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    Why are they even talking bout it beatin the pentium 4 3.2 ghZ? (website at http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=11339) I mean its not going to even proabaly come out till the 2nd quarter of 2004. By then theres gonna be the prescott, which should blow it away anywayz. But i do think intel is making a big mistake by sticking to 32 bit cpus for now, since almost every company now has their own 64 bit cpu class. By the way, since the new itanium 2 is coming out thats affordable(http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/dis...902151731.html), should i buy that instead of an opteron? I am a gamer, but i also use heavy workloads of video editing.

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    first of all, the Athlon64 comes out in 3 weeks

    secondly, I started a thread on this exact topic nearly 2 hours ago:

    http://forums.tweaktown.com/showthre...threadid=13073

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    I've gone too far and need to move on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilhplaya06
    Why are they even talking bout it beatin the pentium 4 3.2 ghZ? (website at http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=11339) I mean its not going to even proabaly come out till the 2nd quarter of 2004. By then theres gonna be the prescott, which should blow it away anywayz. But i do think intel is making a big mistake by sticking to 32 bit cpus for now, since almost every company now has their own 64 bit cpu class. By the way, since the new itanium 2 is coming out thats affordable(http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/dis...902151731.html), should i buy that instead of an opteron? I am a gamer, but i also use heavy workloads of video editing.
    Go with the Athlon 64 for gaming.
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    I don't think 64 bit and gaming really go together, which is why the opteron would be better since it can handle both 32 and 64 bit operations.

    With itaniums coming out for such a low price, I wonder what will happen to the xeon and xeon mp's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieVen
    I don't think 64 bit and gaming really go together, which is why the opteron would be better since it can handle both 32 and 64 bit operations.

    With itaniums coming out for such a low price, I wonder what will happen to the xeon and xeon mp's.
    The Athlon 64/FX ARE Opterons......they handle 32 and 64 bit...

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    Originally posted by [b]Soulburner
    The Athlon 64/FX ARE Opterons......they handle 32 and 64 bit...
    Soulburner : Yes and No...
    Athlon64 and Opteron are NOT the same ! But both CPU's do handle 32bit and 64 bit.

    -The Athlon64 is designed for gaming and general use, has 754 pins, a single memory controller and can have 1 or 2 cpu's per mobo.

    -The Opteron is designed for server and workstation use, has 940 pins, dual memory controllers and can have up to 8 cpu's per mobo.
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    And the Athlon FX is based on the Opteron though missin' 1 pin (939 pins) so it can't be used in a multi CPU setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E^vol
    Soulburner : Yes and No...
    Athlon64 and Opteron are NOT the same ! But both CPU's do handle 32bit and 64 bit.

    -The Athlon64 is designed for gaming and general use, has 754 pins, a single memory controller and can have 1 or 2 cpu's per mobo.

    -The Opteron is designed for server and workstation use, has 940 pins, dual memory controllers and can have up to 8 cpu's per mobo.
    The Athlon 64 and FX processors are basically Opterons, I thought you knew this.

    The FX will be the faster of the two, and will be 939 pins vs the Opterons 940 (physically the same chip). The 1 pin that is missing is the one that allows SMP operation like was said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E^vol
    Soulburner :-The Athlon64 is designed for gaming and general use, has 754 pins, a single memory controller and can have 1 or 2 cpu's per mobo.
    Athlon 64 will not have SMP support
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    I believe the one missing pin on the FX is the pin that allows up to eight CPUs in an Opteron setup. The FX will be limited to dual CPU at the most. I may be wrong but I'm fairly sure this is the case. The 64 will be strictly single CPU.
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