AMD Processors

  AndyC121 14:22 10 Jan 2006

I had been considering getting an AMD X2 Dual Processor (probably 4400 or 4800), I have since been recommended the AMD Opteron range.

The computer is for home use (internet and gaming).

Can the Opteron range be used in home computers, what are the advantages of these over the X2 range (and vice versa).

Any help much appreciated.

  reklan 15:12 10 Jan 2006

If you want one for gaming you are better off sticking with the Athlon 64 x2 dual core./ or the Cheaper Athlon 64 range.

The Operton Range is main used in workstations and servers.

I owuld have a read here to see the differnces between the types..

click here

  Rayuk 17:06 10 Jan 2006

The reason I think you have been recommended the Opteron is that they overclock extremely well and are a bargain at the price.

  AndyC121 21:09 10 Jan 2006

Thanks for coming back to me


If they overclock well, and are a bargain - is there any reason why the big PC manufacturers aren't including them in their Home Systems?

  Mr Mistoffelees 21:34 10 Jan 2006

They want you to pay more for a faster cpu, not save money buying a slower one and then overclocking. Or am I being a tad cynical?

  Totally-braindead 23:58 10 Jan 2006

Aren't the opterons more expensive than the standard cpus?

  007al 00:13 11 Jan 2006

I use an Opteron 146,socket 939 in my gaming pc.As standard,its 2GHz.At the moment,i have it running at 2.8 on air cooling,and it runs in the mid twenty degree mark when idle.They are a top end cpu with lowered clock speed so they run cooler in a server that is in constant use.Best part is,i paid a little over £100 for it,and to get a cpu with the speed and performance i have,i would need to spend around £600 for the Athlon FX range.
There is some good reading on the Opteron here click here

  AndyC121 09:44 11 Jan 2006


thanks for the info, you have backed up what the computer manufacturer has said - i.e they work out cheaper than Athlon X2's and can be overclocked to some v.impressive speeds.

All I need to do now is choose which.

  Joe R 12:45 13 Jan 2006


yes these cpu's may be cheaper than the Athlon x2, and fx range, but the mobos are a lot more expensive, and so is the memory, as you will have to use registered dimms.

  007al 15:56 13 Jan 2006

No,these are for socket 939,and use standard memory

  Joe R 19:19 13 Jan 2006


sorry mate, just jumped in earlier, without thinking.

Have had a look at the 939 opterons, and may think about the idea for myself.

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