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Athlon XP mobile upgrade worth it for me?

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June 15, 2004 12:52:41 AM

I have a stock t-bred XP 2700+ with an Asus A7N8X mobo and PC2700 Hyper-X RAM right now.

Do you think spending $90 or so on a mobile chip and overclocking it to 2.5Ghz (15 x 166) would be a noticeable upgrade? i would keep the FSB at 166 since I only have PC2700, but I could try to raise it.

There's like 5 different kinds of mobile chips; 2500+ 45watt, 2400+ 35watt, ect. What's the best mobile chip?
June 15, 2004 1:26:08 AM

Yup, what Scott said. A64 or bust!


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June 15, 2004 1:28:05 AM

Scottchen is right. Your current chip should be able to oc some. The difference in perf would be max 10%. You wouldn't notice that. It would hold you back from going A64 for too long. Why drag your butt around on an old platform? Save a little more then go A64.
In the mean time, see what you can get your ram to do. It may supprise you. Try different timings, as well as higher fsb.
June 15, 2004 1:47:17 AM

Okay i'm probably not going to do it. It's not like I can't afford an A64 system. Money isn't a problem. My computer isn't stuggling at all right now I just wanted something to play around with since this 2700+ doesn't OC for crap.

I just don't feel like getting a whole new motherboard, new RAM and CPU. I don't do a big upgrade until it's a HUGE upgrade. I'm not doing a big upgrade until next summer when the A64's are in the 3GHZ range, PCIe is the only way to go, and DDR ram is a thing of the past.
June 15, 2004 2:05:45 AM

I'm holding off my upgrade 'til AMD masters their 90nm transition, just hoping it's not gonna be as rough as the Prescott. That's what i'm hoping for, a nice 4000+ on s939 with 90nm process, hopefully i can overclock the crap out of it.

Let's not forget Intel, i'm pretty damn sure they're not sitting on their asses right now, When S939 becomes affordable, i'm sure Intel has released something great as well.

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June 15, 2004 3:14:55 AM

Speaking of Intel's countermoves, when does SocketT get released? It's soon (within the next two weeks), IIRC.

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June 15, 2004 4:09:33 AM

get better ram and cooling and overclock that fsb. Or just build a a64 system :) 

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June 15, 2004 5:25:58 AM

The 2700+ sucks at overclocking because it's the highest t-bred and has no overclocking headroom left. It's not a barton. bad buy on my part. i got it when it was the 2nd best AMD chip you chould buy though in jan 03.
June 15, 2004 1:27:12 PM

Quote:
The 2700+ sucks at overclocking because it's the highest t-bred and has no overclocking headroom left. It's not a barton. bad buy on my part.

Not that bad, this CPU is still a faiirly good performer. And I agree with the others. Wait until you get the money to buy new rig (CPU/RAM/MB). And by the way, which game is running slow on your rig? I actually have an Athlon XP 1800 (oc to 2400+) with an old Radeon 8500 and I can run new game in 800x600 at medium resolution. So with your faster CPU and a Radeon 9600 PRO, today's game should run fairly well.

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What's the <b><font color=green>AMD Mobile Athlon 64</font color=green></b> overclocking potential? <b>It's huge!</b> Humm... Maybe not that huge...
June 15, 2004 4:07:18 PM

Unless you are into mad OCing this chip is not worth the upgrade.

Mobile Barton 2500+ @ 2420mhz 11x220 1.7v
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1gb Geil GD pc3500 Dual Channel (2-3-3-6)
Segata 80gb SATA 8.5ms seek
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June 16, 2004 12:17:35 AM

"And by the way, which game is running slow on your rig? I actually have an Athlon XP 1800 (oc to 2400+) with an old Radeon 8500 and I can run new game in 800x600 at medium resolution. So with your faster CPU and a Radeon 9600 PRO, today's game should run fairly well."

Like I said in an earlier post. I don't have any problems with games I just wanted to play around with overclocking.
June 16, 2004 2:03:53 AM

What system did your parents take away? Why? What are you running now? Who's spoiled?
June 16, 2004 10:24:53 AM

Another vote for NO.

Don't do it unless the reason are have fun overclocking and testing different configs. And even if this is the case, buy the XP 2400+ Mobile or 2200+ XP-M, cheaper and same results.



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June 16, 2004 12:31:17 PM

If you've got the money go for it! You might as well, since you clearly NEEd something to play around with. It wouldn't increase performance much, but thats not the point :) 

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June 17, 2004 3:33:04 AM

Wow, did you guys have a bad day or something? That "spoiled" comment took off like a pack o' wolves. What is with the "tudes"???

Usually they are pretty cool in here, must be having some bad hair days. They gave you good advice though, just went a bit south near the end, he he.

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