Basically, I've almost decided to buy an AMD Athlon 64. Now i want to decide whether to buy a 3400+ using the 754 socket or the 3200+ using the 939 socket. Both cost around the same, but i want to know which one would be better for gaming.
I also want to know the P4 equivalent of the 3200+, 3400+ as well as the 3500+
Would getting a 3500+ instead of the 3200/3400 ones i stated earlier give me a performance boost worthy of the price (which is around US$50 more expensive here in Hong Kong)
Any help would be greatly appreciated
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by DigitalDragon on 06/27/05 11:02 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
If they are the same price buy a s939. Many people are going to come on here now and show you some bench marks where the s754 has a slight advantage, but I assure you the performance of these chips is very close. As well, the s754 is no longer in production which means that any further upgrades you should make would require a new mobo and a new CPU if you go s754. Now some people are going to come on here and say that upgradability doesn't matter for just a CPU because nobody ever just upgrades a CPU. But that is not true, I just recently had the opportunity to upgrade one of my 3200+ chips up to a new venice core for a very good price and I couldn't resist selling my old one to a friend and getting the new one.
Well, we have seen benchies going both ways on this. But yes, for the most part it is true. If you find a s754 and set it up the same as an s939 then you will see better performance out of the s754. But once again I will stress that it is not upgradable, and you won't be able to use PCIe, you couldn't get a venice core, you can't ever go SLI, I just don't like that option.
We haven't really seen performance tests showing the s754 vs a s939 venice, so I don't know how they would stack up against eachother.
Socket 754 is single channel, 939 is dual channel. 754 is now the 'budget' platform, and the 3700+ (2.4ghz) is the fastest cpu AMD has said they'll release for it.
Here's the funny thing about 754/939 comparisons: If you compare PR ratings (the 3000+, 3200+, etc.) 2 CPUs with the same PR rating and the 754 comes out a bit ahead. That's because a 754 3200+ is 2.2ghz w/512k cache, and a 939 3200+ is 2.0ghz w/512k cache. Dual channel helps, but not enough to overcome the 200mhz clock difference.
If you compare actual clock speeds, a 754 3200+(2.2g/512k) and a 939 3500+ (2.2ghz/512k), then the 939 will win because of dual channel.
IMO, unless money is exceedingly tight, get 939.
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