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I see absolutely no reason to go Intel now

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March 11, 2004 8:02:52 AM

I'm building a second system and checked out latest CPU prices, the XP 2500+ is at $70 and the A64 3000+ at $200.
Those are unbeatable high and mid range choices.
With both of them offering low prices to each respective segment.
The 2500+ is so low priced, that anything less is not worth considering IMO.

Someone tell me I'm wrong?
Fanboys need not apply, but I suppose I'll take the bump if you are going to waste this sites bandwidth.

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March 11, 2004 8:09:23 AM

At $100 the mobile xp2500+ also deserves a mention. Not only does it oc like a trouper, or can be run at 45 watts for a quiet system, and has it's multipliers unlocked, but it should run on many older 133 fsb boards.
March 11, 2004 8:12:25 AM

The 2.8c P4 (Northwood NOT Prescott) is not much more expensive than the XP3000+ and with dual channel RAM I think the P4 would beat the XP in most respects. I also prefer the Intel chipsets, seem more reliable than the VIA or SiS ones. But I cant deny that the XP's are a great deal at the mo.

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March 11, 2004 8:16:24 AM

Nforce chips are as good or better than intel. Sandra 2004 says the xp3000 is closer to the P4 3.2c than to the 2.8
March 11, 2004 8:37:15 AM

I noticed that. But I dont see it being worth to buy the 2.8C when I can get a A64 3000+ for $30 more.

And the $70 2500+ is close enough to the XP3000+ and 2.8 in performance to destroy both in bang for buck.

As far as chipsets, I'd agree.. thats why I use Nvidia sets. Rock solid just like intel.

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March 11, 2004 8:39:55 AM

I forgot about the mobile chips.

I'd prob consider those. I've seen some interesting o/cing results come out of those chips!

As in like very high ocs coming out of them.

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March 11, 2004 9:14:39 AM

I would sugges Athlon FX-51, but that's around 700$ so if you don't want to spend that much stick with the A64. I never suggest 32-bit CPU's. Stick with the evolution!!!
March 11, 2004 11:04:54 AM

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Stick with the evolution!!!


Right on dude.

There hasnt been a single reason to purchase Intel for quite some time (even before AMD64) if you were to ask me.

I just wanted to see if some kind of argument that was reasonable could be presented on why I'd want to go 2.4C or 2.8C.
I got one but its comparing it to the overpriced 3000+ when the A64 is a better comparison that shows AMD in a better light.

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March 11, 2004 11:27:31 AM

If we ingore the mobile market, there are a few reasons I could think off:
1) you buy your computer to mostly run a single specific app which happens to be favour the P4 and/or HT (something like Lightwave).
2) you offered PC@home project by your employer for half the price, but your choice is limited to Dells.
3) you mother-in-law works for intel (you could of course buy a A64 and put it in an old Dell case)
4) you got more money than common sense, so you buy a P4EE now, and you give it away in a few months to buy a FX53 once windows64 ships.

Well, anyway, the first reason could be valid for some :) 

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March 11, 2004 12:41:26 PM

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I would sugges Athlon FX-51, but that's around 700$

I would wait untill the FX comes out in socket 939 form before buying one.

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March 11, 2004 12:58:28 PM

If you are a crazy OC'er(a la fugger), Intel is still, IMO, the better choice.


That's like what, .000000001% of the population?

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March 11, 2004 1:23:44 PM

True.
But that partly has to do with their design to hit higher clocks... so of course they are always going to do better if your aim is to hit higher clocks. :wink:

But as far as a processor, intel is inferior.

I'd rather not polish a turd all day.

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March 11, 2004 1:31:01 PM

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1) you buy your computer to mostly run a single specific app which happens to be favour the P4 and/or HT (something like Lightwave).

Save your money, get AMD and spend an extra 5seconds waiting.
The difference between the lines in Intels "chosen apps" has been closing.
While AMDs preferred segment (games), they are still pulling away.

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2) you offered PC@home project by your employer for half the price, but your choice is limited to Dells.

Time to get a new employer.

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3) you mother-in-law works for intel (you could of course buy a A64 and put it in an old Dell case)

Your mother needs to get a new employer.

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4) you got more money than common sense, so you buy a P4EE now, and you give it away in a few months to buy a FX53 once windows64 ships.

Well, maybe without having your job anymore.. but regaining your self respect in the process, you will be forced to knock sense into yourself, and buy AMD.

