July 8th, 2004, 10:57 AM #1
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AMD processors...advice on upgrades please.
I currently have an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ processor (Thourobred-B), my motherboard is a Gigabyte 7DX-R which can only support up to a AMD AthlonXP 2600+(.13u) 266 FSB...my question is, if I decided to upgrade, would my mobo be able to handle a AMD Athlon 2600+ mobile cpu rather than the regular 2600+ cpu? And also, would it just be worth my while to upgrade my mobo so that I will be able to support the latest versions of AMD Athlon cpu's? I currently also have 512 DDR PC 3200 Ram, hopefully I can get some advice, thanks!
July 8th, 2004, 11:12 AM #2
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an important question is "what do you use the computer for?"
gaming, business apps, video editing, cd burning, surfing?
anyway, some of that will make a difference....
also maybe a q would be "where do you think the computer is lacking now--where does it need improvement?""Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"
July 8th, 2004, 11:12 AM #3
If you want to stay in the 32 bit range, you can get a MOBO fairly cheap. Why would you want to exchange for a mobile cpu? Upgrade to a 2500 Barton and you can overclock pretty easy.
July 8th, 2004, 12:33 PM #4
The mobile Bartons handle overclocking quite well, but your mobo may be the bottleneck, as (I'm pretty sure) it's an AMD 761 chipset. Supposedly, you can reach fsb speeds of 250mHz, so you do have some OC head room. The chief advantage is the mobile Bartons XP-M2500 and XP-M2600 for example, run at 1.45vCore so they will run significantly cooler at a given speed setting, since you will need less "juice" to get them to that speed. Unless you overclock, I don't think you'd see much, if any, real world performance difference between the CPU you have and a 2600 mobile.
Here's a pretty good review of your mobo, page 3 talks about OCing abilities:
Last edited by jmichna; July 8th, 2004 at 12:38 PM."The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; It's just that they know so much that isn't so." -- Ronald Reagan
July 8th, 2004, 12:43 PM #5
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if you are running an amd 761 then you could defintely plan a board upgrade..cuz that chipset is like 4 or 5 generations back....nothing wrong with it, but you would want to plan your upgrade around a newer board"Even a fool is thought to be wise if he is silent"
July 8th, 2004, 03:49 PM #6
i recommend that u upgrade ur motherboard because u will notice basically no real world preformance between ur 2400+ and a mobile 2600+. (i know this since i have my 2500+ overclocked to 3200+ and hardely notice a difference during regular usage). anyway, getting a new mobo will allow u to oveclock ur 2400+ and give u a better and faster chipset. also giving u more head room for upgrading in the future.
July 8th, 2004, 04:22 PM #7
Note too, if you get a 400 mhz FSB capable board, AMD will soon be releasing K8-cored Athlon's for Socket A with the 64 bit chunks chopped out, so there will be an upgrade path.
July 8th, 2004, 04:30 PM #8Originally Posted by optinox
I run a 2500 Athlon XP @ 11X200= Athlon XP 3200
I also run a MSI K7N2 Delta L nForce2 chipset (I would recommend a nForce2 chipset) 400 edition motherboard and 512 of DDR400(pc3200) in dual channel (supported by this MB)
Last edited by sweeper2; July 8th, 2004 at 04:35 PM.
July 8th, 2004, 04:32 PM #9Originally Posted by samwichse
Will those be pin-compatible with Socket A mobos? Any idea when? Do you have any links?
jmichna"The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; It's just that they know so much that isn't so." -- Ronald Reagan
July 9th, 2004, 08:32 PM #10
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