for INTEL lovers, you got dual xeon 2.8GHZ performance in one chip, and it costs only $249..... I guess you can get two opteron 240s for the same price, but the MB and memory cost will be much higher (but again, benches show one opteron 244 beats dual xeon 3.06GHZ, 2 opteron 240 should be much faster than 2 xeon 2.8, so it is a tough choice, depending on applications you run)
The pentium D chip is out of stock everywhere... guess it's very popular.
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Another one of these posts...my first impression was, 'hey, he's not ranting about AMD, he's actually commending Intel', and then you go ahead and rant about these benchmarks you seem to have that totally sides this thread with AMD. I don't think you should be posting here anymore. Seems you're trying to start some kind of AMD-Intel flame war where you think you will win to make youself feel better. Unless you can back up these benchmark and claims of yours, please move elseware.
To be serious, if DELL can sell Pentium D dual core servers for $499, that can be a great value. INTEL sells Pentiium D for $249, DELL can probably get it for $149, then add some cheap MB for $49 plus a 1GB of memory and 160GB SATA, a 2P server that outperforms 2P xeon for $499....
That could potentially change the 2P server landscape....
Gigabyte Ga-8n-sli Royal (NForce4) - rebooted three times. The motherboard got hosed when they tried to update to a beta BIOS that was supposed to reduce Northbridge temperatures.
Epox Ep-5nva+sli (NForce4) - smelled smoke when turned on. Turned itself off while still in BIOS. Manual specifically states that it supports "Pentium D dual core processor from 3 GHz and above." That's their problem. An 840EE is not a Pentium D, it apparently takes even more power! They report that the voltage regulators probably burned up. Also notice the weirdness that the Epox board won't work with 2.8 GHz Pentium D's.
Asus P5nd2-sli (NForce4) - this one rebooted relatively soon also, so they gave up on it, and on NForce4, without trying any BIOS update.
Intel D955XBK #1 (Intel 955X chipset) -- simply did not work. Intel-based boards don't support NVidia SLI properly, so they redefined the stress test to use only one 6800. It's not clear whether they actually removed the 2nd PCIe board from the AMD system.
Intel D955XBK #2 (Intel 955X chipset) -- did not work either.
Asus P5WD2 Premium with 955X chipset -- currently running, I guess, the 6th motherboard tried!
WHOOPS, the Intel system did reboot once and has only been running 3H, 35M.