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 09/28/2004 10:11 AM
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blanda
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Dear all,

I dont have any hardware knowledge but I want to buy a OPTERON 2-way server. It will be bought in prts and will be assembled for me by a friend, who is former Dell employee.

However, we have the follwing question (maybe a silly one but we really don't know)

If I want a dual processor system, do I have to buy two
AMD Opteron 244 (S940, 1,8GHz, 1MB, Boxed), or just one? If yes, why the big price difference between een single 144 and a single 244?

What does the "boxed" mean? We really don't have a clue.

My server will be used as a web, database and application server for small to medium sized mis systems. Which motherboard and memory should I use?

Brgds
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 09/28/2004 10:33 AM
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ZapWizard
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To run a dual setup you need two 200 series Opteron processors.

Tyan motherboards are always my recommendation.
Kingston HyperX registered is also great memory for Opterons.

The Boxed should mean the CPU is a processor-in-a-box, or retail package.

The advantage is that you get an approved heatsink, thermal interface, and three year warrenty. (none of which you will get when buying a OEM cpu)
FYI: The three year warrently is only on Opterons, Athlon64's and FX's have a one year.

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 09/28/2004 10:35 AM
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QUOTE If I want a dual processor system, do I have to buy two
AMD Opteron 244 (S940, 1,8GHz, 1MB, Boxed), or just one?
Well, you *can* run only a single processor on a dual-Socket 940 motherboard, but if you want a dual-CPU setup, you will obviously need two processors.

Also, if you want to run two processors, you will have to buy 2xx-series Opterons(e.g. Opteron 240/242/244/etc.) - 1xx-series Opterons will NOT work in a dual-CPU configuration.
QUOTE why the big price difference between een single 144 and a single 244?
Like i said above, an Opteron 244 can be used in a dual-CPU configuration while an Opteron 144 can only be used in a uniprocessor(single-CPU) configuration.
Unlike the Opteron 144, the 244 model features one coherent Hypertransport-link for communication with another processor - the 144 model only features non-coherent HT-links.
QUOTE What does the "boxed" mean? We really don't have a clue.
A retail or 'boxed' AMD processor comes in a sealed plastic or cardboard box which contains the processor itself, an appropriate Heatsink & Fan(CPU-cooler), installation instructions, certificate of authenticity and a nice case-sticker
Furthermore, retail/boxed parts come with a 3yr-warranty from AMD.

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 09/29/2004 08:40 AM
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for ram i wouldnt suggest the hyper-x but get the corsair type listed in my sig. if you really want hyper-x, i can sell you my gig that i pulled, it still works, it just doesnt perform like the corsair.

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