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If you're interested in servers with multi-core, multi-CPU performance, when samples finally arrive (after this paper launch) for quad core Opterons they should provide a ton of extra performance in the same amount of space, while rivalling Intel's current and future Xeon offerings.

If you're still swaying towards Xeons, not having to worry about buying expensive FB-DIMMs for starters should be enough to hold off in itself. AMDs proven HyperTransport solution should continue to scale perfectly as you add more CPUs, compared to Intel's single MCH Xeon platform.

On the Phenom front, things aren't so rosy as this won't arrive until Q3 (next month at the earliest). However, since Phenom is only tipped for the high end and the cheaper X2 variants are due even later in Q4 of this year, this means that Intel will continue to hold the price to performance crown for the majority of users, unless AMD can deliver a very attractively priced Phenom X4. The playing field has almost entirely changed, especially since Intel's value 2100-series processors was recently released, with chips costing as little as £50 (inc VAT).

These, along with the low-mid range Core 2 Duos, should continue to obliterate Athlon 64 X2 or Sempron offerings. It will be interesting to see how AMD reacts, perhaps with further price cuts. That won't benefit the companies shaky bottom line, but it'll certainly benefit the consumer either way.

It still looks like AMD has something exceptionally powerful on paper, and finally a true competitor to Intel's Core as we peer through the glass, nose pressed against the surface, but until we get hold of one to test all bets should remain off. Intel's 1333MHz FSB quad core CPUs and eventually 45nm Penryn are due in a similar short term timeframe. So until the silicon tumbles into place, judgement should be reserved to the realms of fanboys as to who will win the next battle in the CPU war.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/200...core_opteron/1
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opteron 165 @2.5Ghz (278x9) -- 1.375v asus a8n-e GIGABYTE HD3850 512MB 780/880 2 x 1GB OCZ Platinum DDR400 2.5-3-2-8 @228Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2 80GB 7200.10's in RAID 0; 1 320GB 7200.10 memorex DVD+-DL Win7 x64 and Vista x64 samsung 906BW 19in. WS 
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coolerMaster 450W 
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