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I ment for my future overclocking adventures Found a sweet spot with this one already.

Just thinking about upgrading and not sure what(or even if) i should get.
Kinda in the same boat, planning upgrades for if and when... I'm trying to decide between an X2 4400+ or a cheaper Opteron alternative though...
    
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S939 Opterons are basically locked and under-clocked FX chips...I would DEFINITELY get one over the mainstream X2. Sure, mine overclocks pretty good, but i'm willing to bet that a dual-core Opteron can run 2.8+ all day, as opposed to my 2.6.
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S939 Opterons are basically locked and under-clocked FX chips...I would DEFINITELY get one over the mainstream X2. Sure, mine overclocks pretty good, but i'm willing to bet that a dual-core Opteron can run 2.8+ all day, as opposed to my 2.6.
That's not entirely accurate. Not all Opterons are overclocking beasts, in fact it might even be safe to say the majority aren't. It's dependant on which stepping you get, which is just luck of the draw unless you can hand pick the chip off the retail shelf. I haven't really heard much of spectacular overclocks with the Opterons, while there are some 3800+ X2 overclocks out there that are quite impressive. Now that said, it may be in your best interest to get the Opteron because it seems like the chances of getting a good one are higher than those of getting a good X2, but you can't and shouldn't expect it to be monster overclocker.
    
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That's not entirely accurate. Not all Opterons are overclocking beasts, in fact it might even be safe to say the majority aren't. It's dependant on which stepping you get, which is just luck of the draw unless you can hand pick the chip off the retail shelf. I haven't really heard much of spectacular overclocks with the Opterons, while there are some 3800+ X2 overclocks out there that are quite impressive. Now that said, it may be in your best interest to get the Opteron because it seems like the chances of getting a good one are higher than those of getting a good X2, but you can't and shouldn't expect it to be monster overclocker.
I'm guessing you haven't seen the xtremesystems forums. Pretty much everyone there gets 3.0Ghz+ on air or water. Same with all the big OC'ers at Pimprig. I haven't seen a socket 939 Opteron that doesn't OC well.

Think about it...they have to be more solid because they are marketed towards server work. That means lots of stress, and that means choice silicon.

I'm sure there's a dud here and there...it's like that with everything.
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I'm guessing you haven't seen the xtremesystems forums. Pretty much everyone there gets 3.0Ghz+ on air or water. Same with all the big OC'ers at Pimprig. I haven't seen a socket 939 Opteron that doesn't OC well.

Think about it...they have to be more solid because they are marketed towards server work. That means lots of stress, and that means choice silicon.

I'm sure there's a dud here and there...it's like that with everything.
Well that's Xtremesystems and Pimprig, good for them. There have been several members here that got "duds." They don't overclock bad per se, there just wasn't much 3GHz on air or water going on. I got lucky, my Opteron does 2.8GHz on stock voltage on basically stock cooling. But go ask Mr. Mummbles what he thought of his Opteron... I'm not saying the Opterons don't overclock well, I'm ecstatic with mine, I'm just saying don't count on it being a 3GHz+ chip because not all of them are. Call me a pesimist, I say I'm just a realist, and I'd hate to start bouting off about how all Opterons do 3GHz on air, then some poor guy spends his hard-earned money on one and gets a dud. Gotta take everything you read on the Internet with a couple pinches of salt, there's always exceptions, and they're often the things you don't read about.
    
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Do the DFI nF4 mobos support opterons?
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Do the DFI nF4 mobos support opterons?
Not "officially" i.e. DFI doesn't officially provide support for them, but they will work since they're Socket 939 processors.
    
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Since newegg wont be having the A8n32 in stock till the 31st i was considering going with the A8n SLI-premium. My question is will my system be able to boot up with an opteron 170 processor without a bios update when I first build the system. If not should I go with the x2?



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I say go with the opteron cause it has a 1mb cache
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