CPU and Mainboard recommendations
From: Sebastian Sareyko (sebi_at_smoon.homelinux.org)
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2004 17:09:58 +0200
I'm thinking about buying a new mainboard and CPU. At the moment the
following combinations are considered:
1. A nforce3 based motherboard (Shuttle AN51R?) with an Athlon64 3200+
2. A PentiumIV 3,2GHz with Hyperthreading and a board based on the
i865PE or i875P Intel chips.
3. An Athlon-M 2500+ and my "old" nforce2 motherboard.
Choice #3 would be the cheapest and had the advantages of not getting
very hot due to the low power absorption. As well it's easy to overclock
those Mobile Athlons because of their speedstepping(?) technology.
#1: I'm not sure how well the nforce3 based boards are supported in the
kernel. I know that there were many issues with nforce2 in the beginning
because the nvidia people didn't gave required information about their
hardware and it's bugs. So I'm a little afraid of nforce3.
If I go with this combination another issue would be the 64Bit mode of
the processor. I would like to run everything in 64Bit where possible.
Though most of the time applications for linux should compile/work just
fine there'll be some that only run in 32Bit mode. And to get everything
working then I would need to have some libraries twice on my system:
32- and 64Bit version.
I can not tell much about choice #2 because I only worked with AMD for
the last few years and did not investigate much on Intel. But afaik
Intel supports the Linux community very well. I think most of their
hardware (except some centrino things, but i don't bother about that
anyway) is very well supported.
Now, the questions are:
Which would be the best choice of the three options I gave above
regarding compatibility, performance, stability and problems to expect?
AFAIK the PIV and the Athlon64 are in the same performance league?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
PS: Sorry for my bad english :(