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Windows 7: AMD 939 Replacement Processor

14 Feb 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
AMD 939 Replacement Processor

Back when I bought my x2 4400+, I chose it because it has a 1GB L2 cache vs the 512MB cache on the 4600+ processor, even though it is only 2.2HHz, instead of 2.4 MHz of the 4600+. I now need to buy another processor, but I'm questioning whether I made the right decision last time? The 4600+ processors are going for about $50 more than the 4400+ units...are they worth the extra? Bottomline is which effects performance more, cache size or frequency?


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14 Feb 2010   #2
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Probably cache, if you talking about only a few more .1 herts.
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14 Feb 2010   #3
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

yes get the bigger cache you can always overclock to get more MHz but you can't get more cache lol...
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14 Feb 2010   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I've never gotten into overclocking, so any comparison would be based on stock figures, but I tend to agree about the value of the cache. When stepping up in the past, I never noticed much difference between two processors, even with a bigger change in frequency than this. I suppose that it would make a difference, depending on the type of apps run, but I don't think that my apps have suffered from too low of a frequency. Still, I'm trying to keep an open mind.
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14 Feb 2010   #5
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I think in honesty I would get away from the socket 939 it's old get a AM2 or AM2+ board you can get a basic board & CPU bundle pretty cheap
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14 Feb 2010   #6
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

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14 Feb 2010   #7
dj99

Windows Vista Home Premium -> Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
I think in honesty I would get away from the socket 939 it's old get a AM2 or AM2+ board you can get a basic board & CPU bundle pretty cheap
I completely agree. A while back, I was selling some old socket 939s and was very surprised to have them sell on ebay for way more than the cost of a newer and faster processor bundle. Yes, it takes a bit more work, but it's very worth it if you want more speed out of your rig.
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14 Feb 2010   #8
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
I think in honesty I would get away from the socket 939 it's old get a AM2 or AM2+ board you can get a basic board & CPU bundle pretty cheap
I agree. in fact I would guess you could change platforms cheaper than youll find a 939 socket.
And the new AM2/3s are faster clock for clock as well.

As far as the original question, I agree cache size over speed if your talking something close. within a couple hundred mhz.

but if moving from something like 2.2 --> 2.8 that much extra speed will trump the cache size.
none-the-less .. IMHO, larger cache size is better overall.
My 2cents for what its worth.
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14 Feb 2010   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by computersplus View Post
I have thought about leaving 939 behind, but generally it is more expense that I'm ready to deal with. The price is right for the bundle in your link, but I have never owned a Biostar motherboard before, and when I have bought MBs in that price range, I always had problems with them...even with Asus. Besides that, it is a mini, which is short on RAM and PCI slots. Plus I would have to add the price of new RAM. Somehow, I don't feel that the benefits would out weight the limitations.
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14 Feb 2010   #10
computersplus

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

if you need socket 939 CPU's IM me I have several system pulls
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