I'm limited to buying a AM2 motherboard rather than AM2+ for the Phenom 9500.
The motherboard I'm thinking to buy is the Asus M2A-VM. It is listed in AMD site as being
compatible for the Phenom 9500.
I know the difference between AM2 and AM2+ is in two things:
* HyperTransport 3.0 operating at up to 2.6 GHz
* Split power planes: one for the CPU cores, and the other for the Integrated Memory controller (IMC). This will improve power savings, especially with integrated graphics, if the CPU cores are in sleep mode but the IMC is still active.
The question now is, is there a noticeable decrease in performance when using Phenom CPUs on AM2 motherboards?
Is there any sites that did benchmarks on this?