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Thanks Duke, I guess I'll just get the retail version then. I didn't really want to start a new thread, but I figured it would get better visibility. Thanks for checking both!
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All said and done, go with the Sandy....I run my rock solid at 2916 on air@1.585v....temps run 31c idle and 44 loaded...you will not be sorry for getting the san diego, and your wife will love you even more because you saved a few bucks over the opty.....go figutre...lol
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i run my san diego at 2.915 at 1.5v on stock air. I love my 3700+ great buy. Someday AMD will turn thier back on all the operton owners with this "fad" there already giving you a warning by raising the prices.
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well I decided to get the opty. They both are E4 so they will probably clock about the same... but I figure since the optys are made with higher quality silicone and are put through more rigorous testing that I'll hopefully get one that will clock higher. If not, then oh well...

but even if it will only do 2.6 (which I really hope it will go higher) I figure I'll still get more performance than my current cpu. It will have double the cache and w/ a DFI expert board I'll be able to run my RAM at a 1T command rate instead of the 2T I'm stuck at w/ my Asus board. So worst case senario I'll be ahead of the game.
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well I decided to get the opty. They both are E4 so they will probably clock about the same... but I figure since the optys are made with higher quality silicone and are put through more rigorous testing that I'll hopefully get one that will clock higher. If not, then oh well...

but even if it will only do 2.6 (which I really hope it will go higher) I figure I'll still get more performance than my current cpu. It will have double the cache and w/ a DFI expert board I'll be able to run my RAM at a 1T command rate instead of the 2T I'm stuck at w/ my Asus board. So worst case senario I'll be ahead of the game.
the best way to determin stepping before you buy is check out the model, I found this out on newegg.com

Model ADA3700BNBOX basically an E4 stepping and it can withstand 70C

not to scare you off from the optys but just keep in mind once you get it and overclock it and IF something goes wrong you cant return it cause you dont have it in a server. but with the 3700+ sandy, something goes wrong RMA that *****.

dont worry though whatever choice you pick we'll be here to help you overclock it
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yeah, I checked on newegg adn they were both E4... so they should be about the same.

how would AMD know it wasn't used in a server?
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post #47 of 50
They wouldn't and that was some false information he just fed you. You made a great choice. Dont worry about the steppings at all, you have greater than 80% chance of getting to 2.8 IMO.
Welcome to the opterown club...lol
I will be glad to help you clock that sucker.
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Thanks! I think I'm going to need some help... LOL. I downloaded the manual for the DFI Expert board and started looking through it yesterday... the bios almost scares me! it's like learning to OC all over again!
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I too just ordered the same board that tytlyf has to replace my epox to maybe fix my voltage problem. tytlyf get ready to give me test settings!
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no problem, I just wished you would have tested another board first with your same components to see if it was the problem....
I bet it was, the DFI board is excellent....I just hope that power supply is quality, cause if it's not, the DFI might not like it or even be stable at all...they need about 480w of "quality" power.
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