Hehe, you all know that I'm just playing around.

Seriously, are there ANY reasons to buy Intel?

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March 11, 2004 1:38:39 PM

There might be fewer (or no) reasons to build an Intel system atm, but I wouldn't have a major gripe with anyone (especially a n00b) would built a 2.8c system for whatever reason.

I'm going to wait until socket 775 before I decide to jump ship or stick with AMD (my current system is fine for my needs).



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March 11, 2004 9:28:21 PM

Um on a side note I don't recall you ever seeing a reason to buy Intel products.

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March 11, 2004 9:32:55 PM

In real life HT have more use that anything.You have see the review of N250 the workload on networking of the A64 was reaching 50% while the P4 was at 30%.Something usefull for corpo

need to change useur name.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by juin on 03/11/04 09:36 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
March 11, 2004 10:33:44 PM

I'm not going against you on this, but if you would could you give me some links, becuase i still haven't noticed a difference between my 2.6c and my 2500@3200 AMD. But i only play games... so yea :( . Although the only difference i've noticed that in corel draw 10 my 2.6c has shadow boxes everywhere, where as my AMD doesn't. But i have a feeling it's due to memory.. not intel.
Both are using 1gb, but i'm using kingston hyperX in a msi neo2 board.

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45.5k mark? 85 dollars went a long way. So did that extra 15 dollars for cooling my video card.
March 11, 2004 11:22:52 PM

Are you seriously asking or just your usual stir and shake? :wink: I sure agree that XP2500+ and Mobile XP2500+ are the most value per dollar. And A64 is considered the gamers chip now. But a retail 2.8C is $40 cheaper than a retail A64 3000+. No it can't keep up with A64 in games but will for video editing and other media encoding. Hyperthreading is still valuable in proper aps. Not to mention NF2, i865pe & i875 chipsets are superior to NF3 or KT800. The P4 800 bus chips destroy athlon XP's. So why was there no need to buy one before? A 2.8C is better than an XP3200+ in 9 out of 10 cases, yet cost $35 less. So the XP's are clearly outmatched.

Back to A64. That is $40 one could put into a better video card. A64/FX5900XT or P4 2.8C/ R9800 Pro. Same price, which is the better gaming rig? Not to mention i865pe rock solid proven stability with better mobo choices. I know what i would chose. Anyway, I think A64 has a ton to offer, but why buy one now instead of waiting for better motherboards soon to be released?

Again, IMO XP2500+, Mobile 2500+, P4 2.8C, A64 3000+ are the current best values and which you choose depends on your budget and what you hope to do with it. Yes, 3 out of 4 of my choices are AMD, but ruling out a 2.8C altogether is a mistake.


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March 11, 2004 11:29:50 PM

Sandra also shows my Mobile XP2500+ @ 2.6GHz is far superior to an overclocked A64 3200+ @ 2300MHz. Do you believe that too?

LOL

Look <A HREF="http://www6.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030623/p4_3200-07.ht..." target="_new"> HERE </A>and you'll see 800 bus P4's destroy Athlon XP's one test after another.

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March 11, 2004 11:57:45 PM

I did look there. That is the problem. Intel wiped the floor in Sandra. The Intel chips got way better results than what Sandra says. On the other hand, the Amd chips were at half what Sandra and my own chips get.
If Tom's is so badly screwing the perf of the xp chips, and boosting the Intel so much, the only conclusion is that an xp3000+ is much better than a P4c 3.2 period.
March 12, 2004 12:02:42 AM

Practical reason to buy Intel: Peer pressure. You've got colleagues and the whole community who rarely view reviews and read forums. They only see ads like "Intel inside" and Dell's. They do not foresee that 64-bit desktop computing is coming sooner than what Intel wants us to believe. And majority rules.
March 12, 2004 12:17:45 AM

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the only conclusion is that an xp3000+ is much better than a P4c 3.2 period.


Huh, What? Are you serious? Dream on.


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March 12, 2004 12:56:26 AM

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the only conclusion is that an xp3000+ is much better than a P4c 3.2 period.

ROFLMBO, Actually, the conclusion I am drawing is that you have no idea what you are talking about in this topic.

