[conspire] & now ive gone nuts + 64x2
Edmund J. Biow
biow at sbcglobal.net
Sun Apr 8 00:31:28 PDT 2007
>> Bought the 64x2 3800+ amd cpu w m/board combo at Fry's for $90 and the
>> x-y = $99 for 2g of 667 ddr2 ram.
That's a fantastic deal good through Tuesday. I bought the board with
the X2 5000 in February and have been quite happy with it. The onboard
graphics has no trouble with Beryl. BTW, this weekend Fry's has got 2
GB of PC5300 DDR2 for $100 after $100 MIR, a 400 GB Seagate SATAII hard
drive with a five year warranty for $100, and a 750 GB ATA/SATA drives
for the hairy palm set for only $229, no MIR.
> Coolio. Here's something that you're well advised to try on new-ish
> CPUs, preferably before buying:
> Boot a Linux live CD, then check the CPU flags line in /proc/cpuinfo.
> We're checking for two things: (1) x86_64 support. (2) virtualisation
That might be hard to do at Fry's, since the CPUs are all behind a cage
at the front counter.
All X2 CPUs have X86_64 support and AMD-V hardware virtualization
support has been including since the "F" steppings of May, 2006. The
rule of thumb apparently is that all non-Sempron AM2 Socket (DDR2) CPUs
have hardware virtualization support.
> Will the funny interface material on the included heat sink /fan
> really work out ok now that i mounted it, it was easy ?
The retail ooze works like a charm on my X2 5000. I read a few years
ago that if you removed the factory goo and replaced it with high
quality Arctic Silver or some such the CPU makers argued that your
warranty was voided. I don't know if that is still the case.
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