Originally Posted by Dr. House
Well, take this with a grain of salt Wooster:
I'm not familiar with OC'ing AMDs, but if you get an Opteron, will you have to change your motherboard?
I'm asking because if you do have to change your mobo, have you considered a Core 2 Duo processor? Even a low end 1.83 ghz is about 180 dollars. Core 2 Duos overclock really well and are extremely cool as far as tempertures go.
But, if you don't need to change motherboards for the Opy, than why bother? You'll still get the power you want, regardless.
However, either route you choose, I'd wait just a bit longer as far as making a purchase decision. With Quad Core on the scene, prices are bound to go down a bit more.
Just a suggestion, I hope it helps.
Originally Posted by wallypa
Wooster, here's a good link to give you a basic idea on how simple (or complex) overclocking the 165 is.
Here's an anandtech forum that discusses overclocking in more detail:
When I bought my 165 rig last year (from the for sale forum), it was already oc'd at 2.4. I planned to oc it to at least 2.6, but at this point, I really don't see any need for it because I'm quite satisfied with the performance at 2.4. When the need arises, I'll definitely oc it to 2.6 or 2.8.
Never had any problem with temp. My cpu temp at idle is about 22.5c. System temp is around 29.5c.
Here's my cpu's description from cpu-z:
Name: AMD Opteron 165 (UP)
Code Name: Toledo
Brand ID: 44
Package: Socket 939
Family: Model: 3 Stepping: 2
Core Speed: 2402.6 Mhz
HTT: 300.3 Mhz
Stepping Code: OSA165DAA6CD CCBWE 0550UPMW
Mainboard: Abit KN8 Series (NF-CK804)
Bios: Phoenix Tech, LTD
I doubt I'd push mine passed 2.4. What kind of cooling does your rig have?