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Why do people prefer Opteron? Is there something about this CPU? and If I decide to run Opteron, then wouldn't I have to use a server motherboard? Can they work the same way a gaming PC can work? Like can you load Windows XP and have high-end video card with out any problems? Can the be over clock(CPU)?
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Opteron's have higher standards since they are used in servers. So they overclock better, in general, than regular AMD chips. You don't have to have a special board to use one (I'm pretty sure, correct me quickly if I'm wrong.)

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EDIT: By standards I mean that they have more stringent quality control on the chip. That way when servers run them they do not crash as often. Overclockers take advantage of the extra quality control and can get more MHz out of the chip.
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Yeah - they can be used with pretty much any desktop 939 board, and they are amazing overclockers if you get hold of a good stepping
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Yeah - they can be used with pretty much any desktop 939 board, and they are amazing overclockers if you get hold of a good stepping
so, they will work with socket 939? and what about gaming on them, any good?
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The Opteron Architecture is generally better Over the X2 CPU'S. Thus this can lead to much better overclocks such as the Opterno 165 that can reach up to 3ghz and beyond.

There are two types of Opteron CPU'S

Socket 940 Server Opterons
Socket 939 Desktop Opterons....Such as mine.

The Opteron Cpu;s are Good at gaming Yes.
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For me it was a few things I was looking at the FX-55 and the opty 146, from everything I had found about oc'ing the FX said it was a lousy oc'er and that the opty was a great oc'er aside from that with the benchmarks with the opty running at the same clock speed as the FX the opty outperformed the FX all the way around. Also at the time the FX from newegg was $220 and the opty was $91 so I went with the opty
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so, they will work with socket 939? and what about gaming on them, any good?
Great at anything, the opteron is truly an all-around chip. You cant go wrong with an opteron, it can do anything you need it to short of fetching the newspaper. Look for CCBBE steppings for best overclocking results.
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Gaming should be good - check over at DFI-Street for stock speeds
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Oh yea, and btw, my default clock speed on this chip(below) is 2.0Ghz I have had it as high as 2.9 but it was unstable so I had to back it down. However she will run at 2.8 all day
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well, on the opterons, they have double the cache of their X2 component, but they are much more stable because they have to hold up massive servers, so they can be clocked higher and still be stable.

Im getting an opty for Christmas, so yeah, waiting for it to rock my sox off.
    
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