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3700+ or Opty 146

Discussion in 'CPUs' started by Shure, 17 Jan 2006.

  1. Shure

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 13 Jan 2004

    Posts: 1,180

    Just looking at both of these chips for a new build which is the better chip and why? I'm looking at running stock for a while but I'm also interested in the best overclocker aswell
  2. Dirk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 Dec 2005

    Posts: 1,930

    The Opteron could be the best clocker of the two but mileage varies. Are you an experienced overclocker? If you fork out for the Opty and then find that the rest of your hardware isn't up to the job of overclocking it you'll be disappointed.

    The 3700+ San Diego is a good clocker too but faster at stock. Have you considered going Dual-core?

    Post details about your current hardware, what you use your pc for and what budget you have.
  3. Baker


    Joined: 27 Sep 2004

    Posts: 937

    I have a 3700 (stock speed 2.2GHz) with standard fan and heatsink, with pretty normal 2 fan case, and have it running at 2.75GHz at 51*C under load.

    Good overclocking CPU in my opinion.
  4. Hunders


    Joined: 6 Jan 2006

    Posts: 3,554

    Location: Plymouth

    I have a 3700 thats running on stock volts and cooling at 2.8GHz. Ive never seen it go above 46 degrees.

    Although, I would have bought a 146 when I was looking for a new processor but Overclockers never had any in stock so I just went with the 3700 as a second choice. I reckon I could get close to 3GHz with mine once I get a decent CPU cooler.

    At the end of the day there both good CPUs and you cant really go wrong with either.