont game or do anything else, its intel.
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September 25, 2003 10:32:38 PM

So now you claim BIAS on my part? You can go to hell too. I've met people like you before.

Look at the argument: A guy implies it took an overclocked CPU to win the "competition". The CPU he's refering to insn't overclocked. And you conclude that I'm biased for telling the truth.

Did you know that "ring around the collor" is often caused the the shirt collor chaffing skin from the neck? I was once called racist for saying the dark skinnned people are more likely to have this problem in their laudry. Must have been a person like you making that accusation, the logic is similar.

So if I'm not "working for the man" why would I defend him? I get most of my reviews from Anantech. The results of their review were similar to this one. Yet their conclusion was a little gentler on AMD. Fine, and both were good reviews. But we get all kinds of people in here trying to tear this site apart because they don't like what they saw. Even if what they saw was accurate. And I simply don't shy away from confrontation with idiots.

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September 25, 2003 11:23:04 PM

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But hey, if <b>you</b> want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks, and attribute them more weight than a few demanding (DX9) games to conclude a non existing overclocked cpu is the better choice, please don't let me stop <b>you..</b>


Where did you get the idea "you" referred to THG ? I was, however, implying that the chart design, and the inclusion of the overclocked P4EE results would make it more likely "you", ie the reader would conclude "P4 beats Athlon64", and is a better choice.

Like I said, your reading comprehension needs work, now stuff the personal attacks and insults.

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September 26, 2003 2:54:52 AM

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I was wondering why you were defending THG that much and then I saw : (Honorary Guru of THGC) .

WTF is that supposed to mean?
You come as a stranger and think you know what this means?
You even realize who Crashman is to this forum?

Run along!

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September 26, 2003 4:09:16 AM

Yes, I agree with the gaming part. It is silly.

But the impression that I am getting (PEOPLE: it is an impression upon first read) that the review seem to be almost solely the CPU capacity. Remember, THG is testing the CPU.

System Integration...yeah right, thanks to marketing, more confusion
September 26, 2003 5:07:46 AM

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As for the Athlon 64 : the 3200+ version is in 32bit better in gaming then anything intel has on the market now and its a 100$ cheaper . For applictaions in 32 bit it depends on the application (some won by AMD some by intel) but if you see at how much improvement there is in 64bit ...

Well, that $100 cheaper idea is down the drain when a new motherboard is needed...then another if you want to upgrade, since the Socket 754 will probably be replaced with the 939. So, where is the cost savings of getting an A64-3200, right now? None. And 32-bit apps were suppose to run 10-20% better using A64, and some benchmarks showed differently, didn't they? Not much of an improvement in my opinion. A better direction, but not improvement.

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As for the FX-51 it beats the P4 EE 3,2GHz by an avg of 10% . In applications its in general a couple % slower (again it depends on wich aplication you look at) . the price of the FX-51 shoulmd be the same or a bit under the P4 EE .

Again, 10% is great, if they were both new CPU processes, but the A64s were banking on great application processes using 64-bit registers, which didn't play out as well as they hoped. Also, <i>BOTH</i> of these CPUs are priced too high for the average buyer to really need, and if you do get one, it's more for bragging rights than performance.

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For people buying a new PC its obvious for low-end mid or high end users its AMD thats the best choice now. Only for those who only run very specific aplications frequently in wich intel is the faster and dont game or do anything else, its intel.

Again, the whole gaming only on AMD thing. That's total crap. I play games, edit video, record TV, and surf, all on a chip you determine is good for only specific apps and don't game. Please. It's also insulting to AMD owners to be labelled as gamers only, and apps are just there.

Both CPUs run games and apps fine, in my opinion. I don't need 100FPS to play a game well, nor do I need something that will calculate a nuclear explosion when balancing my checkbook. At the speeds and power these CPUs are at, it'll be a long time before any program will truly need this much processing power.

If you need A64-FX or even P4EE, go get them.

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September 26, 2003 6:41:01 AM

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So now you claim BIAS on my part? You can go to hell too. I've met people like you before.

You do ? Kinda doubt that

And yes if you spend a large proportion of your life here its normal you will defend it at all cost. Not blaiming you you know its a perfectly natural reaction.

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A guy implies it took an overclocked CPU to win the "competition". The CPU he's refering to insn't overclocked. And you conclude that I'm biased for telling the truth.

didnt base it on 1 reaction

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So if I'm not "working for the man" why would I defend him? I get most of my reviews from Anantech. The results of their review were similar to this one. Yet their conclusion was a little gentler on AMD. Fine, and both were good reviews.

