2500xp Barton? or 2600xp Thoroughbred core?

  shortcircuit 19:32 26 Nov 2003

I have used a Barton 2500xp in a few builds and think they are totally awesome( clocked many to 2.407Ghz with no probs what so ever), but a friend wants me to build him a pc with a 2600xp!!

I have never used a 2600xp but have used a 2400xp and I know that a 2500xp will blow a 2400xp to bits!!

What are the 2600xp like compared to the 2500xp barton?

Thanks all.

  Rayuk 19:43 26 Nov 2003

The only reason not to get the 2500+ over the 2600+ now is that the ones coming out now appear to be locked so no overclocking via multiplier.

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  shortcircuit 19:48 26 Nov 2003

Hm. Bad news. I hope this one is still unlocked from Ebuyer. The one I had last months was unlocked!

  dfghjkl 19:55 26 Nov 2003

according to this months computer buyer (december)the 2500 is faster than the 2600,dont know about clocking though. i have got a 2500 and i read in interest about getting it to 2.407 how is the best way of doing it?in bios or with other software,fuzzy logic for example?

  shortcircuit 21:14 26 Nov 2003

Hi dfghjkl

Its easy to get a 2500xp to 2.4Ghz. I am using a Asus A7V8X mobo with 2700DDR crucial ram.In your bios, set the multiplier to 14.5 and your FSB to 166MHz default and save and go! I have not had one struggle with this setting and they fly! I use an Akasa 824 cu fan from Dabs to keep things cool. They run at 47c under load with no instability.


  shortcircuit 21:19 26 Nov 2003

Just one word tho. You do run a small risk of shortening the chips life by overclocking. You could even frazzle it within a second of rebooting if your very unlucky, although I have never seen it happen or experienced it.The choice is yours. I recon its worth at leaset going to 13.5x 166Mhz=2.24GHz. That is if you can move the multiplier!

  dfghjkl 22:46 26 Nov 2003

i am using a msi kt4al with 2700ddr all a week old,pc running perfect,i am bored already

what happen's if it is locked? how can you tell if it is or isnt?

  shortcircuit 22:55 26 Nov 2003

Know the feeling.
As RAYUK said above, it looks as some 2500xp chips have the multiplier locked ,so you can only alter the FSB. This is a little more limiting, but you can still get a healthy return by upping the FSB. Just read up about it all first before you touch anything. And remember...don't come crying if it all goes wrong!

That said. I can see no reason why you could not turn your FSB up to 180Mhz. That would give you just short of 2.0GHz.

  shortcircuit 23:04 26 Nov 2003

You can only tell if it is locked when you recieve it unless your supplier tells you he has had a batch of 2500xp which are unlocked.If it is locked..the only option in your BIOS on CPU control is FSB speed and Voltage. The option to alter your multiplier will be not high-lighted. You can unlock it yourself tho. I had an unlocking kit from USA for $22 delivered. It had everything required to unlock AMD processors. I used it to unlock 1800xp's. It was great fun.. but I did loose a few in the beginning, and at £65 per chip(then prices) it was an expensive hobby! When you had some practice..it became a lot easier. Have a search on google. I'm sure you can still get them.

  shortcircuit 23:28 26 Nov 2003

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For a simple guide to unlocking your xp processor.

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