View Full Version : Keep it or take it back?

05-26-07, 12:07 AM
Wandering around Fry's today and a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600/mobo combo + 2gbs of OCZ DDR2 ram just fell into my hands. :o

I've been hearing good things about the "Core 2" series and Folding. Anybody know how the "Core 2s" stack up against Opterons?

I can't seem to find any Opteron vs. Core 2 Quad benches but I did find a Core 2 Quad vs. FX-70 article and the Core 2 Quad seems to be pretty impressive.


I wonder how the Core 2 Quad compares to my dual Opty 885's?

At $499 + another $109 for the ram, it wasn't exactly a cheap buy. What do you guys think, keep it or take it back and if so, why?

05-26-07, 03:34 AM
Try this review (http://www.techreport.com/reviews/2006q4/xeon-vs-opteron/index.x?pg=1) Goobs.:thumb:

Basically, the Woodcrest Xeon's are ruling the roost for the most part. As for the price per performance aspect, grab a couple Woodcrest Xeon 5320's (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N82E16819117115) for less than the price of a couple AMD Opteron 285's, add a couple pieces of electrical tape to pin G30 and you have a couple of ~$900 equivalent processors (Xeon 5345) that'll beat those 885's easily in most tasks.

I know you're into DC'ing on a program that's more MHz biased than memory biased but we're still talking 8 x 2.33GHz(Intel) vs 4 x 2.6GHz(AMD).

05-26-07, 03:41 AM
Clock for clock the Core 2 will destroy the opteron. Your optys are 2.6?

Even stock at 2.4 the quad should beat it. Should OC decently too.

Core 2s are folding beasts.

05-26-07, 03:46 AM
Yup, I was considering the Xeons but I'll wait until next the next batch of price drops. By year end, the high end ones should be pretty low as Intel has their second generations ones on the road map for release.

In the mean while, I think the cheaper Core 2 Quad series might be good for a few laughs. :nod:

All AMD has at the moment is vaporware and FX-70 series dual cores. :rolleyes:

05-26-07, 04:56 AM
AMD has the 6000+ that is actually able to compete with the 6600/6700 core 2 duo depending on the benchmark, priced well too.