SUBJECT: Athlon 64 X2 6400+ ----> "Black Edition" ???

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My Q is: I am beginning to 'piece' together a new PC. This Athlon XP 3200+
(Barton), Soltek board, & Crucial RAM have served me very, very well.

I am/was lurking around Newegg & TigerDirect in oder to make a proc choice &

I've figured I am pretty much being 'driven' to Socket AM2. That seems to be
what the 'top-end' AMD procs use (?). Yes, that was a question.

Checking AMD company info, I cut & pasted this directly from ---->
"Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 'Black Edition' (3.2GHz, 125W, & 2MB total dedicated L2
cache, 2000MHz HyperTransportT bus, socket AM2)".

I will attempt to ask my questions as simple as I can.

According to the above proc, can anyone give me more information on it? What
is 2000MHz HyperTrans Bus? Is that a different/new way of saying FSB these
days? What is w/this 'Black Ed.' deal?

As I am reading/learning, could someone add some light to the difference(s)
between Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core(s) & Athlon FX(s)-64 & 70? (FYI: I am not a
power user nor a hard-core gamer, nor a gamer in general, @ least not on a
PC; I am just someone who wants to have the very BEST from the company(s) I

Additionally, knowing that my XP 3200+ (Barton) was 'un-locked', I never
tried, or cared to, OC it. So I am looking for something that is blazing
fast out-of-the-box. Also, what is the deal with the numerous names of
'cores' (?), such as:










San Diego,

Santa Ana,

Santa Rosa,





Troy, &

Windsor (s) ?!?!?!

ANY info any of you guys, & gals, could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Jason (Sniper)



PS: NOT to sound argumentative, but would anyone argue that any other RAM is
HEAD & SHOULDERS above Crucail? (I have just really had great luck w/them.
From 4 separate PCs, a laptop, & their SD (MP3 player & DigiCam) & MicroSD
(2GB for my cell phone). Again, any info / constructive criticism would be
greatly appreciated.

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