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Sour18 02-08-2005 10:16 PM

Building New SLI System, CPU:3200 or 3500?
Hello people,
Well I am going to build a new system in a few months and am doing some research. I plan on building and SLI system w\2 6600 GT's, with and ASUS A8N-Deluxe PCI-E board.This time I am going w\an AMD Athlon 64.

My dilemma is if I should use an Athlon 64 3200 90nm 939, which only has a 64bit memory controller or if I should spend the extra $67.00 and get an Athlon 64 3500 with a 128bit mem controller. I know the real benefit of the 939 over 754 is 128bit memory controller support(and SLI).

I guess my real question is: Because I plan on building an SLI system, should I bother with the better CPU? I mean I bet I could use a slow CPU and still have kickass Frame rates. What does everyone think?

OK, I just found these specs, but they don't seem correct.
Clock Frequency 2000MHz
System Bus 2000
Operating Mode 32/64
Voltage 1.40V
Max Temp 70'C
Thermal Power 89W
L1 Cache 128KB
L2 Cache 512KB
CMOS Technology 90nm SOI
Memory Controller 128-bit----------------so does it have this or what???

PC Bliss 02-09-2005 05:23 AM

THE 939 3200+ is the same as the 939 3500+. The 3500+ is just clocked higher

[email protected] 02-09-2005 10:13 AM

doesnt the 3200 also overclock better as welll?

PC Bliss 02-09-2005 12:43 PM

well it depends what you mean by "better". I think they will both hit about the same overall frequency, but the 3200+ would have a higher % overclock since its clocked slower to begin with.

PorkchopExpress 02-09-2005 01:10 PM

All of the newer chips have been clocking around the same. I bought a 3500+ because it had the newer week (in the local store), and gave me the option of an 11 mulitplier.

Most peeps have been getting the same results (2.6+) with 3000+s.

So if the added multiplier is worth $67, go for it. You'll be spending a lot of money by going SLI anyways, so who cares...

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