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Hello,

I have a msi-970a-g43, g46 and a gigabyte ma-ga74gm-s2h laying around. I want to have a Opteron to try it since i will use alot of windows server 2008 and maybe a bit game benchmarking to see how good or bad a Opteron is for games.

Does someone know what opterons will work with these mobos?

I cant find alot on the web regarding opterons on normal mainboards instead of a server board.

Otherwise im looking at buying a old workstation but something i would like to avoid smile.gif
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Both msi-970a-g43 andmsi-970a-g46 can use Opteron 3380.
gigabyte ma-ga74gm-s2h can use Opteron 1210.
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So basically all opterons that are am2,am2+ or am3 will fit my mobos? Looking into a quad core atleast with 2ghz+. I am really wondering since there are no opterons in the support lists.
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Originally Posted by Leviathan97 View Post

Hello,

I have a msi-970a-g43, g46 and a gigabyte ma-ga74gm-s2h laying around. I want to have a Opteron to try it since i will use alot of windows server 2008 and maybe a bit game benchmarking to see how good or bad a Opteron is for games.

Does someone know what opterons will work with these mobos?

I cant find alot on the web regarding opterons on normal mainboards instead of a server board.

Otherwise im looking at buying a old workstation but something i would like to avoid smile.gif


You won't find an Opteron 3380 anywhere. No reason you would want to. It is slower than an 8350 by a good amount. It also has a locked multiplier. As far as a Opteron 1210. I have an old Tyan server board sporting one. It is so slow as to be not even usable.
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There's no reason to run an Opteron. Opterons were a great buy in the K8 days, because they were fully functional A64 chips that happened to be made on better silicon and would fit into any ordinary S939 motherboard. But those days are long past.

An Opty 3380 is just a downclocked, locked-down FX chip that is certified by AMD for servers, with the price tag to boot. Office Depot will sell you one for $296.99 right now. Spend about half that much and get an FX-8320e instead. It's literally the same chip, only it's much faster. Just don't try to overclock it any on those MSI boards.
     
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Originally Posted by jsc1973 View Post

There's no reason to run an Opteron. Opterons were a great buy in the K8 days, because they were fully functional A64 chips that happened to be made on better silicon and would fit into any ordinary S939 motherboard. But those days are long past.

An Opty 3380 is just a downclocked, locked-down FX chip that is certified by AMD for servers, with the price tag to boot. Office Depot will sell you one for $296.99 right now. Spend about half that much and get an FX-8320e instead. It's literally the same chip, only it's much faster. Just don't try to overclock it any on those MSI boards.


Don't have either of those MSI boards but read enough here to know they are the worst ATX AM3+ boards in history.
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