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Opty 144 vs AMD 64 3000+

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Alright, so I could get an Opty 144 with CAB2E 0546UPMW stepping for $180 USD and then S&H or I could get a AMD 64 3000+ with unknown steppings for about $140 USD and no S&H.

Which would you suggest?
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I would think it's a good price seeing as all the opterons have had their prices hiked up lately. The 144 is the best choice by far and worth the extra $40

Comparison: expected overclock...

144 = 2.6-2.8ghz // 1M L2 cache

3000+ = 2.5-2.7ghz // 512k L2 cache

the 1M L2 is gonna make a good amount of difference also in speed..
 

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to get the most out of that chip you want to make sure that your motherboard can support a HTT (fsb) 300 or higher....if its not at least stable around 280-290, i wouldn't buy that chip..
 

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correct, you are probably good then with the board, and most boards do support it. But you still want to make sure just in case.
The reason I say this is because the chip has a x9 multi, you would need 300fsb to reach 2700mhz. The chip can probably run higher than 2.7, so this is why I recommended checking for stability at that high of a FSB.
 
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