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will this PROCESSOR and MOBO be compatible?

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I would like to know firstly wheather the following processor (AMD Athlon XP 3000+ 512kb soa box) and Motherboard (gigabyte AMD 760 MPX 2x Socket A ATX) are compatible components??

Secondly what is PCI 64 and can standard PCI devices work in the PCI 64 slot?

Thirdly seeing as the mobo has 2 cpu slots is it possible to run two processors at once and does this boost my systems performance dramatically?

And fourthly... hehe... how come intel is so much faster than AMD and you can get like 2.7 ghz for £60!
i dont even think the AMD processor stated above is as good as that and it costs £105???

thanks. David Saul
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by:Callandor
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This is really a server motherboard for use with Athlon MP processors, but you are likely to be able to use an Athlon XP (or two) in it.

PCI 64 is the new PCI extended standard, designed to increase throughput: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/P/PCI_X.html  It is backward compatible.

You can put two cpus in there, but I wouldn't expect dramatic improvements, unless the software was designed for using two processors.  Certain applications like video processing will probably benefit.  You may be able to use two XP processors, instead of MP cpus, but I'm not 100% sure about that - some people have reported success.

Intel has a faster clock speed, but AMD gets more things done in a single instruction.  Overall, AMD cpus are faster at games and office apps, while Intel is better at video processing because of the faster clock speed.  I don't know about the UK, but on www.pricewatch.com, AMD XP 3000+ cpus are selling for $100.  P4 3GHz cpus sell for $180, so it sounds reversed here.
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by:david76saul
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ok ok i see wot you mean about the motherboard,the data bus speed (?) is only 233mhz compared to others that seems really slow!  so could you recommend a better choice of mobo for me bearing in mind i need socket A and am willing to spend up to £100 ($130 approx).

thanks alot for the other info but what does backward compatible PCI mean and more importantly can i still just use that slot as a typical PCI slot?
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by:david76saul
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before you answer that Q. would this mobo be a better choice

Abit AN7 nForce2 Socket A Motherboard

http://www.overclock.co.uk/customer/product.php?productid=17103

it looks pretty decent eh!
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by:david76saul
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is it too compatible with amd athlon xp 3000+?
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That Abit AN7 is an excellent choice and will be better suited for your purposes, and it will work with an Athlon XP 3000+.  Be sure you get DDR400 (aka PC3200) RAM to make the most of the cpu.

Backward compatible means old PCI cards will work in that slot.
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by:david76saul
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thanks once again callander for your wise words! keep up the good work!

erm im gonna get the 3200 version will that work 2?
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The 3200+ should work in that board.
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