So in your mind: Tom is out to get AMD in that review, and this one: <A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030513/athlon_xp-22.h..." target="_new"> "XP 2800+ would have been a more realistic label for the processor, which wouldn't have been a problem for anyone, if AMD still wants to go toe-to-toe with Intel's P4." </A>

And the ANAND also must be out to get AMD <A HREF="http://www.anandtech.com/cpu/showdoc.html?i=1834&p=7" target="_new"> HERE </A> where the benchmarks again must be rigged and quotes from ANAND like

"With the introduction of the 800MHz, Intel has put the nail in the Athlon XP's coffin - whatever chances AMD had at regaining the performance crown with the Athlon XP were lost when Intel introduced the 865PE and 875P platforms."

are nothing but pro Intel propaganda.

And Alex "Sharkey" Ross threw this test for Intel too huh.

<A HREF="http://www.sharkeyextreme.com/hardware/cpu/article.php/..." target="_new"> P4 destroys A XP again </A>

Seriously, 3 experts, same conclusion. P4 - 800 bus chips destroy the Athlon XP chips. Give up this arguement. The lower clocked XP's like the XP2500+ are value champs, and they OC easily too. But the higher clocked XP's can not come close to competing with Intel's P4 "C" chips. Not in performance, name, or value.

If you want to claim AMD superiority, it has to be like Kinney originally posted. XP2500+ excellent value, A64 Current Gaming King with 64 bit support as a bonus. But when you claim Athlon XP 3000+ is superior to XP3200+ <font color=red>(EDIT: I meant P4 3.2C)</font color=red>and that Tom fixed his results, it just shows how little you know and how little you have read.

But I am sure many of the others here who now have the A64 to stick in Intels face for arguement sake, used to also claim Athlon XP superiority before A64 came out. I bet one could have some fun reading some of your posts from long ago. :wink:

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March 12, 2004 1:40:12 AM

Right now AMD is taking the lead, that doesn't mean it'll stay this way. remember Athlon 1000? Intel dont just sit at Santa Clara and go "oh AMD is beating us, MEH!"

also, Athlon XP got their asses kicked serverly by the P4Cs find me proof otherwise.

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March 12, 2004 2:07:20 AM

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Nforce chips are as good or better than intel

Actually wrong again. NF2 is great no doubt, but care to compare memory scores with i865/875? IMO all three are great.

NF3 is not at all up to par with NF2. Not in stability or class leading performance. Want the best A64 performance, it aint with Nvidia chipset dude. Gotta go VIA.

<A HREF="http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030923/athlon_64-06.h..." target="_new">http://www.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030923/athlon_64-06.h...;/A>

"Nvidia: NForce-3 Bug

The extremely low AGP performance of the NForce3 can be clearly attributed to problems with the HyperTransport channel interface to the Northbridge. That is proven by the benchmark results and the performance differences of up to 33.2 percent. Details about this can be found in the benchmark section of this article.

Originally, Nvidia had planned to also integrate a SATA RAID controller in the Southbridge. Although the controller is included in the current NForce 3, Nvidia deactivated this feature. The reason was that error-free operation was not possible. For this reason, we decided to use additional boards based on the VIA K8T800 chipset.

Nvidia (Athlon 64 FX, or alternatively GeForce FX - related names) may be a more high-profile partner for AMD than VIA. However, we would point out that VIA, with the K8T800 chipset, currently offers a clearly better solution for the Athlon 64."

Another quote:
"The shortcomings of the Nvidia NForce-3 chipset are clearly and abundantly evident!"

And furthermore, look at the performance numbers here. Not just Quake3, but look at all of them, read the whole review (again). P4's not looking too shabby, are they.

<A HREF="http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030923/athlon_64-22..." target="_new">http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20030923/athlon_64-22...;/A>

or here is a review from this year after the A64 3400+ launch.

<A HREF="http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040106/athlon64_340..." target="_new">http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040106/athlon64_340...;/A>


And before posting any more Crap Like A-XP= P-4C, or even A64 > P4C hands down, why not read this summary.
<A HREF="http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040106/athlon64_340..." target="_new">http://www20.tomshardware.com/cpu/20040106/athlon64_340...;/A>


Let's face it fanboys, the P4's are still looking very good against A64. Once 64 bit aps come into play, yes things might/should change. And the fact that P4-2.8C does as well against A64 3200+, and is $100 cheaper. Only a true AMD Fanboy won't admit the P4-C's are still a valid option. Saying nothing is needed between XP2500+ and A64 3000+ is like saying the only video cards we need is Ti4200 and FX5900U. Makes no sense at all. Especially with R9600 pro and 9800 pro's available.

