Athlon or Opteron? 27 replies

Please wait...

The Contender

no, i am not a girl,but thanks

50 XP

30th January 2005

0 Uploads

917 Posts

0 Threads

#1 15 years ago

i am upgrading my computer from an athlon xp 2500(socket A). i have decided on the board ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 Socket 939 ULi M1695 ATX AMD at newegg, but since i have not upgraded in a while, i dont know how these more recent AMD processors compare. i mostly do gaming on BF2 so the processor choice will be influenced by this, my current video is BFG 6600GTOC 128 AGP, i am looking to spend no more than $300 on the processor, any suggetions on which processor? Current System Shuttle an-35-ultra 400 mother board AMD XP 2500+ socket a 1 gig kensington 3200 Ram Maxtor 300 GIG SATA HD 7800 rpm XP professional 500 watt power supply




Chocu1a

Feel my heat, Heavens on fire.

45,365 XP

2nd August 2005

0 Uploads

4,209 Posts

0 Threads

#2 15 years ago

I just purchased that same board. I like it. Make sure you do your research on compatability with your other equiptment & that mobo. Ocworckbench.com has some great support for that board. I got an amd 3700 for 191 usd from ewiz.com two weeks ago. It best bang for buck. Make sure you install agp driver from asrock before you install nvidia drivers for card or you can't run at 8x agp.This setup is very stable.




The Contender

no, i am not a girl,but thanks

50 XP

30th January 2005

0 Uploads

917 Posts

0 Threads

#3 15 years ago
Count_Chocu1aI just purchased that same board. I like it. Make sure you do your research on compatability with your other equiptment & that mobo. Ocworckbench.com has some great support for that board. I got an amd 3700 for 191 usd from ewiz.com two weeks ago. It has 1 g cache & is best bang for buck. Make sure you install agp driver from asrock before you install nvidia drivers for card or you can't run at 8x agp.This setup is very stable.

What processor are you using? opteron or athlon?




Rookie Advanced Member

128,030 XP

3rd May 2005

0 Uploads

11,953 Posts

0 Threads

#4 15 years ago

He's using an Athlon 3700+. A wise choice, it certainly does have the best "bang for buck" value - the 3800+ has half as much cache, and the 4000+ is just too pricey. If you're after an Athlon, go for the 3700+. Of course, there's always dual-core...

As for the Opterons, they're mainly designed for servers, as a rival to the Intel Xeon. So saying, I seem to remember C38368 mentioning that the Series 1 "Denmark" core Opterons are overclocking beasts. You'll need a Socket 940 motherboard though.




C38368

...burning angel wings to dust

55 XP

14th February 2004

0 Uploads

5,013 Posts

0 Threads

#5 15 years ago
Rookie_42As for the Opterons, they're mainly designed for servers, as a rival to the Intel Xeon. So saying, I seem to remember C38368 mentioning that the Series 1 "Denmark" core Opterons are overclocking beasts. You'll need a Socket 940 motherboard though.

Actually, you don't need a socket 940 board anymore for 1xx Opterons, which is what makes them such beastly CPUs. A few months back (with the 90nm rollout, I think) AMD moved the 1xx Opterons over to the 939 platform in order to try to differentiate server (2xx and 8xx series) from workstation platforms. I think (but am not sure, so check first before you buy) that the 939-pin 1xx Opterons also have a newer memory controller that works with non-ECC/Unbuffered RAM. Pretty neat, huh? :)

Oh yeah, and the buzz is/was that they overclock like no other, at least in AMD's current lineup.




The Contender

no, i am not a girl,but thanks

50 XP

30th January 2005

0 Uploads

917 Posts

0 Threads

#6 15 years ago

sounds to me like im going to go for athlon. i am following the ars technica guide for hot rod system and they recommend a athlon 3500, how does this compare to a 3700? any noticeable difference?




Rookie Advanced Member

128,030 XP

3rd May 2005

0 Uploads

11,953 Posts

0 Threads

#7 15 years ago

A friend of mine has an Athlon 3500+. It's certainly good enough, but you will notice quite a big difference between that and the higher end Athlons.




Oblivious

I tawt I taw a puddy tat...

50 XP

30th December 2002

0 Uploads

2,806 Posts

0 Threads

#8 15 years ago

Someone scared me away from the Opterons a while back saying that the warranty is no good if it isn't in a server. Any word on if that's truly the case? But that same person also mentioned that they can indeed be crazy overclocked.

No matter though as I decided to get a 4400+ dual core.




The Contender

no, i am not a girl,but thanks

50 XP

30th January 2005

0 Uploads

917 Posts

0 Threads

#9 15 years ago

i am not into OC'ing myself so personally that is not an issue . at new egg there is a difference of about $30 from the 3500 to the 3700 so does that difference matter at all?




C38368

...burning angel wings to dust

55 XP

14th February 2004

0 Uploads

5,013 Posts

0 Threads

#10 15 years ago

ObliviousSomeone scared me away from the Opterons a while back saying that the warranty is no good if it isn't in a server. Any word on if that's truly the case? But that same person also mentioned that they can indeed be crazy overclocked.

No matter though as I decided to get a 4400+ dual core.

That most certainly was the case in the past. And it still is with 2xx and 8xx Opterons. The 1xx Opterons are basically the same as San Diegoes now. And there was talk that AMD was planning to stop all retail sales of them, making Opterons into OEM-only parts.