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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 5:12 am 
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What mobo will you use for this AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail? I will need it for home office and some games.

The price ($150) is great since you can get the 3year warranty and Fan/Heat sink for the CPU. What's the catch to go 939 socket now?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 5:29 am 
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Abit AV8 is looking good look for peanya's review. I'm busy now or I'd point it out to you.

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http://www.motherboards.org/forums/view ... ght=review

Found it.

Going with the current 939 mobo is not a bad choice. You can wait for the NF4 to come out around xmas. It will have SLI video card option and SATA2. Maybe some more changes but I'm not certain what they are.

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There is no catch to going with the socket939 platform right now. The Abit AV8 is great s939 board. The ASUS A8V Deluxe is also a very nice board with the VIA K8T800 Pro chipset and if you want the "wi-fi" feature.

If you want pci-e, then I would personally wait a week or two for the new nVidia nF4 and VIA K8T890 chipset boards. Abit, ASUS, and Gigabyte already have boards. As far as boards with the nVidia nF4 chipset you have the ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe and the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI. The only board I know off that will offer the VIA K8T890 chipset to start off with is the Abit AX8. Here is one with the MSI RS480M2-IL with the ATI Radeon® XPRESS 200 Chipset which I don't know much about.

I copied this from a post I made in a similar topic here at motherboards.org. Pros and cons to the different Athlon64 platforms.

Socket754

1. Less expensive than s939 platform, but with less options to upgrade the cpu. The fastest s754 proc offered is the .130nm Newcastle cored A64 3700+ @ 2.4ghz. The Sempron 3100+ procs are available on s754 platform with future Sempron models becoming available. Semprons are replacing the Duron and older AthlonXP procs, eventually will replace all the AthlonXP procs.

2. Single channel memory.

3. Wider selection of mother boards to choose from.

4. Wider selection of hs/f for s754 processor.

Socket939

1. More expensive than s754 platform to the consumer, but it is AMD's flagship platform for their Athlon64 and AthlonFX procs. Cheapest s939 proc is the .90nm Winchester Cored 3000+ for around $200. Edit: I just checked pricewatch and found some 3000+ OEM for around $140. That is cheap for a s939 proc if the deals are legit.
2. That being said, more headroom for upgrade ability with not only the cpu, but future up and coming tech such as PCIe and DDR2 as those boards become available in the near future.

3. Dual channel memory. In addition, unlike s940, memory does not have to be registered or ecc.

4. Fewer selection of boards currently, but more becoming available. PCIe is just around the corner, December 2004 on the nF4 Ultra boards. Here are a couple of articles for you on the two main chipsets that will support pci-e the VIA K8T890 and the nF4 Ultra by nVidia.

http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle. ... 3&cid=3%20

http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=NjY4

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2273&p=1

http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle. ... =593&cid=3

5. A .90nm s939 Winchester Cored A64 3000+ or 3200+ is around 2% to 5% faster than there s754 .130nm Newcastle cored cousins on average. Winchester cores are prooving to be a little better over clocker than the Newcastle.
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/sh ... spx?i=2242

Hope the info helped.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 7:18 am 
you might have trouble getting the 90nm to work. A bios update is required and i know that monarch will flash it for you if u order a mobo+cpu combo. But i refrain from getting it from monarch because i heard ppl not being able to boot their setup for some reason(their bios was updated btw). I think all mobos are still buggy so i would wait till a new line of mobos are out like the nf4


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