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January 8, 2004 9:06:22 PM

I can get an AMD 2500xp for 88 bucks and a 2600xp for 106...my question is if the 2600xp is worth the extra 18 bucks? It will be paired with an Asus A7N8X-X. Thanks for the help.

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January 8, 2004 9:20:40 PM

I'd get the XP2500+, set the bus speed at 200MHz, and make a 3200+ out of it that way.

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January 8, 2004 9:29:26 PM

it depends, if u dun want to OC, then 2600 is obviously faster, otherwise, like Crashman said, 2500+ is the way to go
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January 8, 2004 9:43:04 PM

I have a similar question.

What if I get the Barton 2600+ and crank up the bus from 166 to 200? Wouldn't that be faster than a Barton 2500+ overclocked rom 166 to 200?
January 8, 2004 9:58:15 PM

A Barton 2600+ with 200MHz FSB would give you 2.3GHz while a Barton 2500+ would give you 2.2GHz. Note though that it is not guaranteed that you will reach those speeds, although it is very likely, especially if you have good cooling.

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January 8, 2004 10:06:19 PM

The reason for my doubt is that the Barton 2600+ isn't even present in the OC database at www.overclockers.com, while there's an extensive list of OC results for the Barton 2500+.

Does anyone know the physical limit of the Barton architecture? The old Katmai P3 had a limit of 600MHz. The Coppermine upped it to 1GHz. These are without exotic cooling, of course. I don't plan to use exotic cooling devices in my new PC.
January 9, 2004 1:09:31 AM

ITSALLBS has a 2.481GHz AXP, aircooled. Originally a 2500+. That's an unusual result though...I'd say 2.3ish is tops for most Bartons.

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January 9, 2004 1:26:28 AM

I push my xp2400 to 210x11.5 = 2415MHz air cooling

I think if you push the Vcore high enough with good cooling and of course good memory motherboard. Most RECENT xp CPU's will get you close to 2400MHz. I see a few system specs with xp2500 @ 2200MHz but the Vcore is at 1.7 or so.

Don't be fooled into thinking you could push an xp3200 like that % wise. xp3200 is one of the worst chips on the market value wise.

If you are overclocking, the xp2500 is the chip to buy very cheap and a decent overclocker with decent performance.

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January 9, 2004 1:28:48 AM

I would just get the 2500+, you won't notice a speed difference probably, they are too close to each other. Go with the cheaper one. The 2600+ is ONLY 70Mhz faster.

Also, where can you get it for $88? Is that retail? I see newegg.com has it for $90 retail with free shipping and the 2600+ for $104 retail with free shipping. I buy everything from newegg.com usually, i've build about 5 computers from there for people. They have free shipping on tons of stuff and super low prices.

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January 9, 2004 1:30:23 AM

Too bad the recent ones are generally locked (except 2800+, 3000+ and 3200+) :frown: .

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January 9, 2004 1:37:15 AM

That's a good point. Yeah mine is unlocked and your right pretty much most new ones are locked. I'd still be happy with 11x200 gives you a barton xp3200 for $90 bucks or so.



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January 9, 2004 1:39:20 AM

I'd do it too...better than buying a 3200+.

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January 9, 2004 1:51:38 AM

I already concede the fact that all new Bartons are multiplier locked, that's why I was debating whether to get a 2500+ or a 2600+. Looks like the 2500+ has rave reviews and a good record. I will probably buy it next week, along with everything else from Newegg.
January 9, 2004 1:56:54 AM

Consider this, yes the multi is a little higher on xp2600 so up side is grater if just going to 200FSB. But if your board and ram can do better like recent nforce2 and pc3500 memory you would push ether CPU farther.

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January 9, 2004 3:49:15 AM

Then again.. if he goes out and buys a good hsf and fan then he might as well went and bought the 2800+
45 dollars plus the 85 for the cpu.
:/  kinda crappy if you think about it.
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