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Old 07-15-2006, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the difference between socket AM2 and 939? Which is better? Which of these processors should I get?

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Socket 939

AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Socket AM2

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Old 07-15-2006, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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AM2:Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Socket 939:Virtualization Technology Support No

thats the first visible difference I see but im going to go learn more about it right now brb :P

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AM2: DDR2 support
AM2: various electrical differences
AM2: if you use this socket type, you can upgrade to opteron later

info on AM2:
performance results:

from the preformance results, you can see that there was either a large or almost invisible FPS increase in some games/software when using the AM2.. so for the extra like 5 bucks.. or depending on how much you want to upgrade/the jump in money for the Mobo and DDR2 ram. just make sure your processor is a AM2 socket and you have ddr2 ram if you're upgrading.

post your mobo/ram specs if you can get your hands on them

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Old 07-15-2006, 02:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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939s are being phased out. 939s use DDR RAM.

AM2 is the new direction for AMD, and they use DDR2 instead of DDR.

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Old 07-15-2006, 02:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've heard that AMD are going to keep 939 in the lineup for a nice while in the future, for future budget processors.
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Old 07-15-2006, 03:32 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^nope, check anand tech and dailytech you can find end of life charts for 939 a 754.

Also, AM2 is foreward compatible with AM3 (whenever that happens).
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Old 07-15-2006, 06:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was going to order a computer with the
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Socket AM2 processor and this motherboard

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