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Can I run an opteron CPU?

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I noticed that the motherboard will run a sempron, but I have no idea if it will run an opteron. I'm upgrading to a dual core CPU but I'm not sure what will work and what won't.

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I see no reason why it wouldn't. So long as its socket 939 and not 940. There aren't that many makers that "officially" support Optys but for the most part they will run in most 939 boards.

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Lots of people run Opterons on this board, but DFI officially don't support it at the request of AMD.

 

They are almost, if not totally, identical to certain Athlons anyway, but with a different name. Just make sure you get a socket 939 and not 940 :)

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Yeah, I've got the 939 board.

 

Ok, which is a better CPU, the Opteron or the Athlon 64 x2? I notice that the x2s have the HT at 2000Mhz and the Opterons at 1000Mhz.

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Yeah, I've got the 939 board.

 

Ok, which is a better CPU, the Opteron or the Athlon 64 x2? I notice that the x2s have the HT at 2000Mhz and the Opterons at 1000Mhz.

 

They both have the HT at 2000MHz.

 

I would go for the Opteron because they are easier to be found. Athlon X2's have somewhat disappeared. Plus, with an Opteron you get double the cache (unless you order an X2 4400/4800) and they usually overclock higher too.

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Ok, a couple stupid questions then.

 

1. Newegg seems to insist that the Opterons are 1000MHz HT rather than a 2000MHz HT. Does anyone know why? If it is true, how much real world performance does it mean?

 

2. If it really has a 2000MHz HT, then what is the difference between, say, an Opteron 165 and an equivalently clocked X2 w/1MB L2 cache... uh, other than model number?

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Best regards,

 

Scott

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Ok, a couple stupid questions then.

 

1. Newegg seems to insist that the Opterons are 1000MHz HT rather than a 2000MHz HT. Does anyone know why? If it is true, how much real world performance does it mean?

 

2. If it really has a 2000MHz HT, then what is the difference between, say, an Opteron 165 and an equivalently clocked X2 w/1MB L2 cache... uh, other than model number?

 

Thanks for your help!

 

Best regards,

 

Scott

 

1) Probably just a goofup. Dunno what the performance hit would be.

 

2) I would say none.

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Thanks for the quick response.

 

1. I checked AMD's web site and, sure enough, it does appear to be a typo on the part of Newegg. Go figure.

 

2. Since there doesn't seem to be any practical difference between the Opterons and X2's, I guess I'm going to have to check out the various Opteron OC threads to see which one makes the most sense.

 

Thanks again!

 

Scott

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Thanks for the quick response.

 

1. I checked AMD's web site and, sure enough, it does appear to be a typo on the part of Newegg. Go figure.

 

2. Since there doesn't seem to be any practical difference between the Opterons and X2's, I guess I'm going to have to check out the various Opteron OC threads to see which one makes the most sense.

 

Thanks again!

 

Scott

 

No problem!

 

1) I highly doubt Newegg would care about a typo, all they would care about is getting your business (and thus your money).

 

2) Most people here own 165s or 170s. They will usually clock the same. Just look for any CPU with a stepping of CCBBE.

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