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Old 02-12-2006, 07:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy X2 3800 Or Opteron 165 Or x2 4400 ??? Need Help

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I need help deciding between these duel core processors.

I know the x2 3800 has 128 + 128kb L1 cache but only 2x 512 L2 cache.

Whereas the opteron 165 has 64 + 64kb L1 cache but 2x1mb L2 cache

But also the x2 4400 has 128 + 128kb L1 cache and 2x1mb L2 cache.


I'm looking for the best bang for buck duel core processor. I've pritty much narrowed it down to these but i can't decide because i don't know how much the extra cache effects performence. So shall i go for the opteron 165 with less L1 cache but more L2 cache and more OC potentional. Or the x2 3800 with more L1 cache and less L2 cache and less OC potentional. Or x2 4400 with lots of L1 cache and lots of L2 cache. So all i really need is sommin to tell me the differences between the higher cache.
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can find the Opteron for a cheap price, go for that, and overclock it loads. It will easily hit 2.6ghz on air, which is the same as the 4800.
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Well i've found the X2 3800 and the Opteron 165 for the same price. And found that the X2 4400 is £276 which is not really worth it so now its between the X2 3800 and the Opteron 165. Think probs the X2 3800 due to more L1 cache. But i need help ?
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Old 02-12-2006, 08:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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id go with the opty.since ur name is "extreme overclocking" you will enjoy the opty more, i probably should have gone with that
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Lol true but the X2 3800 has 2 ghz stock speed and double the amount of L1 cache but 1/2 L2 cache. I like OC but i'd rather have a faster PC without OC much. I'm still not sure. Searching the web for reviews.
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Found out that all Athlon processors have 64kb cache (in the case of duel core 64 x2) and that the thing advertsing the X2 3800 having 128kb x2 L1 cache is just poor advertising. So the opteron 165 is better because of better OC, more L2 cache and better stock cooling (not that i'm gonna use it ). So to all those out there which can't decide go with the opteron 165 if the price difference isn't too much!
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