- Nov 29, 2003
I won't be overclocking. Is there a difference in stock performance between the 2 steppings?
You won't be overclocking? Your buying a Phenom II and you won't be overclocking..?
Go with the C2 if your not because you don't deserve the potential ability of the C3.
Why swear off ocing? Even on stock heatsink & with stock voltage, you can expect maybe 400mhz oc on the C2 and more on the C3. For ~30 extra bucks, and 5 extra mins added to the time to assemble the pc, you can add a quality aftermarket cooler and get 4ghz with a bump of the multiplier with a C3 955.
All I have to say is, why not? Its free performance, and 3.2 -> 3.8-4ghz is quite a significant performance increase for a few minutes here and hours reading about & tweaking stuff there.
All the info you need to get a good overclock, and much more, is freely available right here in the pages of these forums!!
The main prerequisite for overclocking is buying quality components that can handle the overclocks, dont you want quality components anyway? They arent even expensive on the amd side, just do a bit of research before ordering the parts, which again you should do anyway!!
Good luck. I remember the first time I built a pc, I read these forums every day for a week, ordered, built. Most of my troubles were with the pc and parts and getting it all together, but once you got it working at stock, overclocking seems easy. Just changing a few bios settings here, reading about a problem or how to properly benchmark & stability test there.
Even at stock, the C3 is only 95w. But you can expect maybe 200mhz or more better of an oc at stock voltage on the c3. If nothing else, at least get yourself the c3 and 400+ free mhz at stock volts on stock cooling.