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Old 06-24-2006, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, I want to get one of the following processors and I was wondering how much of a performance difference stepping makes..

theyre both AMD 64 3500+ 2200GHz operating speed (I plan to over clock)

Heres an image comparing them:
http://www.amdcompare.com/us-en/desk...=ADA3500DKA4CG


The difference is about 10 bux, so I was wondering is one any better than the other?


Also, this is part of a newer system that Im building and i am under budget constraints. Is it better to wait for a X2 processor under 125 when the prices drop? Will they even get that low? And if so would the X2 (probably with a lower clock) at that price be any better than the processors I asked about above?

(I wont upgrade to AM2 for a few years, Im hoping to get 3 or 4 years out of this upgrade:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131004

Video Card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131004

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Old 06-24-2006, 06:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think the E3 stepping is a Venice core, and the E4 is a Manchester core, though I may be wrong.

Typically, the Venice is better for overclocking.
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