Processor help needed

  benjy911 08:56 11 Feb 2007

I have a Athlon 64 3000+ S939 512kb FSB1000 Venice and i'm thinking of upgrading, what does the venice bit mean? Also what others can I upgrade to?

  bennyhillslovechild 09:07 11 Feb 2007

The 'venice' bit is part of the codename for that particular chip model. They have different names, such as 'Barton Core' etc etc. For upgrading purposes, the important bit is the "s939" - this is the socket shape on the motherboard. You will need another Athlon CPU with this socket configuration if you are keeping the motherboard, PROVIDING the motherboard itself is capable of taking a faster CPU (you'll need to read the motherboard documentation)

One of the better CPUs is a AMD64 4200 Dual Core that runs on a s939, which is available for about £80 from various online retailers, but you will really need to check your motherboard specs first.

  bennyhillslovechild 09:10 11 Feb 2007

Also that socket should take most AMD Athlon64, the Athlon64FX, and the Athlon64X2 - again, providing your motherboard is compatible.

  benjy911 10:22 11 Feb 2007

my mother board is a CK804K8MA-KS SKT939 NFORCE 4 PCI-Ex16 5.1mA. It came in a bundle with my pc and I can't find anything about it.

  bennyhillslovechild 10:27 11 Feb 2007

That's a motherboard by Foxconn, who tend to make pretty good stuff. Specifications for it are on their website, (you can also download the maual for it for there) click here

  bennyhillslovechild 10:29 11 Feb 2007

Actually according to the manual, it should support any of the Athlon64 or 64FX chips. Hope that helps you choose.

  benjy911 10:29 11 Feb 2007

thank you, also my processor at the moment has a 512kb cache. If i upgrade to 1mb will it still work?

  bennyhillslovechild 10:33 11 Feb 2007

Yes, it should do, the cache is built onto the CPU itself, and not motherboard dependant. That s939 maybe a slightly outdated socket now, but you should be able to get a good CPU for that motherboard, and most Foxconn motherboards are quite handy for overclocking too.

  benjy911 10:40 11 Feb 2007

I was think of this one
click here

Do you know any others that would work over 2.4ghz for less than £100

  bennyhillslovechild 10:47 11 Feb 2007

To be honest, that's not a bad price for that chip, I've seen lesser ones more expensive. And it's an good overclocker. Combined with your motherboard, you should be able to turn that into quite a powerhouse. (make sure you read up on overclocking before attempting to do so!!! you'll need a good Heatsink/fan if you do.)

I would say that's about the best chip for your money, usless you check with foxconn that your board will support the 64x2 in which case click here-(Socket-939)
Effectively 2 cpus on the one die. Useful for multithreaded tasks etc. And a reasonable price.

  bennyhillslovechild 10:49 11 Feb 2007

hmmm - that links not working, you'll have to select AMD processors from the menu on the left, and then pick the socket 939 dual core option, comes in just under the ton.

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