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    Default Sempron Worth it?

    Anyone have any idea if getting a sempron would be good or bad? From a non-overclocker point of veiw. I've heard that AMD just did a little renaming and made the price higher, though at newegg and computergate the prices are around 10$ less then the mains cores (like barton). I was just wondering if it would be worth going with a Sempron with a thorton core then an XP with a barton core?

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    Default Re: Sempron Worth it?

    The socket A Semprons are just renamed Thoroughbreds with a higher FSB. ;)

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    Not all of them. Several are using the newer Thorton core instead of the T-Bred; at least this is what it looks like with a little research.
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    Darthtanion Thorton cores are really Barton cores that don't come up to spec so they're newted down to Thoroughbred spec's (usually part of the L2 cache has a fault so half is disabled though there are a few articles around that tell how to re-enable it though this has a 50/50 chance of failure). It's the same as the last of the Duron's being Thoroughbred cores but being newted for the same reasons (AMD's way of getting the most $'s out of a build process).
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    Default Re: Sempron Worth it?

    In any case, the Semprons should be cheaper than their Athlon XP Barton performance equivelents at this point as AMD is moving away from the Barton line and the prices have already jumped quite a bit.

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    Default Re: Sempron Worth it?

    Having just built a PC with a Sempron CPU I will tell you they are great for the money and also don't run very hot :)

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    Default Re: Sempron Worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by amd_man2003
    Having just built a PC with a Sempron CPU I will tell you they are great for the money and also don't run very hot :)
    Hmm...Now, lets switch this around, would a Sempron do well at overclocking? I would imagin not, as it's a value brand, and would be limited in some way or another, yet stranger things have happened...

    BTW, how hot does it run, cus I (and I would imagin others) do not like noise, so if we could lower the fan speed without buying a new HSF and still keep it within safe heat limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRZigzz
    Hmm...Now, lets switch this around, would a Sempron do well at overclocking? I would imagin not, as it's a value brand, and would be limited in some way or another, yet stranger things have happened...
    Would an Athlon XP do well overclocking? You seem to misunderstand what Socket A Semprons are. They are Athlon XP Thoroughbreds at 333 FSB. We already know they overclock incredibly well. Tests saying sore are just redundant, but you can go look for some, just to make sure. However, Barton will recieve more benefit from overlocking and stilll overclock well. But if you're going to get a Barton, do it now. The price is rising on an almost daily bases, and they'll be completely gone (except for used ones) fairly soon.

    However, if intensive overclocking is your deal, the Mobile Barton 2400 is still just about the best OCer on the market as it can reach 2.3GHz on air cooling, easily. It can even reach 2.8GHz or higher, with really good cooling and fast RAM.

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    The stock cooler on it is silent. I put the Sempron 2500+ up to a 180mhz FSB with stock voltage (Mobo didn't have adjustments) and its load temp was 49C and the PC was silent.

    Oh..and thats in a case without ANY case fans.

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    Default Re: Sempron Worth it?

    is a socket 754 Sempron also an Athlon at heart? I'm looking at the Sempron 3100+ right now, and its definitely appealing...mostly because of the cache, in my mind. I also saw a timedemo test for doom3, (the test was meant to show which should be upgraded first between your CPU or your video card) where the 1.8ghz Sempron 3100+ outperformed (read: better FPS) the pentium 4 in almost every test! (except the 3.2ghz HT Prescott chip)

    does anybody have any practical experience with this line of chips? what are your impressions? should I be looking at an Athlon?

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