OH yes, and by the way, i865/875 > NF3 hands down.

Also, I laugh at all of you who snag up early A64 mobos/chips. Futureproofing yourselves so you think without considering how much better A64 mobos will soon be. How well are the new PCI-express Video cards going to run in your current "set for the 64 bit revolution future" A64 systems. I'll keep enjoying my IS7/2.6C and NF7/Mobile XP2500+ systems and once A64 really makes sense, i'll let you know what you could have had. If you really want to be ready for the future, you should have waited for socket 939 dudes. You may think your 64 bit cpu will be the king for some time to come, just wait and see what systems during the summer will be doing.



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March 12, 2004 2:50:56 AM

Just go to your own clicky and compare the xp scores in Sandra, and the P4c scores in Sandra with your own scores in Sandra. Then tell me that it is consistant. If the P4c can win on it's own, why rig it? If the other scores are as hugly cheats, where does that leave you? Dont give me any lies until you have at least looked and thought about it.

Not accusing you of lying I mean benchmarks that are designed to favour Intel.

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March 12, 2004 4:59:44 AM

Unless you actually wanted a good motherboard, then A64 isn't an option right now.

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March 12, 2004 5:36:46 AM

you keep saying that, but I still have to read any issues whatsoever with VIA K8T800 if you're not a heavy duty overclocker. I understand some are traumatised by prior experiences, but I think its time to put our KT133 experiences behind us now.. every VIA chipset since the KT266A has been decent, getting better with every respin. We're not judging the 875 on prior experiences with the i820 or 815 either.

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March 12, 2004 6:22:43 AM

My question is why do people dismiss the Nforce 3 solution. Certainly the via chip won the race, with it's faster hyper transport. So what! The 800 mhz hypertransport is not needed. The nforce boards are great. They are more than enough to keep you in the game. What could you actually do with the via ht that you could not do as fast on the nforce boards? It's like the 875 and 865 chipsets. The 875 may be faster, but it doesn't always work that way.
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March 12, 2004 6:24:48 AM

You still have to use patched drivers with a lot of cards on VIA chipset boards. Most drivers have been patched for YEARS, but why should any company have to make chipset-specific patches?

i820 was a great chipset. MTH was an add on part buyers forced. RDRAM i820 boards didn't have a MTH. i815 was also a great chipset.

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March 12, 2004 6:39:14 AM

"Patched drivers" ? What are you talking about ? You're not referring to the ancient soundblaster live/VIA PCI corruption bug are you ? AFAIK that was mostly a soundblaster problem where Creative did not adhere to the PCI specifications, not a via bug, even though it mostly only showed up with VIA chipsets. I would never recommend Creative for anything. Regardless, that was 2001. The issue has been solved for ages.

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March 12, 2004 7:04:42 AM

No, I'm refering to the "ancient" PCI latency bug that affected the Soundblaster Live (YES, it WAS VIA's fault), Aureal SQ2500, Diamond MX300....a bunch of SCSI cards, etc etc etc etc forever. These things have all been "fixed" to work with VIA chipsets, or have been lost to the market.

Ancient? The bug exist to this day.

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March 12, 2004 7:45:36 AM

I'd like to see any evidence the PCI latency "bug" in the 686B South Bridge still exists today. I put bug between quotes, because what I recall, motherboard vendors where to blame. AKAIK, these issues have been resolved since the VT8237 southbridge, and all current KT400/600/880 and K8 chipsets are completely unaffected. I'm not a big VIA fan myselve having owned Apollo Pro133, KT133 and KT133A mainboards, but I have not seen or heard of a single issue with VIA's latest chipsets, especially their K8 chipsets. Have you ?

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March 12, 2004 8:27:39 AM

Agree that currently AMD is the best bang for the buck. In fact, I would say not mobile 2500+ but mobile 2400+, that costs LESS than $80!

An about a reason for building Intel, I suppose people that want to get insane Ghz, very powerfull system, watercooled, will go for Intel. AFAIK AMD64 doesn't overclock very far, about 10%, while Intel can go close to 4Ghz.

Anyway, I haven't test any of these posibilities, I'm a budget buyer! :smile:


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March 12, 2004 8:28:34 AM

The last chipset I've seen anyone use BIOS hacks to allow an MX300 to work on was the KT400.

