AMD Single Core

As it appears, we are seeing some sort of activity in AMD's single core lineup. It's nothing really significant, but there are some price fluctuations, roughly $6.00 up or down. One of the most commonly purchased processors in the lower-end of AMD's single core series is the Athlon 64 3200+ Venice [RTPE: ADA3200BPBOX] going for about $160.

We don't suggest you go for one of the high-end options of AMD's single core processors because price-wise, they are very close to the X2 lineup. The highest we would suggest to go with would probably be the AMD Athlon 64 3700+ 1MB San Diego [RTPE: ADA3700BNBOX] going for about $210. If you're planning on spending about $100 more, the X2 processors are what you will want to consider.

For something at about midway in the socket 754 lineup, the AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 512KB Newcastle [RTPE: ADA3000AXBOX] is on sale for about $120. If you're into the mobile processors, the Athlon 64 DTR 3000+ 1MB Hammer [RTPE: AMA3000BEX5AR] is a great buy at $117.

If you're an AMD fan, their Sempron lineup is a great alternative to Intel's Celeron processors. Both are excellent for their price and do as would be expected. For a low budget based build, something along the lines of the Sempron 64 (754) 2500+ 256KB Palermo [RPTE: SDA2500BXBOX] appears to be a great deal at just under $70. Save your $5 and go with the 2500+ rather than the 2800+ as there is only a 200MHz clock speed difference. You can easily overclock your 2500+ those extra 200MHz to reach the 2800+ speeds.

We can see the AMD Turion MT-30 1MB [RTPE: TMSMT30BQX5LD] is at a decent price of about $160. Most of the other prices of the Turion processors haven't changed much, but we are seeing a slight decrease of about $9.00 with the AMD Turion MT-28 512KB [RTPE: TMSMT28BQX4LD] going for a grand total of about $180 shipped.

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  • Guuster - Sunday, December 25, 2005 - link

    Its seems I have either confused myself , or anandtech is *incorrectly posting these new S939 opterons as a Venus core. ...shouldnt they be labeled as the San Diago core? I've thought that the Venus cores were for the 940 socket. Reply
  • Puddleglum - Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - link

    San Diego = Athalon 64
    Venus = Opteron

    Both are single-core, socket 939. Socket 940 uses dual-core opterons.
  • android1st - Sunday, December 25, 2005 - link

    My friend would like me to configure him an Intel box, probably with Celeron processor, tho he didn't give me a price range yet. I'm wondering where I can find a good short guide to the price/performance/upgrade differences between Intel's sockets, as I personally use and follow AMD's architecture, at least a little better than Intel's...
    Thanks in advance for the help!
  • kmmatney - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    "Save your $5 and go with the 2500+ rather than the 2800+ as there is only a 200MHz clock speed difference..."

    When I bought my Sempron at NewEgg, the 2500+ and 2800+ were the same price, so I went for the 2800+, just to get a higher multipler. It overclocked to 2.4 GHz easily - great cpu.
  • Pirks - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    If you were choosing a new CPU for your gaming/C++ dev/DVD ripping home desktop, would you get Opteron 1xx or Athlon 64 for the same price? Please explain your choice. I'm curious about these server CPUs, wonder if they are just pluggable in any 939 mobo and if they provide any different experience from Athlon 64 for stuff like games, some 3D anim packages, C++/C# development and the like Reply
  • ProviaFan - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    The "experience" will be the same, but the socket 939 Opterons tend to overclock better because they are put through a more strenuous QA process (or so I'm told). The other advantage is that "Opteron" looks cooler than "Athlon 64" in your My Computer Properties. ;) Reply
  • ryko - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    you forgot to include the s754 3000+ venice e6 cpus that just magically appeared...">
  • artifex - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    Sure would be nice if we had links at the top to info like processor model drilldowns, so we could see where Toledo and Manchester fit in the scheme of things and if one is on a smaller process, etc. If one seems to perform 75% as well as its more expensive brother at the same speed, but is 1/2 the price, we should be able to tell that, also. Reply
  • snedzad - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    It doesn't make sense. I thought Athlon X2 CPU with Manchester core comes with 2x512 L2 cache. Reply
  • elecrzy - Saturday, December 24, 2005 - link

    It does. The x2 3800+ with the Toledo core has half of its caches disabled. Reply

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