So you just read those 2 reviews and made up your mind? Why not read all reviews avaible? Only that way can you get a clear picture .

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But we get all kinds of people in here trying to tear this site apart because they don't like what they saw. Even if what they saw was accurate. And I simply don't shy away from confrontation with idiots.

Would be too bad because this is a good site i just dont like there CPU reviews lately not because there bad for AMD but the way they handle to whole review. For the rest this is a very good review site.
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September 26, 2003 6:44:36 AM

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You come as a stranger and think you know what this means?
You even realize who Crashman is to this forum?

Why do you think I am a stranger? Cause I never posted here? YOu know you can read without posting

And that comment was just that he spend lots of time here, are you going to tell me thats not true?
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September 26, 2003 7:10:52 AM

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Well, that $100 cheaper idea is down the drain when a new motherboard is needed...then another if you want to upgrade, since the Socket 754 will probably be replaced with the 939.

And for the latest intel's you need also a new motherboard (i875 or sis648 , ...) for the prescott? Wouldnt know anyway perhaps if your thinking on buying a new CPU in a couple months yes then perhaps it is best to just wait and not buy anything.

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So, where is the cost savings of getting an A64-3200, right now? None.

Seeing its buying something overpriced you never will be cost saving that would be a 2500+ . But if you want high en / high performance that can last a couple years (like most people want, the part that buys every new CPU is really small you know) then the A64 3200+ is the best for the moment. Perhaps next year it will be different (altough seeing the price for the prescott I doubt it)

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And 32-bit apps were suppose to run 10-20% better using A64, and some benchmarks showed differently, didn't they?

Of course some showed different there isnt been 1 processor that ran EVERYTHINH faster i think . In general you can say its a lot better in games and about the same in the rest only for encoding/rendering can you think intel . Oh and I am looking at what the performance/price is you seem to look at what some fanboys tought, kinda a wierd way to buy a CPU.

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Not much of an improvement in my opinion. A better direction, but not improvement.

So 5-10% faster and cheaper isnt a big improvement ? Hmm you not easily sataisfied are you?

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Again, 10% is great, if they were both new CPU processes, but the A64s were banking on great application processes using 64-bit registers, which didn't play out as well as they hoped. Also, BOTH of these CPUs are priced too high for the average buyer to really need, and if you do get one, it's more for bragging rights than performance.

All those benchmarks were in 32bit how the 64bit will play out is still unknown a couple of hints say it might look good but its too early for that . Oh and the EE not now? Hmm its not even out yet but its already old?

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Again, the whole gaming only on AMD thing. That's total crap. I play games, edit video, record TV, and surf, all on a chip you determine is good for only specific apps and don't game. Please. It's also insulting to AMD owners to be labelled as gamers only, and apps are just there.

Euh never did any labeling the reality is that some proc are better for some apllications why not buy the one that suits you? If you go buy a car do you just buy "a car" or do you look at what you need and then go buy it? Same here if you game or just want a processor that runs everything fast and isnt that expensive its AMD you need to look at. Wanna render or edit video : buy an intel,...

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Both CPUs run games and apps fine, in my opinion. I don't need 100FPS to play a game well, nor do I need something that will calculate a nuclear explosion when balancing my checkbook. At the speeds and power these CPUs are at, it'll be a long time before any program will truly need this much processing power.

Seen the latest benchmarks for halflife 2? The current video cards can barely get playable framerates a processor that is a bit faster can really help there.

Of course bith run fine but when I spend my hard earned €'s I want the best for the lowest price possible and at this time in most cases thats AMD, yes for the same money you can get a very good intel system but the performance will be a couple % behind

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If you need A64-FX or even P4EE, go get them.

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Hell no I am happy with my year old AMD 2000+ :-)
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September 26, 2003 7:17:07 AM

I read Anandtech and Tom's because these sites tend to be the least biased. Wow, that's a killer statement. I must admit I like Anandtech's style a little better, but I like Tom's frequency much better.

I've been to many other sites, I even wrote a post questioning the integrety of PC Stats, a site where every piece of hardware seems to be better than everything else (to the point that in a 5900U article, which compared to it to the 9800P, they only compared the 5900U to itself when they turned on AA and AF).