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March 12, 2004 8:30:52 AM

I don't know why I even bother to discuss this stuff with you, it's obvious that you support an Anti-American company. If they had been located in the U.S. the CEO would be in prison by now.

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March 12, 2004 8:58:16 AM

There's a reason noone mentioned. Prices outside the US/UK are a bit more expensive for Intel and a lot more expensive for AMD. Same goes for Nvidia being a little more expensive and ATI being a lot more expensive.
I know where I live you can get a P4 3.2C for 396$, 3.0C at 316$, A64 3000+ at 361$ and A64 3200+ at 439$ (3.2EE at 1300$, but that's besides the point). I think when these are the prices, AMD doesn't offer more value than Intel, and I haven't mentioned the mobos which are more expensive for A64 too.

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March 12, 2004 9:07:28 AM

LOL ! It had not even occured to me VIA was not American, and other chipset manufacturers would. Seriously, I don't even know if ALI, ATI or SIS are American, and I don't care *whatsoever*.. sheesh. well, maybe it explains your attitude, I'm not sure..

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March 12, 2004 10:46:33 AM

Crash is right again. It was Via's fault, and it wasn't "solved" even with the KT400. But yes, KT266A, KT333, KT400 were far superior to KT133.

KT133 has caused me more headaches than all other chipsets combined. Almost every KT133 system I sold eventually came back to bite me. One current problem is on 2 seperate customers machines with KT133 chipsets, they crash when trying to burn CD's. One worked fine burning Cd's for a year, but now is crashing. The other had been later upgraded, and after putting 3 different CD-RW's in it and changing the power supply, it still couldn't consistently burn a CD. I have only seen this in KT133's though. I'm on a KT266A here now that has been a Gem for me day in and day out, running Win XP even with my original SB Live! in it. But even so, I sure wish it was an NF2.



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March 12, 2004 1:10:30 PM

Re: Crash is right again.

I think his original post states.....
"Unless you actually wanted a good motherboard, then A64 isn't an option right now."

This is wrong again....

Via has had issues in the past so has intel yet if you cannot bring yourself to buy via (seeeing their are no isuses today) their are other choices out there.
seems like he's always looking for an excuse to avoid a64.

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March 12, 2004 1:57:56 PM

So basically what you are saying is that if you really want an inferior processor but must have hyperthreading than intel is the way to go?

I dont need HT, I am just looking for clarification.

I'd agree, 2500 (mobile and not) are the best deal available. With A64 ruling top end. I just wanted to see if intel had any merits at all left.

Its nice to see at least that if Intel is going to have its faced rubbed in the mud, their slower architechure to begin with will overclock nicely!
I wondered how people who bought that crap slept at night.

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March 12, 2004 5:27:17 PM

VIA breaks laws that we uphold with great esteem here, laws which are part of our culture, laws that make us "american". They steal ALL there new technology (Americans think of themselves as inovators) and use strong arm tactics to block other companies from doing business (WE'VE had anti-trust laws on the books for over 100 years to prevent that). Basically American culture is capitalistic at heart, where restrictions are in place only to keep the market competitave. VIA's anti-competitave practices would be felonious here.

Who else do you see like that, ALi? SiS? Even nVidia stops short of what Americans consider "breaking the law" most of the time. Meanwhile there's VIA, circumventing the law so they can push crap into the market while putting the companies who actually designed that technology out of business.

The American dream: You do something well, you get rich. That doesn't include comitting crimes well, it's supposed to involve more effort, more integrety. VIA's dream: Someone else does something well, you steal it from them and use it to put them out of business.

This type of crime has been around forever, it's definately not American. It might be human, but only in the basist of human nature, greed, kill them before they kill me, etc. That might go over well in certain undeveloped contries, or even Tiawan, but Americans are above that sort of thing.

VIA has cost me hundreds of hours of service work, as a technician. Just last night I re-assembled a system that was 3 years old, and fought the thing for 2 hours trying to figure out what it's problem with RAM was, then remembered "Doh, do a BIOS update" and behold, the RAM problems went away, and the BIOS update only worked because it contained a BIOS patch for the VIA memory controller. BTW, all those lost hours are MONEY.

