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Help required for interpreting benchmarks

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  1. Topazz

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    During my research on AMD CPUs for my next computer I came across this page of benchmark figures. Unfortunately, although it is obvious that the A64 3400+ processor is faster than the A64 3000+ processor, the numbers mean nothing to me so I am not sure just how much faster it is.

    For a task such as video encoding using either the Athlon 64 3000+, 3200+ or 3400+ processor would the difference be something like 10 to 30 seconds or five to 10 minutes??

    What about normal everyday tasks? When would the difference in speed actually be noticeable and by how much?

    Would a kind person be able to translate and put these figures into perspective for me please?
     
  2. Arcadion

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    For tasks like that the decrease in time taken is going to be similar to the increase in CPU speed, in other words, a 3400+ CPU will be about 10% quicker than a 3000+ one. So an encoding that takes 10 minutes on a 3000+ may take 8-9 minutes on a 3400+.
     
  3. Topazz

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    Thanks for that.

    There is approx $NZ70 difference in price between a 3000+ CPU and 3200+ CPU and approx $NZ130 between the 3000+ and 3400+ CPUs. I guess I will just have to decide whether the extra cost is worth paying for a ten percent increase in speed.
     
  4. Arcadion

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    I would get the 3000+ and spend the extra money on another 512MB of RAM.
     
  5. professorxox

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    Ya, topazz, save the money, get the 3000+ then when you're ready you can always overclock it.
     
  6. obvious

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    I'll back you up on that xox!

    just remember to get a diferent cooler to the one supplied with the cpu, as they tend to be quite noisy (plus they dont seem to handle the extra heat as good as i'd like)
     
  7. Topazz

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    Overclock? Moi?! :eek:

    Yikes, that will be heading into uncharted waters for this geek. :p

    obvious: Are you recommending getting a different cooler for ordinary use or only if overclocking is intended? What cooler would you suggest?
     
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    If youre overclocking, then DEFINATELY get a new cooler! or if you want a pc that is as quiet as possible, get a new cooler.

    if youre not wanting to do either of those, then stay with the standard cooler.
     
  9. professorxox

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    I say stick with the cooler that you have now and see if that keeps it cool enough if/when you do overclock your new cpu, if not then you should think about getting a better cooler.
     
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