Would you expect a review by AMDzone to be completely unbiased when reviewing a P4? Would you expect a review at Via hardware to be completely unbiased concering an SiS chipset platform? Those are fansites, which explains why I stick to Anandtech and Tom's.

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September 26, 2003 3:59:48 PM

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And for the latest intel's you need also a new motherboard (i875 or sis648 , ...) for the prescott? Wouldnt know anyway perhaps if your thinking on buying a new CPU in a couple months yes then perhaps it is best to just wait and not buy anything.

True, but for the majority of people who already own the i875/i865, it's not a problem. The only consideration is whether the first gen. of Prescott will work on these boards, as stated.

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Seeing its buying something overpriced you never will be cost saving that would be a 2500+ . But if you want high en / high performance that can last a couple years (like most people want, the part that buys every new CPU is really small you know) then the A64 3200+ is the best for the moment. Perhaps next year it will be different (altough seeing the price for the prescott I doubt it)

Nope. The A64-3200 isn't the best solution for anyone right now, since the socket 754 isn't going to last too long, meaning new CPU/Mobo upgrade, and the A64-FX is just way too expensive for the performance it showed. The socket 939 is the best bet for A64 buyers, but that's not available until Q1 2004. That might be the best solution for AMD owners.

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So 5-10% faster and cheaper isnt a big improvement ? Hmm you not easily sataisfied are you?

No, it's not. I got a 5-10% improvement when I upgraded from a 1.6a to a 2.4c. It costs me about $50 dollars more than my 1.6a setup.
When the hype of A64 was it would run this and that faster, and 32-bit progs would be faster, I expected more, to be honest, and I did not really see it.

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Same here if you game or just want a processor that runs everything fast and isnt that expensive its AMD you need to look at.

I still believe this to be true for the low-end/mid range CPUs, but the A64 is neither cheaper nor faster. You cannot tell me that a rig that would cost me almost $700+ for CPU/mobo/RAM is a cheaper and faster solution. Nope. AMD is moving away from cheap/affordable to competitive pricing, and AMD fans are the ones who will have to either bite the bullet on prices, or find an alternative.

Now, the whole HL2 and gaming thing. I can tell you this much...I don't play my games with everything turned on, and full anti-aliasing. I play the game at a level that is good for me, and me alone. Sometimes, less is more, for games.

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September 30, 2003 2:39:41 PM

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I read Anandtech and Tom's because these sites tend to be the least biased. Wow, that's a killer statement. I must admit I like Anandtech's style a little better, but I like Tom's frequency much better.

I've been to many other sites, I even wrote a post questioning the integrety of PC Stats, a site where every piece of hardware seems to be better than everything else (to the point that in a 5900U article, which compared to it to the 9800P, they only compared the 5900U to itself when they turned on AA and AF).

Would you expect a review by AMDzone to be completely unbiased when reviewing a P4? Would you expect a review at Via hardware to be completely unbiased concering an SiS chipset platform? Those are fansites, which explains why I stick to Anandtech and Tom's.

I never said just look at AMDZONE there are about a dozen websites that all state the same the AMD 64-FX is the top performer of the moment in most applications . All in all most sites think its a succes only toms hardware guide sees it different. So or he is wrong or all tose other sites are pro-AMD you seem to think all those others are pro-AMD I dont. But as I said you have little choice .
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September 30, 2003 2:39:58 PM

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nmdante : Nope. The A64-3200 isn't the best solution for anyone right now, since the socket 754 isn't going to last too long, meaning new CPU/Mobo upgrade, and the A64-FX is just way too expensive for the performance it showed. The socket 939 is the best bet for A64 buyers, but that's not available until Q1 2004. That might be the best solution for AMD owners.


Again your talking as if computer freaks are the only ones buying PC's. Its not the case most people buy a PC for years not months and in years it doesnt matter wich motherboard/RAM/CPU cause it all going to be obsolete . As I said only for a small group of people its worth buying a intel CPU .

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No, it's not. I got a 5-10% improvement when I upgraded from a 1.6a to a 2.4c. It costs me about $50 dollars more than my 1.6a setup.
When the hype of A64 was it would run this and that faster, and 32-bit progs would be faster, I expected more, to be honest, and I did not really see it.

It does run this and that faster in 32bit and a whole of a lot faster then all current P4's in the stores . You expected more? Thats your problem I would think dont know why seeing the benchmarks we saw never showed more and AMD never said it would be more.


