It's the Athlon64 3000. Since it's around 200 I was going to pick it up. Is this a bad chip? Or shoudl I pay double and get the athlon 64 3200? If so, what are the diffwerences between the A64 3000, and the A64 3200?
Although there are not any reviews available yet since this chip has just been released, I believe it's an excellent choice for a new system. It should perform about 5-6% slower than the A64 3200+ but at $215 it's an excellent value. I suppose it is a little bit slower than the 3.0c but don't forget it is also $60 cheaper!
My opinion is go for it, especially since you want to use it for gaming. This way you can easily upgrade your CPU to a 3700+ when you need one, sometime ine 2004 or 2005, without the need to replace your motherboard or memory again.
The Athlon64 3000+ at newEgg has 512 Kbyte L2 Cache Size, if the picture they provide shows the cpu they have in stock. I hear rumors of another Athlon64 3000+ that runs at 1.8Ghz with 1Mbyte L2 Cache Size.
Judging by <A HREF="http://www.ocworkbench.com/index.stm" target="_new">today's reports on OCWorkbench</A>, it seems that the A64 3000+ is a 2GHz part with a reduced 512Kb cache.I can only assume that the 1.8Ghz ones with 1Mb cache (such as Hexus') must have been early samples.
no matter how hard you try, you can't polish a turd. :]