Saturday, December 26, 2009

My Christmas present = wishlist fullfilled

Just the day before christmas, 24th dec, was the wonderful day for me, ptptn money entered after so long, and finally i managed to get my new system after so long of online research and price surveying..Now, I am running on my new system, consists of AMD Athlon II X4 630 processor -AM3 socket (refer my previous blog post), 2GB Corsair Gaming High Performance RAM, Cooler Master Elite 334 casing, Vantec Ion2+ 620W PSU unit and ECS GF8200A Black Edition Motherboard. All this combined with my current HDD (80GB Samsung SATA, 320GB WD SATA), LG DVD ROM 20X SATA, Acer X203H 20 inch LCD and lastly my powerful Galaxy Nvidia GeForce 9800GT graphics card. Its more appealing than my old system and i'm happy to multitask with it without any performance lack or lag issues!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

AMD™ latest AM3 socket processor technology

There's one thing i found out about AMD processors, now it has the newest socket AM3 version which is for me on par with the Intel Core i7 family, because both the processors support the latest DDR3 RAM versions. But the main thing AMD has achieved is their newest AM3 socket processors that is 'backward compatible'. This means you can install the latest processor on a older AM2+ motherboards. This gives cost savings for users where they can only upgrade their processor and remain with their AM2+ motherboards. Adding the accomplishment, the AM3 processors have an intergrated memory controller which support DDR2 RAMs and also DDR3 RAMs. So you can run the AM3 processor on a AM2+ motherboard with DDR2 RAMs or on a AM3 motherboard with DDR3 RAMs.

AMD has also come up with the Athlon II versions that are same in all aspects as the Phenom II versions. It is also using the AM3 socket and supports the newest DDR3 RAMs. The only difference between them is the L3 cache. Phenom II versions have an extra cache level that is the L3 cache while the Athlon II versions do not. But based on a lot of tech reviews, i found out that L3 cache is not neccessarily important while number of cores matter for processing power. So for budget buyers, the Athlon II is the perfect processor to choose because even the quad-core AMD Athlon II X4 price is less than the Phenom II X3 and X4 versions. Way to go AMD™ !