AMD Upgrade XP2500 to XP3200

  nick35 09:16 10 Jul 2004

I currently have a AMD XP2500 Barton core processor and am thinking of upgrading to a AMD XP3200 Barton core one.

My question is, is it worth doing, what speed will I gain.



  Bowsprit 09:45 10 Jul 2004

Speed changes from 1.8 to 2.2 MHz.I didn't notice that great a difference.Maybe if you overclocked it slightly ?

  Bowsprit 10:26 10 Jul 2004

Sorry my memory going.I upgraded frpm XP 2600 Thoroughbred running at 2.08MHz so that's why i didn't notice too much difference.If you really want to take off buy this click here What a price !

  Indigo 1 10:30 10 Jul 2004

I would be very interested to hear if you get any noticeable speed increase at all over the 2500 Barton.

How much RAM do you have ?

More/ better RAM will give the most noticeable speed increase.

  dth 10:47 10 Jul 2004

I would be inclined not to bother -as the speed increase wouldn't be that great. Plus with the gradual move to 64 bit systems a XP3200 system is likely to become out of date that much quicker.

  Indigo 1 11:51 10 Jul 2004

64 bit systems are still a long way from being commonplace mainly because there is hardly any software available yet, your 2500 Barton will continue to be very fast and will not go out of date for a few years yet.

At the risk of repeating myself, you will notice a better speed increase with extra RAM and you should buy the best you can afford. 512Mb of DDR400 is OK but 1024Mb will give a noticeable improvement overall.

  nick35 11:54 10 Jul 2004

I have 512 ram - Corsair xms 3200

  Mister Splendid©® 12:03 10 Jul 2004

What others are missing is that the Athlon xp 3200+ is now cheap, less than £99 at:- click here
I see you already have the correct ram, pc 3200, so as long as your motherboard can support it the xp 3200+ would be a cheap upgrade.

  Mister Splendid©® 12:04 10 Jul 2004

BTW as you already have 512MBs of ram upgrading to 1024MBs would make little difference.

  bremner 12:13 10 Jul 2004

Depending on what you use the machine for doubling the RAM may make a very noticeable difference.

For example 'Video editing' - being that is very memory thirsty.

  nick35 13:33 10 Jul 2004


Another idea - is it possible to overclock the 2500. If so, how do you go about doing it?

I have an Asus A7N8X Deluxe motherboard (latest BIOS version).


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