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Old 02-24-2005, 06:25 AM   #11 (permalink)
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is themal paste a requitment or no?

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Old 02-24-2005, 06:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
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That shows that even with the same clock speed the 90nm peform better. That same site in another article had the 130nm peform better than the 90nm.

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Old 02-24-2005, 07:29 AM   #13 (permalink)
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thermal paste is not required with stock cooling, but if you buy a new heatsink, than they will come with/need to get themal paste.

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Old 02-24-2005, 02:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
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People seem to be confused here...

The 3000+ multi is locked upwards at 9X. (that means you cannot go HIGHER than 9X on multi...but you can go lower.)

The 3500+ is locked upwards at 11X (again...you can't go past 11X...but you can go LOWER)

So, The 3000+ requires a HUGE RAM overclock compared to the 3500+ to get the same overclock.

9*290 = 2610
11*237 = 2607

That's a whopping 53MHz difference in RAM overclocking. So if you plan on hitting 2.6GHz with your 3000+ plan on buying some expensive overclocking RAM, or running a pretty big ratio (i dunno 5:4 or something.

With a 3500+ you can get a relatively cheap pair of CH-5's (say ~$120 kit) and hit 2.6GHz easily) OR if you have a $300 kit of RAM already that will do 310MHz then turn the multi down and run a better HTT to hit 2.6GHz...the point is if you dont have RAM capable of doing 290MHz+ then you will not hit 2.6GHz on a 3000+ running 1:1.

I choose the 3200+, its upwards locked at 10...a nice and even #. I only need average performing RAM to hit 2.6GHz (10*260) and i like that. Running ratios like 5:4 is not what i like, it cuts yourt bandwidth if you have to lower your HTT alot.

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