- May 11, 2002
I got the CPU new on sale for $200 vs $320 for the X. I wanted a full feature MOBO and one with reliable circuitry that could operate for many years. Research suggested most boards came with questionable or poor VRMs and heatsinks that could be problematic long term (especially in my situation where it's in a hot environment). In my budget it seemed only some MSI and the ASRock board had a proper VRM to handle the 8 cores, and the MSI boards were supposed to be the ones with BIOS issues (like high voltage [1.5v+] w/ limited adjustment options).
So the choice was $460 for an X CPU and middling MOBO or $400 for the non X and a supposedly great MOBO (everyone claimed it had voltage, XFR/PBO adjust etc). Based on my research it sounded like an easy thing to get a 2700 to operate like a 2700x, with proper boost etc. The savings would also allow me to get a better heatsink (even the crappy 212 Evo is notably better than the good stock cooler of the 2700x) plus a full set of good new case fans (apparently replacing the 212 Evo fan with these made it much better). Certainly at regular retail pricing I would've spent the $30 more for the 2700x (and probably tried it's stock cooler).
And I did get 3200MHz RAM...2400MHz is just what the MOBO chose to run at "default" settings. Got it for a great deal too (especially compared to even just 6-12 months ago). If you read the thread that information is clearly posted (my first post even).
If you can, just sell the 2700 and get a 2600x. You'd probably make money on that deal and just watch the defaults give you higher clocks. Or you can get a 2700x.
Regarding memory clocks.. you do have to run the XMP setting in bios.