VIA has also hurt my reputation as a seller. I sold a couple systems which became unstable, and because they were new the BIOS patches weren't available yet. Those systems were eventually fixed, but by that time I'd lost several sales (a couple returns, and word of mouth causing lost sales). Sure eventually the systems were fixed and resold, but I could have made MORE money had I sold a couple more systems, rather than reselling the rehashed trash.

OK, so even if VIA wasn't a rotten company, I've lost enough money because of them that I'll never do business with them. Ever. And I'd rather see you die than buy one of their products.

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March 12, 2004 5:42:03 PM

I know you've read my other post in other places, so you prove you're either a liar or idiot once again.

1.) The SiS 755 chipset has none of the memory issues of the K8whatever, Anandtech says it's the best chipset. But the "best" board to use it is the cheapo ECS 755-A2. Companies such as Asus and DFI promised high end 755 boards, but never delivered.
2.) OCWorkbench claims superiority of the Soyo K8USA, which uses an ALi chipset. But I'm not familiar enough with it to give it a solid reputation, I've had problems with Soyo, and ALi has a spotty record, so I'll have to watch that one.
3.) nVidia recently released the nForce3 250 chipset. But I still don't see any on the market.

You've heard me say those things over and over. So when you say I'm looking for an excuse to avoid the A64, you're talking out the wrong end. Rather, I'm saying that we're better off WAITING until boardmakers offer us a decent board.

It's not like I have anything against AMD, the nForce2 chipsets are great and the XP2500+ is a cheap CPU that can be overclocked to XP3200+ speeds.

With all the GARBAGE platforms on the market right now for the A64, Intel having problems with the Prescott, etc, a builder would be well advised to take the value rout and go with an XP2500+ on an nForce2 400/Ultra400 platform.

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This is wrong again....

Again I see you're talking out your arse, you know what I'm saying is true.

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March 12, 2004 7:02:59 PM

LOL you are like a spoilt kid defending his favorite toy. Crash you sound like a broken record always slagging AMD and VIA. If you don't like one of them that's fine but do we need to hear it again and again. I mean just how many times have you bashed amd in the past. Now amd has the athlon64 and you have a hard time accepting it. So you say the chip is ok but nothing but junk platforms for it. So avoid this cpu for now.

Let me spell this out for you crash. I Don't like you. You are too biased when it comes to AMD. Crash your opinions on Via are just that opinions I have heard nothing wrong with the current Via boards. As a matter of fact I have heard nothing bad of Via in quite a while. Since you no longer use Via your opinion is no longer relevant.

What's wrong with nforce3 150 any way (the 800 600 issue) it still cleans up against a simmalar intel system. Or is it because the Via system has a slight performance lead. (I hope you see the humour in that)

Then there are other chipsets for the athlon64


Re: The SiS 755 chipset has none of the memory issues of the K8whatever, Anandtech says it's the best chipset. But the "best" board to use it is the cheapo ECS 755-A2. Companies such as Asus and DFI promised high end 755 boards, but never delivered.

Why are they not high end no built in raid or advanced apu?


Re: OCWorkbench claims superiority of the Soyo K8USA, which uses an ALi chipset. But I'm not familiar enough with it to give it a solid reputation, I've had problems with Soyo, and ALi has a spotty record, so I'll have to watch that one.

You might want to refrase "I'm not familiar enough with it to give it a solid reputation" Just because you say somthing don't make it so. Your ego and bias gets the better of you too often. Remember Omid states lots of things it don't make it so.

Re: It's not like I have anything against AMD, the nForce2 chipsets are great and the XP2500+ is a cheap CPU that can be overclocked to XP3200+ speeds.

Yup latley you say you can look to amd in the low end segment.


Re: Again I see you're talking out your arse, you know what I'm saying is true.

I know you believe your opinions. Too bad you are not smart enough to see your own bias cloulding your opinions you claim as fact.


If I glanced at a spilt box of tooth picks on the floor, could I tell you how many are in the pile. Not a chance, But then again I don't have to buy my underware at Kmart.
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March 12, 2004 7:41:41 PM

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LOL you are like a spoilt kid defending his favorite toy

No, you're like an idiot looking for a reason to cry foul
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Crash you sound like a broken record always slagging AMD

No, you sound like an idiot always promoting junk platforms, I for one LIKE AMD.
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Let me spell this out for you crash.

Considering the lack of merit in your arguments, I'm surprised you CAN spell anything out.
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I Don't like you.

