Price Guide, December 2005: CPUs

by Haider Farhan on 12/24/2005 2:41 AM EST


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  • Guuster - Sunday, December 25, 2005 - link

    Its seems I have either confused myself , or anandtech is *incorrectly posting these new S939 opterons as a Venus core. ...shouldnt they be labeled as the San Diago core? I've thought that the Venus cores were for the 940 socket. Reply
  • Puddleglum - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - link

    San Diego = Athalon 64
    Venus = Opteron

    Both are single-core, socket 939. Socket 940 uses dual-core opterons.
  • android1st - Sunday, December 25, 2005 - link

    My friend would like me to configure him an Intel box, probably with Celeron processor, tho he didn't give me a price range yet. I'm wondering where I can find a good short guide to the price/performance/upgrade differences between Intel's sockets, as I personally use and follow AMD's architecture, at least a little better than Intel's...
    Thanks in advance for the help!
  • kmmatney - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    "Save your $5 and go with the 2500+ rather than the 2800+ as there is only a 200MHz clock speed difference..."

    When I bought my Sempron at NewEgg, the 2500+ and 2800+ were the same price, so I went for the 2800+, just to get a higher multipler. It overclocked to 2.4 GHz easily - great cpu.
  • Pirks - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    If you were choosing a new CPU for your gaming/C++ dev/DVD ripping home desktop, would you get Opteron 1xx or Athlon 64 for the same price? Please explain your choice. I'm curious about these server CPUs, wonder if they are just pluggable in any 939 mobo and if they provide any different experience from Athlon 64 for stuff like games, some 3D anim packages, C++/C# development and the like Reply
  • ProviaFan - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    The "experience" will be the same, but the socket 939 Opterons tend to overclock better because they are put through a more strenuous QA process (or so I'm told). The other advantage is that "Opteron" looks cooler than "Athlon 64" in your My Computer Properties. ;) Reply
  • ryko - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    you forgot to include the s754 3000+ venice e6 cpus that just magically appeared...">
  • artifex - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    Sure would be nice if we had links at the top to info like processor model drilldowns, so we could see where Toledo and Manchester fit in the scheme of things and if one is on a smaller process, etc. If one seems to perform 75% as well as its more expensive brother at the same speed, but is 1/2 the price, we should be able to tell that, also. Reply
  • snedzad - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    It doesn't make sense. I thought Athlon X2 CPU with Manchester core comes with 2x512 L2 cache. Reply
  • elecrzy - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    It does. The x2 3800+ with the Toledo core has half of its caches disabled. Reply

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