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AM2 or Conroe?

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Grrrr im building a new rig and am wandering should i go for AMD's new AM2 chip or conroe?? What do you guys think? :confused:
I will be planning to build the fig near the beginning of june will conroe be out by then?
 
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ashmanq said:
Grrrr im building a new rig and am wandering should i go for AMD's new AM2 chip or conroe?? What do you guys think? :confused:
I will be planning to build the fig near the beginning of june will conroe be out by then?

It wont be out by then - but I think its worth the wait till conroe is out anyway before upgrading.
 
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ashmanq said:
Grrrr im building a new rig and am wandering should i go for AMD's new AM2 chip or conroe?? What do you guys think? :confused:
I will be planning to build the fig near the beginning of june will conroe be out by then?

I think the latest is that conroe will be out july sometime so I think its worth the extra months wait as it looks impressive.
 
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Assuming you are not in a great hurry to get it built then the sensible option is to wait for the launch and availability of Conroe, even though no one has yet tested a retail chip, you can see from all the compared ES tests that the Conroe has a strong lead over current generation Athlons.

It comes down to price vs. performance really though, if intel release a Conroe chip at £149+ VAT and it is 15-20% faster overall than an AM2 X2 3800+ at £160 +VAT then the clear choice will be the Intel.

I have no loyalty to any CPU manufacturer but Conroe wil surely make many people think twice before just going ahead and buying an AMD X2 etc.

I think you have to ask yourself only this, Can I wait?
 
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AM2 offers no performance benefit over 939, so I wouldn't bother with it.

Conroe is definitely worth the wait, even if just to properly evaluate.
 
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A2Z said:
ive just found out about K8L....surely this will beat conroe? but soo far away...
K8L isn't due out until the first half of 2007, so yeah quite a while to go yet...
don't think theres much news to go on about it yet though? :confused:

its a long way off, but wouldn't it be worth waiting for DX10/Vista near the end of the year?

seems silly to pay £300+ for a top of the range graphics card when DX10 is just around the corner.
 
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nikebee said:
seems silly to pay £300+ for a top of the range graphics card when DX10 is just around the corner.

so you're saying i should keep my 6800GT AGP card till DX10 cards released? but there're no AGP motherboards for conroe :(
 
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wesley said:
so you're saying i should keep my 6800GT AGP card till DX10 cards released? but there're no AGP motherboards for conroe :(

Nah, you'll have to go for a MoBo upgrade, but going PCI-E doesn't have to be that painful :) Besides the advantages of DX10 will not be truly overpowering until later in the game (unless of course you absolutely want to be an early adopter for Vista and can't live without playing Crysis).

Personally I'd not be that phased from making an initial outlay now with going PCI-E, as you won't have to upgrade again for about another 6-10 months (give or take).
 
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Word is that Conroe is due in July so although AM2 will be out first, Conroe won't be far behind it. Although that link Shelly has posted has a good debate about AMD's "Reverse Hyperthreading" (I know it's a poor term but it's so that people know what I mean) with input with Comp. engineers who know what they're on about.
 
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Dunky said:
Word is that Conroe is due in July so although AM2 will be out first, Conroe won't be far behind it. Although that link Shelly has posted has a good debate about AMD's "Reverse Hyperthreading" (I know it's a poor term but it's so that people know what I mean) with input with Comp. engineers who know what they're on about.
See this thread about Hyperthreading v2.0: http://forums.overclockers.co.uk/showthread.php?t=17564353
 
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I'm seriously thinking going back to Intel for the Conroe chip...been with AMD for nearly five years now, but the performance diference between the AM2 and Conroe from the previews looks so good! :D

Mind you the next AMD CPU well more than likely be better. Intel have be struggling since the move to DDR2, but now seem to have fought their way out of it.

Lets just hope they don't price it higher because they are so much better! :(
 
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A_Darkfire said:
I'm seriously thinking going back to Intel for the Conroe chip...been with AMD for nearly five years now, but the performance diference between the AM2 and Conroe from the previews looks so good! :D

Mind you the next AMD CPU well more than likely be better. Intel have be struggling since the move to DDR2, but now seem to have fought their way out of it.

Lets just hope they don't price it higher because they are so much better! :(
Pricing has already been leaked/announced (can't remember which) and it was pretty much inline with existing Pentium D pricing. Remember Intel has marketshare to claim back and it isn't going to do that if it prices the new chips in the same way that AMD did when they launched the X2. Conroe chips are much cheaper to manufacturer than NetBurst chips (less transistors to go wrong, higher yields) so they'll be making a killing in profits anyway. Not that Intel cares about profits at the moment... they just want to get back their marketshare to impress investors and shareholders which have been a bit depressed of recent years.
 
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Go for Conroe without a doubt, it has such an advantage over any on the current AMD chips. AM2 does not bring any performance difference to the current AMD chips, it's the same chips just on different socket.
 
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