That's because you know you can't win
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You are too biased when it comes to AMD.

You mean to imply that I'm biased AGAINST AMD? Because I've been pushing AMD for 3 months now. Again your argument lacks merit.
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Crash your opinions on Via are just that opinions

I'm a system builder, when I say I've lost time to issues with VIA chipsets, that's not an opinion. Time is factual. When I say that VIA chipsets aren't compatable with a bunch of older drivers, that's also a fact. You need to learn that everything YOU say is an opinion, but all my "opinions" have a reasonable number of FACTS behind them.
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Since you no longer use Via your opinion is no longer relevant

Wrong again, I still repair systems, I just ran into another system full of BIOS problems, the update was easy...and was dated 2 years after the board was produced.
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What's wrong with nforce3 150 any way (the 800 600 issue)

I think you answered you own question.
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Or is it because the Via system has a slight performance lead.

So does SiS and ALi, why do you defend VIA instead of supporting something better?
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Why are they not high end no built in raid or advanced apu?

ECS is an economy board maker, they don't put advanced features on their boards that enthusiast like, ie built in RAID and advanced overclocking options. ECS also has a somewhat spotty quality control record.

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solid reputation

Typo, I meant recommendation, and was thinking of their reputation, hence the word swap
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Just because you say somthing don't make it so.

I only say things when they already ARE so. Otherwise I would say it was an opinion.
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Your ego and bias gets the better of you too often

If your father had a habit of punching you every so often, without warning, you'd eventually get to the point where you tried to avoid him. You'd duck whenever you saw him come around. And you can't understand why I don't like VIA?
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Yup latley you say you can look to amd in the low end segment.

XP2500+ is midrange, and everybody deserves a good price. You called it low-end, now who's biased?
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Too bad you are not smart enough to see your own bias cloulding your opinions you claim as fact.

Check the news, VIA stealing technology is a fact, they get nabbed every few months. Or was it the time I spent fixing these problems, did you consider that an opinion? Time can be counted in hours, so it's quantitive, not qualitive. Or was it the PCI bug I mentioned? I can't proove it exist on any newer chipset than the KT400, because I don't know of anyone who's tried affected hardware on any newer chipset. But I let everyone know that from the outset. The KT400 is recent enough to assume the problem was never fixed, instead drivers for individual cards were patched.

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March 12, 2004 8:30:43 PM

> I've lost enough money because of them that I'll never do
>business with them. Ever. And I'd rather see you die than
>buy one of their products.

Sheesh man, chill out. You got issues dude, getting all wind up over a frigging piece of silicon. I bet you're hardly exagerating about the dying part either. Maybe you want to keep a shotgun in your store for whenever someone asks for VIA board ?

You know, there is not a whole lot of technical stuff I learn here on THGC, but people like you, Kinney, RC,.. sure give me another perspective on "Americans". You guys and your lack of perspective scare me, honestly.

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March 12, 2004 8:37:27 PM

You tell em Crash!!!

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March 12, 2004 8:41:20 PM

No actually Kinney, given the current motherboard choices, and the fact that Intel 800 bus chips perform very well around the board, I am saying right now I feel P4 2.8C and $40 for a better video card is a much better choice than A64 3000+. Did you look at all the performance numbers I linked to? A64 will make more sense if superior socket 939 boards were available. Right now A64 makes little sense to me unless you don't care about getting a stable, true enthusiast mobo, and all you do is play games. That is what i am saying. Yes, and to repeat it once again, NF2 XP2500+ still great value.

Basically, you can buy a great NF2 mobo and a cheap OC XP2500+ knowing you are getting the best of the whole Athlon XP chipset/performance/value. Or, You can buy a tested and true I865pe, I875p mobo, knowing your getting the best P4 boards/ performance ever made, or you can be early to jump on A64, settling for a mediocre motherboard/chipset just to game a little faster and claim you have the best chip. But again, buy buying A64 now, you are guaranteeing other people will soon have much better 64 bit solutions than yourself, with more enthusiast friendly features, more future features like PCIe, better performance, come socket 939.

Again, I laugh at the early A64 owners who think they are so set for the future. But I am thankful for them as I'm glad AMD is getting revenue off there fanboyism. I want AMD to make a profit and keep challenging Intel for years to come. Thanks guys for help making that possible so i can save my $$$ for a better 64-bit solution. :lol:  :lol:  :lol: 



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