Originally Posted by Loki
Servers(opterons) are meant to run 24/7, day in and day out. Athlons are made for the Average user.
They are basically the same chip, except opterons are Tested longer for 24/7 use
Heheh, you have any proof of any way,shape,or form to back that? You're absolutely nuts if you think Opterons are tested any more rigorously than Athlons or any other chip they manufacture. And no, they don't use better silicon,either. Compare an Opteron vs Athlon at equal clock speeds and you'll see that the Athlon slightly outperforms it. Why? Is it because Athlons are tested more? No. Is it because they use better silicon on Athlons? No. There's only 1 of 2 possibilities: 1) The cache settings are relaxed on the Opterons in order to increase stability...or 2) The memory controller settings are relaxed on the Opterons. That would explain not only the excellent overclocking of the Opterons, but also the slightly lower performance at equal clock speeds. Again, I challenge you to scrape up any form of proof that Opterons are tested to a higher level than any other chip AMD makes.