Opteron 148 or Athlon 64 3700+
Posted 01 January 2006 - 05:04 PM
Any opinions on these processors? Help me decide which one to get...
Posted 02 January 2006 - 03:03 AM
"I'm playing games so why would I need a workstation motherboard that only supports ECC-REG memory to play games on?"
You probably would not unless you also intend to use that workstation as a graphics/video editing machine. Also note that all Opteron CPU's use the socket 940 motherboard and are not pin compatible with the socket 939 boards.
I would stick with the Athlon 3500~3800 machine with a socket 939 and non-ECC memory in a dual-channel configuration. This way you can upgrade to either the FX/X2 series CPU's as well sometime in the future.
Just my $0.03 worth
Posted 02 January 2006 - 03:32 AM
Posted 02 January 2006 - 05:11 AM
I've only built a few dual-Opteron servers based around the 2xx series and using some very nice Tyan motherboards for graphic workstations for a couple of clients
If indeed you can find an Opteron socket 939 then I see no reason why you would have to use ECC-REG memory as I've yet to see a desktop board use ECC, except the Intel 975 chipset boards.
So I would say if you can find one then great, but look at the FSB speed and see if it's the same as the Athlon 64 CPU you are looking at and how much L2 cache does it come with, like 1MB vs. 512K.
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