A64 X2 6400+/6000+ and XP-90/S12 500 question

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TomMe
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A64 X2 6400+/6000+ and XP-90/S12 500 question

Post by TomMe » Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:44 am

Hi guys,

I'm going to buy an A64 X2 6000+ or 6400+ for my system shortly (probably 6000+). Do you guys think my XP-90 + 92mm Nexus fan can cool these sufficiently? I've been very happy with my current configuration concerning noise and temperature levels. My 4000+ is running @ 42°C right now with the fan turned down quite a bit.

And what about my PSU? I think the 4000+ is 62W and the 6000+ and 6400+ 125W. :? I'd like to upgrade my graphics card as well in the future, but not yet.

Thank you.
[size=75][color=#1f2676]AM2 4000+ with XP-90 and Nexus 92mm | MSI K9N SLI Platinum | Corsair 2x1GB DDR2 PC6400 | MSI GF 7900GS Passive + Nexus 92mm | SBLive! Value | suspended WD 2500KS | Seasonic S12-500 | BenQ1620 | Plextor PX-W4012TA | Lite-On LH-20A1S | 2 Nexus case fans[/color][/size]

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Post by Blue_Sky » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:28 am

The X2 6000+ and 6400+ are very power hungry chips. You would be doubling the CPU's power usage in you system - both at idle and load. I think you would be fine with that XP-90, as long as you don't mind noticeably higher load temperatures. From a power standpoint, you would be better off buying a Phenom 2 920. Its load power usage should be similar to a 6000+, and its idle draw should be lower.

Your power supply will be just fine, provided you stay away from the most power hungry Nvidia cards, such as the GTX 295. With a new processor, you shouldn't be drawing much more than 225W at load.

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Post by TomMe » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:21 am

The thing is that my motherboard doesn't support Phenom (Grrr...) and shops seem to be selling their last supplies of AM2 CPUs, so it's now or never if I don't want to buy second-hand.

Currently the 3.1GHz A64 X2 6000+ (ADV6000DOBOX/ADV6000IAA5DO) looks like the most attractive choice to me. It's 65nm/89W instead of 90nm/125W so it should produce less heat and consume less power, right?
[size=75][color=#1f2676]AM2 4000+ with XP-90 and Nexus 92mm | MSI K9N SLI Platinum | Corsair 2x1GB DDR2 PC6400 | MSI GF 7900GS Passive + Nexus 92mm | SBLive! Value | suspended WD 2500KS | Seasonic S12-500 | BenQ1620 | Plextor PX-W4012TA | Lite-On LH-20A1S | 2 Nexus case fans[/color][/size]

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Post by Blue_Sky » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:56 am

Too bad about the motherboard. Yes, the 65 nm part is going to be a lot better. I would still expect to notice a difference in idle and load temps with the same cooling, but it should be pretty manageable.

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Post by TomMe » Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:09 am

I just ordered the 65nm 6000+, fingers crossed. And thanks for the help. ;)
[size=75][color=#1f2676]AM2 4000+ with XP-90 and Nexus 92mm | MSI K9N SLI Platinum | Corsair 2x1GB DDR2 PC6400 | MSI GF 7900GS Passive + Nexus 92mm | SBLive! Value | suspended WD 2500KS | Seasonic S12-500 | BenQ1620 | Plextor PX-W4012TA | Lite-On LH-20A1S | 2 Nexus case fans[/color][/size]

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