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Im thinking of getting a Sempron 3200 (am2). how well do they overclock? I heard rumors that people got it to 2.66 on stock cooling and 1.45v. its a cheap setup.....

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The Athlon 64 3200+ will likely get you to about the same point and would be a much better processor for only $20. For that $20 you will get 4x the L2Cache (128KB compared to 512KB) and 400MHz of additional Hyper-Transport bandwidth. The L2Cache will improve you performance substantially, and the improvement for the HT will be marginal but still better.
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I did think of that, but wont the Athlon be hotter then the Sempron, making it less overclockable?
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I did think of that, but wont the Athlon be hotter then the Sempron, making it less overclockable?
No, lol...why would it do that?
    
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No, lol...why would it do that?
Sempron has less L2, less heat because less cache= smaller size of wafer. Lower clock speed and multiplier= less heat. Power usage from Athlon= 85W from Sempron= 62W. so Sempron would be cooler then the Athlon
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Yes the Sempron will likely be cooler then the Athlon at stock settings. When you begin overclocking it will be a closer margin and likely a non-factor when you push both to their limits. I think these AM2's whether it be an Athlon or a Sempron hit a headwall before temps become that big of a factor.

Let's just say in theory the Sempron can overclock to 2.65GHz with a 50*c load temp, and you Athlon can overclock to 2.5GHz with a 50*c temp. In this theoretical comparison the Athlon will outperform the Sempron in almost any benchmark. If a top number were your goal instead of performance perhaps you would want the Sempron, but I for one think the Athlon v. Sempron decision is a no-brainer. In fact, I think the single core Athlons only use 62W like the Sempron you are comparing. I thought the X2 line used 85W. I could be wrong though.

I have read/heard people complain about the Sempron HSF included with the retail models for being really cheap and difficult to install. Yet another downfall of the Sempron line.

Leave the Sempron for the E-Machines, Dells and Gateways that use them to build email/moderate internet/word processing units that offer great value with very little real performance. Get the Athlon.
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