AthlonXP 2600+ 333fsb vs. AthlonXP 2500+ Barton

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Digerati, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    I'm looking to make an upgrade on my processor and I've narrowed it down to the AthlonXP 2600+ 333fsb or AthlonXP 2500+ Barton. Either chip fits into the price range I'm willing to spend.

    Anyhow, which one is the better chip in real world performance?

    Both have 333fsb and the Barton has more L2 cache but the 2600+ has the higher clock speed (2.08mhz vs. 1.83mhz).

    The Barton is actually cheaper too, makes me wonder.

    I don't plan on overclocking, and I use my computer to do regular work as well as play some games (mostly EAsports type games and the latest C&C).

    Which chip will give me the best noticeable performance?

    Is more cache better than higher clock speed?

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  2. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    in terms of raw performance... the 2600+ is better... per performance rating :)

    the only cpu I have seen that does not really match the performance number is the t'bred B 2800+ and barton 3000+ since the 2800+ is the fastest cpu (clock speed wise) amd makes... it does outperform the 3000+ in some areas...

    the 2500+ does have more cache but in terms of performance I recommend the 2600+ :)

    but the barton also is nice tech :) (more l2 cache)
     
  3. silky62678

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    How would the xp 2400 par with the 2500. Since the 2400 have a higher click speed also?
     
  4. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    2400+ is a 133mhz fsb clock cpu v.s a 166mhz fsb clock for anything highe.r..

    I would recommend getting something with higher fsb...
     
  5. Digerati

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    thanks for the info.

    so the higher clock speed of the 2600+ 333fsb brings more actual performance to the table than the slower 2500+ barton with twice the L2?

    Guess that explains its lower price.

    Still, with all the hype around Barton, deserved or not, it's hard to pass on it knowing it has that extra cache.

    But I guess if it performs slower, that is all that should matter.
     
  6. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    bartons are good :)

    your question compares the 2500+ and the 2600+ and I recommend the 2600+ because it is a good cpu.. better than teh 2500+

    however the bartons are by no means a bad processor :)

    they are basically the same processor with more l2 cache to improve performance...

    follow the performance rating numbers to have an idea of performance of the cpu's :)
     
  7. Taurus

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    :cool: <--- typo hunter

    anyway, i would probably go for the 2500+ as it's lower clock also means lower heat. i believe it has a larger die as well, so it oughta run quite a bit cooler.

    plus with it being at the low end of it's barton architecture, along with it's low heat output, it could be a nice overclocker. :blink:
     
  8. Digerati

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    thanks

    just thought about that

    the 2500+ barton is $25 less, and from what i've read, people have been able to overclock it to 3000+ levels.

    I'd be happy to just get it to 2600+ level without going crazy with cooling.

    Of course, in all honesty, i doubt i'd really need or notice the improvement over the 2500+ barton or 2600+ nonbarton. :)
     
  9. Taurus

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    well, yeah... definitely not.

    it's all about the numbers, though!! :p
     
  10. I recommend the BARTON 2500+ , since im using that very processor, the extra L2 cahce really makes a difference, especially since Running multi programs will benefit from this.

    I had a 2100+ before which wasnt so good for running multiple aps at one time, The more Cache the better.

    Go for the 2500+