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    Athlon 64 or Pentium 4?

    I am thinking of purchasing a new processor for my computer, i currently have a Athlon XP 2200+ (1.8ghz) I was thinking of either a Athlon 64 3200+ or P4 3.2ghz... I use the pc for gaming, and video encoding from time to time, so what would be the best processor for me? Either way, the motherboard will have to be replaced, so it makes no difference whatever way. I know an Nforce 3 is wise for athlon 64, but if the p4 is better, then what relatively cheap motherboard can u recommend me, with AGP 8, 4 or so usb ports and ethernet onboard if possible
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    Haven't there been some problems with Athlon 64s? Or is it just me going crazy again?

    Also, I don't think AGP 8x makes that much difference.
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    A64 knocks the P4 for six at just about every point, no problems with the A64, but some of the motherboards haven't locked the pci/agp clocks so things can get a bit screwy when/if you start overclocking (but that's probably something that can be fixed with a bios update anyway).

    Oh yes, AGP 8x makes no difference at all, and is soon to be replaced anyway lol

    Not sure about recommended A64 boards at the mo, I'll get back to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoo
    Oh yes, AGP 8x makes no difference at all, and is soon to be replaced anyway lol
    By PCI Express?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_w
    By PCI Express?
    Yup.

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    Oops, I thought I'd typed that lol
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    Athlon64, its cheaper and more powerful!

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    I've always thought that AMD were the best option for value for money, and in recent reviews, the Athlon 64 seems to outperform the P4. But since the Athlon 64 is fairly new, I would have thought the selection of motherboards won't be great right now.
    Last edited by mike_w; 28-01-2004 at 10:36 PM.
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    naa, now is the time that all the boards are starting to appear
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    Athlon 64 and a K8T800 based motherboard would be what you want ! .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Al
    Yup.
    Nope, by PCI-X

    Which is not PCI express afaik.
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    Isn't the new upgraded Nforce3 (250??) out soon as well, then they'll be more mobo's to chose from. BTW deffinatly go for AMD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent
    Nope, by PCI-X

    Which is not PCI express afaik.
    Err - PCI-X is simply a 64bit PCI slot? They've had them on server motherboards for donkeys! PCI-Express is right

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    Ill let David come and correct us as i had this discussion with him not too long after he went to an Intel conference on this very subject
    Im pretty sure i remember him saying PCI express wasnt going to be used.
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    PCI-X is what is currently being used on some server boards. However, they will be implementing PCI-Express soon, this is going to be on the PT890 Chipset, KT890 Chipset, and the Grantsdale chipset....

    PCI-X is dead... PCI-Express is the future....

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    Read last months CPC for full info on PCI-Express...

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    its pci express m8 , atleast thats what the btx specification specifies [edit beaten to it ]

    on topic id say p4 but only cause i aint read up enough on the a64 and i know for def that a p4 platform is rock solid stable and while it may be beaten in some tests by the a64 id rather stick with what i know to be stable and a good performer

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