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Old 27th July, 2005, 08:55 PM
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AMD Athlon MP

hey guys I had a question, I was reviewing some benchmarks and it still seems the dual core system of an AMD Athlon MP 2800+ is still competitive with today's cpu market/ and is pretty cheap too. I just want youre opinion on this processor concerning performance in server application/stability, gaming?/ and for standard use. Are there any motherboards that support this cpu anymore? supporting recent features such as AGP 8x?
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Old 27th July, 2005, 11:08 PM
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The evolution of the Athlon MP has pretty much stalled at the 2800+ about 3 years ago, AFAIK. Since the MP was designed as a server-side solution, and server-side stuff is all Opteron, I rather doubt that you are going to find anything that is relatively modern (although to be fair, I haven't really looked).

At this point, unless you are getting a heck of a deal, I'd go with a dual-core A64 of some kind as opposed to a pair of AMP chips.
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It's my understanding that an MP "should" work on an XP board. I've tried to get it to run on one of mine (to no avail)

I'll find the chip and try it again as to now I have another board to "try" it on.
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Old 28th July, 2005, 03:14 PM
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HeLLa!

Yes a dual MP system is still quite good...but the question is what r u going to run on this system!? The advantage of the 2 CPUs is only sensible on SMP optimized applications. Just for gaming a single 754/939 A64 is much more better choice.

The dual MP mobos (like MSI K7D-Master) are still more expensive than the 754/939 mainboards and only supports DDR266 Registered mem moduls


Interesting Crystalmark scores from another forum:

MSI K8N Diamond + A64 X2 4400+
ALU 16466
FPU 17596
MEM 11220

MSI K7D-Master-L + 2x Athlon MP 2400+@2GHz
ALU 12202
FPU 15692
MEM 3169

...not bad...I think
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Old 28th July, 2005, 03:19 PM
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The figure in those benchmarks that really stands out is the memory bandwidth. Really that is where the XP/MP gets its back side handed to it by the Athlon 64. Because of that, it will be bottlenecked backly in gaming, and will drag down any 6600 or better 3D card. As stated, they are server CPUs, not gaming chips.
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