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I did a search but couldn't find exactly the answer i was looking for. What is the difference between the Opteron and the Althon64? Is the only difference dual cpu support? I know that the Socket 940 Opteron support dual processors but what about the 939 socket Opteron? I haven't seen any 939 dual mb's. If i decided NOT to go dual cpu, is there any advange of getting an Operon vs an Althon64? I.e Operon 165 Dual Core 1.8ghz vs. Althon64 4400+ 2.2ghz Dual Core 1megx2 cache. Thanks.
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Opterons used to be cheaper with larger L2 and OC'd better. But nowadays, go for an x2 Athlon. Or even better, a Core 2. The price drops that AMD have done dont apply to Opties. And I believe only the Opty 2 series or above can do multi CPU.
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From what I understand, and correct me if im wrong, Opterons are higher quality due to their intended application, server vs desktop. The opterons come from a higher quality wafer then the regular x-2, sometimes coming from the same wafer the fx60 comes from. Because of that, they oc better. Also, I have heard, but cannot confirm that they have a more robust on-die memory controller then the regular x-2.
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From what I understand, and correct me if im wrong, Opterons are higher quality due to their intended application, server vs desktop. The opterons come from a higher quality wafer then the regular x-2, sometimes coming from the same wafer the fx60 comes from. Because of that, they oc better. Also, I have heard, but cannot confirm that they have a more robust on-die memory controller then the regular x-2.
Yes, but it doesn't really justify the cost. With that money it makes more sense to go to C2D, or just save some and go X2.
    
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They probably have looser L1\\2 timings than the normal athlon, to ensure maximum stability
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Yes, but it doesn't really justify the cost. With that money it makes more sense to go to C2D, or just save some and go X2.
I agree completely with you about C2D. If your building a new rig there really is no reason not to go with conroe or allendale. But if you need to stick with your 939, i think it would be a really hard toss up between the two, especially considering the prices are almost identical!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103546

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That opty 165 with go thru the roof on an OC.

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Opty Will OC Much Better Much Better
    
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Hmm but the Opty is running at 1.8ghz vs the a64 at 2.2ghz out of the box. Your saying that the opty can run higher mhz after the OC? What do you think the 1.8 can get to vs the 2.2?
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You have to understand, its not about what frequency you start off with. It's the quality of the transistors and their ability to switch faster without insane amount of extra voltage. It just so happens that the Opties transistors can do this better than the normal Athlons
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