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AMD: Not dead yet.
« on: Jan 10, 2009, 10:41 AM »
Here's some links to reviews to the Phenom II x4. While this is not a Core i7 killer, it is some good news for AMD. I for one would hate to see an end to AMD if for no other reason that we need some good competition in the market. I just may go with one later this spring.

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 18, 2009, 09:47 AM »
Since I'm not cutting edge but may want to upgrade my 3800+ Athlon single core, anyone know of a reference of what other processors might fit my Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe mobo and be a worthwhile upgrade (meaning, cheap with bang for buck)?  I shopped Tiger and didn't have the mother board listed. I'll try Asus but would welcome advice and insight beyond just a "these will install" list.

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 18, 2009, 09:58 AM »
I have that board, but I'm not sure we share the same version. I'm using an Athlon 64 x2 6000+, the 125 watt version. I saw that they have came out with a 89 watt version now. The price is reasonable at 76$ from newegg.

I would think that would give a noticeable improvement, but you may want to check the CPU compatibility list from Asus to be sure your BIOS version is up to the CPU requirements. 
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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #3 on: Jan 18, 2009, 10:21 AM »
Thanks, Pat.  Found the Asus list with the BIOS reference.  I was thinking a dual core but they're labled as triple and quad after the single core list (?) so will shop through.  Only thing I can think to do that might give me an upgrade, over the original configuration, and not cost much or do harm. 

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 18, 2009, 11:10 AM »
I went from an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (2.0GHz Windsor) to Athlon X2 5400+ (2.8GHz Brisbane) and noticed a performance increase, especially in certain games.  I think that since you're currently running a single core, then you should notice a huge increase.

The 5400+ is fairly low power at 65W (there are also 45W low energy models too such as the 4850e), whereas the Phenom is pretty high power.

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #5 on: Jan 18, 2009, 12:43 PM »
The 5400+ Brisbane that Chandler suggested looks like an excellent upgrade for your setup. Newegg has it available in two versions:

5400+ Brisbane - Retail $62.99

5400+ Brisbane Black Edition - Retail $69.00

The Black Edition looks like the best bet, since it comes in a black box instead of a black/teal box. Also, the Black Edition doesn't include a pesky heatsink/fan. Otherwise, they are identical. See this comparison.

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #6 on: Jan 18, 2009, 03:54 PM »
Found the Asus list with the BIOS reference.  I was thinking a dual core but they're labled as triple and quad after the single core list (?) so will shop through. 

Is this the list from Asus? CPU Support list

I see many choices there before the newer 3 core and quad core chips.

Anyway, here is a link to the M2N I have for comparison sake.
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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #7 on: Jan 18, 2009, 06:28 PM »
Thanks Chandler Skeezix and Pat.  Sounds like a plan.  That is the list, Pat; I don't recognize these by "name" and it only gives a link to BIOS (not to the CPU itself, for specs) so that's what I meant by a list of some then triple then quad.  I guess some of the long list are duo, but I don't know them to know that (without going elsewhere to figure it out).  So glad to have a specific model mentioned, to check out... Also don't want to deal with any extra plug in weirdness, as far as an install that differs much from just slapping one in.

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Re: AMD: Not dead yet.
« Reply #8 on: Jan 18, 2009, 06:31 PM »
You may still have to update your BIOS.

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