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Alright ive heard alot about these processors, so id like to know why they are better then a normal 4400x2. they look well priced, and i have a few questions

1) are they good for games?
2) if so, can they run sli or crossfire, and do they use server mobos or normal gaming mobos?

4x4???

i keep hearing about the letters after the opteron like DNSM and one is better then the other, and clarification?
    
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you can use a regular s939 or AM2 Mobo, unless your doing a hardcore server.
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I have one..and I love it...

It's not so much the DNSM, it's the stepping that is critical, if you would like to get a good overclocker.

Read here for more info on steppings :
http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...ad.php?t=96900

As for it being better than the X2 4400, IMO I think so, because the Opteron's are actually server processor's, meaning they are put under more stress, and have higher expectations to achieve then the average processor.

They run in normal Skt 939 mobos.

Yes, you can run SLI and Crossfire with them.
I currently have the rig in my sig running Crossfire w/ an Opteron @ 3ghz on air.
I have another puter that has an Opteron 175 and an SLI 7800GT setup as well.
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As long as they are socket 939 or AM2, they will run on "gaming mobos"

For the Opty 165 CCBBE is the best stepping, I believe. They overclock higher than 4400s, and have the 2 x 1MB L2 cache, making them work a little faster even at slower clock speeds. I don't exactly know what it is that makes them better, but I plan on finding out very soon.
    
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I'm wondering too, as I'm just about to purchase an X2 4400+, and everybody keeps saying things to me about Opterons.
Could I be guided to the path or enlitenment (AMD) please?!
    
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Originally Posted by Gregor222
Alright ive heard alot about these processors, so id like to know why they are better then a normal 4400x2. they look well priced, and i have a few questions

1) are they good for games?
2) if so, can they run sli or crossfire, and do they use server mobos or normal gaming mobos?

4x4???

i keep hearing about the letters after the opteron like DNSM and one is better then the other, and clarification?
1. Yes, they work as well for games as non-server AMD 64's

2. Yes, they can run multi-gpu's if the board allows for it, and no server board required for the socket 939 opterons (1xx model numbers, 144 thru 154 (all single core) as well as 165-185 (all dual core).
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Here is another good place to look for steppings and their OC's....AMDGeeks.net - your amd overclock source
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They are Athlon 64s...but they say Opteron on them.
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So, If I get an Opteron 170 2 x 2.0GHz w/2MB Cache, is it better than an X2 4200+ 2 x 2.0Ghz w/1MB Cache for gaming and all other "Power Hungry" programs?
    
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post #10 of 17
The difference in cache used to be quantified as "a 5% increase" in performance with the larger cache, but yes, the 170 will be better than the 4200.
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