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post #21 of 37
Both the Opteron 165 and the X2 4400+ are fine CPU's and afford good overclocking potential.

The ultimate choice will most likely be made on the purchase price off the two..

footnote: Also as noted above. Why do people still insist on not reading the thread from the opening post. It clearly states that he wishes to remain with socket 939 yet the number of post's proposing otherwise is well .....plain a waste of the thread space.
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Originally Posted by Carbuncle94
Thanks man, I'll go with Opteron then, they're more stable and bring more L2 than the equivalent X2. Oh, and I'll never go Intel again, AMD has more interest in making games look good, instead of pure number crunching, that's what Intel's problem seems to be, to much time focused on speed, and not on quality.
Well seeing as a CPU has nothing to do with image quality, the above is false. The current AMD does 9 ops/cycle while the Conroe does around 12 ops/cycle. There's nothing wrong with the Conroe at all. In your case, if you dont want to go Conroe, go with the 165 opteron.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks again guys, and thanks for keeping on the subject of AMD, I'm 15 years old, I cannot afford Intel, not when AMD will push out great Gaming processors at half the price (don't retaliate with Pentium D being cheaper than X2, fanboys, it was a budget cpu, X2 wipes the floor with it.) Point taken, the Opteron is an "Optimal" choice for me, I was just nervous, I've never strayed off of AMD's Athlon.




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YET ANOTHER posts his age... like i did...

Anyways, Im getting the Opty 165. I changed my mind about the x2 3800+. With arctic freezer pro 64 air cooler, and proper settings, what can this baby hit? (Please more specific, 3 Ghz sounds too fanasy-level even though it might actually do it)
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You can almost count on getting around 2.6GHz with any stepping that you get with an air setup. There are a few steppings that do even better on air like the CCBBE, CCB1E, and CCBWE 0550. The most common stepping is the CCBWE and it overclocks less then the others on air (Other than CCBWE 0550), but if you have a phase setup they can not be touched. So you can plan on getting around 2.6GHz with the right setup regardless of stepping and if you are lucky you might be able to get as high as 3.0GHz.
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Hey man, as a rough guide, i use a freezer pro 64 and i can only hit 2.4 with the temps below 50. i didnt get the greatest stepping in the world though im pretty sure. it is a ccbwe. im gonna get a BT soon and see what else i can do.
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post #27 of 37
Get the 165 opty, I have several of them and very good rigs, also I have a E6600 and have not seen any differance in performance, other than benchmarking and folding
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post #28 of 37
I would assume though to hit these high clocks you are going to need some awesome ram. As with a x9 multi and starting at 1.8ghz its gonna take a lot? I have a small benefit using a 146 with a x10 multi...

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post #29 of 37
mine is a single core so this won't really help you and this might have already been posted (not reading entire thread) but the Opteron processors are usually cut froma higher grade wafer of silicon and have a better memory controller (the fx's memory control really) So some do report that opterons clock better than there athlon counterpart. To me the really difference was the L2 cache being doubled from all the athlons except the sandys. I have been able to push past 300Mhz Fsb on stock cooling to give you a little idea but its starting to get to got for stock with a 900mhz OC so I'm going to get a new HS
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Double Helix
Hey man, as a rough guide, i use a freezer pro 64 and i can only hit 2.4 with the temps below 50. i didnt get the greatest stepping in the world though im pretty sure. it is a ccbwe. im gonna get a BT soon and see what else i can do.
What type of voltage are you putting into that Opteron? That is a high load temp for a 2.4GHz overclock, and that would be the first area I would look at as an issue. You should be able to get around 2.4GHz completely stable with 1.35-1.40 volts and if you are using more then that it will not help stability and just drive your temps up. Are you running your memory on a divider? That might be a limitation if you are not. Do you have your chipset voltage a little higher then stock, like 1.6 or 1.7 volts? Are you keeping your HTT multiplier in accordance with your HT(FSB) to ensure it remains at 1000MHz or less? I know this is off an a tangent from the original intention of this thread, but I would like to see you realize the full potential of your Opteron.
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