Deal of the week: Athlon 64 X2, mobo for $169

This week’s deal comes courtesy of forum gerbil Hotdog, who spotted a rather interesting offer on Newegg today. The online retailer is selling a combo that includes a 65nm Athlon 64 X2 3600+ processor and a Biostar TForce 550 motherboard for a total of $168.99 with free shipping.

The X2 3600+ doesn’t actually figure on AMD’s official price list, but it runs at 1.9GHz with 512KB of cache per core, and it’s based on AMD’s new 65nm core. As for the motherboard, it looks like a fairly average nForce 550 Socket AM2 mobo with the usual PCI Express x16 and x1 slots, four 300MB/s Serial ATA ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and so on. Judging by the Hotdog’s thread, our forum gerbils have had positive experiences with Biostar’s TForce lineup. The combo’s only real downside is that the processor is an OEM chip that doesn’t come with a heatsink. Shoppers will therefore have to cough up some extra cash for a third-party solution, although quiet Socket AM2 coolers can be had for as little as $9.99.

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    • Proesterchen
    • 13 years ago

    Btw, I just looked at the processor prices here in Germany, and, low and behold, it sure seems like we’re the dumping ground for last quarter’s Dell rejects:

    AMD Athlon X2 3800+, Rev F, tray – available starting at 89,35 Euros (incl. 19% VAT)
    §[<http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a197899.html<]§ AMD Athlon X2 3800+ EE, Rev F, tray - available starting at 89 Euros (incl. 19% VAT) §[<http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a222721.html<]§ That's roughly $97 for a 2 GHz DC K8.

    • DrDillyBar
    • 13 years ago

    It would be a worthy replacement for my Celeron 340 secondary box thingy, but alas I live in Canada.

    • Hotdog
    • 13 years ago

    I got on the front page with a forum post.

    I win @ the intarwebs!

    <3

      • echo_seven
      • 13 years ago

      congrats 🙂

    • indeego
    • 13 years ago

    I find it amusing that New Vista Ultimate installs will cost more than this modern hardware.

    I equally find it amusing the comments at newegg. What do people expect for a cheap mobo?

    Finally, I find it amusing that Barton cores, over three years old, sell for more than these processors regularly on ebayg{<.<}g

      • mirkin
      • 13 years ago

      im still rockin a barton core @1.9 in my linux box – been wanting to upgrade to a dual core rig but was waiting for this thing to die …
      are people buying barton cores on ebay ? do they actually sell ?

        • indeego
        • 13 years ago

        They sell at over $120 for 3000+/3200+’sg{<.<}g

      • alex666
      • 13 years ago

      The mobile 2600 Barton running at 2.53GHz in one of my systems still kicks some serious ass and holds its own in most tasks, paired as it is with a nf2 400 ultra mobo, good memory, and a raptor. I’m making plans to replace it for the purpose it serves in our home (family computer/9 year-old son’s gaming computer), but it’s hard since the system still runs so extremely well.

      I’m sure I’m not alone, that others have killer older-generation systems still kicking around and that are cause for pause every time you want to build a new system. I’ll either donate it or perhaps make it a home server.

    • mirkin
    • 13 years ago

    I hope this is not an OEM dumping stock we’ll never see them again deal. I would seriously consider that cpu for my replacement workstation this march, if I can get it unbundled.
    I would drool if AMD released some lower clocked 65nm 35W parts – esp in the 100$ range – unf. I bet they would sell like hot cakes.

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    This is a sweet deal though. As I posted in the related forum thread, you can get this bundle and some Corsair XMS DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 for $320. That’s pretty sweet.

    But no, It won’t come close to a C2D.

    • Kunikos
    • 13 years ago

    How does the performance compare to an E6300? Or is it better compared to an upcoming E4300?

      • Furen
      • 13 years ago

      The 2.2GHz X2 is pretty much the equivalent of the 6300/4300. The 6300 and the 4300 cost around $180 for the CPU by itself, this 1.9GHz part costs ~$170 including a motherboard. When overclocking no AMD part holds a candle to the Core 2 parts.

      • Shintai
      • 13 years ago

      Way way below E6300 and E4300. E4300 and E6300 is within 5% of one another. And E6300 wins more than it lose against a X2 4200+.

      So its much below any C2D offerings.

        • echo_seven
        • 13 years ago

        isn’t that kinda what he just said?

        he said a 4200+(2.2 Ghz) is about equal to 6300/4300. You yourself just said “the 6300 wins more than it loses against a 4200+”.

        The 3600+(1.9 GHz) is a bit below that, but going by AMD’s model numbers it’s really not that much, and the price its going for (bundled /w mobo) its a great deal.

      • wierdo
      • 13 years ago

      As per lost circuits:

      “Midrange comes down to personal preference, as Intel and AMD are on equal footing in this area. At the lower end the E6300 performs impressively at $208, but the X2 3800+ for only $150 is awfully hard to pass up.”

      The new X2 3600 is only 100mhz lower than the X2 3800 in terms of clockspeed, so it’s a pretty good buy at this price.

        • Proesterchen
        • 13 years ago

        5% lower clock speed, 5% lower memory speed (DDR2-800 setting), slower L2 cache – it all adds up to a not exactly bright performance picture.

        But I agree, it’s a good buy if you want a cheap dual-core.

          • wierdo
          • 13 years ago

          A %5 drop in CPU speed results in less than that in performance, usually half the clock’s % is a good estimate from what I’ve seen. Memory drop affects performance even less, about one or two percent for the supposed 5% drop…

          Lets say for the sake of argument that everything dropped by 5%, this would most likely translate to a %5 performance drop overall.

          If 10% is supposedly where the performance difference is noticeable by the human user – benchmarks could show the diff but it shouldn’t change the actual user experience really – then 5% is worth skimping on for this sort of savings imho.

    • leor
    • 13 years ago

    full dual core rig for under $400 FTW!

    • Furen
    • 13 years ago

    I wouldn’t expect much more than 240-260MHz HTT from that motherboard. That’s still not a bad deal but certainly not enough to overclock these chips to the max. I do believe that this 2x512KB part is better than the 2x256KB part that was released to OEMs some months ago.

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