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I still believe this to be true for the low-end/mid range CPUs, but the A64 is neither cheaper nor faster. You cannot tell me that a rig that would cost me almost $700+ for CPU/mobo/RAM is a cheaper and faster solution. Nope. AMD is moving away from cheap/affordable to competitive pricing, and AMD fans are the ones who will have to either bite the bullet on prices, or find an alternative.

Your mixing things up. First the AMD 64 3200+ is cheaper and faster then the fastest intel CPU curently avaible, no reason to deny that benchmarks show it. Second it always depends what people want but at this time no matter what you want (except for people into heavy rendering or video-editing) its AMD thats the best, wether you buy and 2000+ 2500+ or the AMD 64 3200+ it doesnt matter for that money and that performance you cannot find a cheaper system.


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Now, the whole HL2 and gaming thing. I can tell you this much...I don't play my games with everything turned on, and full anti-aliasing. I play the game at a level that is good for me, and me alone. Sometimes, less is more, for games.

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I know I play HALO now at 800X... I got everyting turned up and it looks good so why bother with the 1024X... ? But some people always want the fastest and do want everything turned up.
September 30, 2003 8:25:13 PM

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But hey, if you want to count 3 irrelevant 640x480x16 (!) Quake3 subbenches as 3 seperate benchmarks


I'm not sure how true this is, but I believe there are non-official modified or optmized quake 3 dlls for AMD cpus. I rememember reading that this was due to the fact that quake3 does not run SSE code on any AMD cpus and resorts to the buggy 3dnow! code (buggy quake code, not buggy chip).
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October 1, 2003 12:01:09 AM

I heard the same, but when I did some googling, this was quickly revealed as BS. Yes, there are recompiled DLL's that make Q3 run faster, by compiling the platform independant "bytecode" used in Doom3 and/or by making use of faster compilers than where available in the time Q3 was released.

Speedups range from 10 to 30% depending on the source, the test and settings. however, both intel and amd cpu's see almost the exact same speedup. Its a hoax that is being repeated over and over, but its not true. I'm sorry, I don't have the link at hand, but it was posted on aces message board a while ago.

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October 1, 2003 2:29:51 AM

Why can't we just all get along? Ok, I'm going to end this argument right now. Screw the Pentium. Screw the Athlon.
Let's all get a C3 processor!!! (last I heard they were at a blazing 1Ghz)

As each day goes by, I hug my 9600Pro just a little tighter.
October 1, 2003 3:29:24 AM

I'm already stupid, they make me smarter!!!

It comes down to the fact that they have the hardware faster than me, so I look at their benchies and decide. And they are unbiased and useful.

The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
October 1, 2003 5:10:41 AM

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Let's all get a C3 processor!!! (last I heard they were at a blazing 1Ghz)


Somebody summon Crashman. :evil: 


My OS features preemptive multitasking, a fully interactive command line, & support for 640K of RAM!
October 1, 2003 11:15:03 AM

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Somebody summon Crashman

I heard that if you look into a mirror and say 'VIA is Stable, VIA is fast' three times he'll appear and beat you to death with a VIA EPIA board.. :wink:

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October 2, 2003 1:46:29 AM

Good one!

Also if you go into a swamp with dead souls, and look at the water, and chant "Shuttle PCs are the wave of the future" with candles in a decagon layout, he'll come out of the water and suck you right in!

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October 2, 2003 1:47:31 AM

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It comes down to the fact that they have the hardware faster than me, so I look at their benchies and decide. And they are unbiased and useful.

You compare your mental speed to processors?! :eek: 

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October 2, 2003 9:58:40 PM

What??? Eden, dude, remember when u said u wouldn't smoke up...what happened??

I meant that they get the comp hardware faster than i could get it, thus I see what I will buy from their reviews.

The one and only "Monstrous BULLgarian!"
October 2, 2003 10:31:37 PM

Hey! a Christmas present for Crash.
A shuttle Pc using a via mb and a C3 processor. He'd be so thrilled :)  We can all take up a collection for him, and have it giftwrapped in time for the holidays!


*runs and hides in corner, fearing the wrath of the crash!"

As each day goes by, I hug my 9600Pro just a little tighter.
October 4, 2003 7:34:28 AM

what i love is that one reviewer at THG shows us in no uncertain terms that the line of FX video cards are crap and don't match up to their compition. Yet a few days later someone else at THG did a review on different price/performance video cards and then gave the "coveted" toms hardware guide award to the freaking 5600FX card because it came packaged with lots of software and a remote. GMAFB...

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