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The Athlon 64 3200+ processor will surely get a lot of attention from enthusiasts interested in the AMD64 technology, but not in the high prices associated with the Athlon 64 FX line of processors. After all, don’t the most hard core of enthusiasts usually get a cheaper solution, then ramp up their performance through tweaking?

In our tests, the Athlon 64 3200+ processor showed to be a formidable processor, though it wasn’t the knock out blow that many of you were hoping and expecting. The Athlon 64 FX-51 is going to be the closest option for you on that. However, the K8T800 coupled with the first Athlon 64 did have a lot of great gaming scores – it won them all! There is no doubt that the Athlon 64 processor would make a great gaming solution for you. If you are going to be doing a lot of content creation, you may need to look to the more expensive cousin of this processor if you want the top level of performance.

There are a lot of things left to explore when I get back from Taiwan. First, I have a motherboard from ALi with their M1687 chipset as well as with the SiS K8 chipset. I also just received an nForce3 motherboard with the 754-pin socket and am eager to get the results from all these chipsets and post them up. There are also overclocking tests of both Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 FX that will interest many of you.

In the meantime, I think most of you will be satisfied with an Athlon 64 3200+ processor. However, if you have a comparable Athlon XP system, do you need to upgrade right now? In my opinion no. It’s not necessarily worth it, unless you have the money for the FX processor since the Athlon 64 doesn’t show the same overall improvements that the FX does. If it has been a while since you have updated that gaming system of yours, then perhaps you should take a long hard look at the Athlon 64 3200+.

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