workstation mobo

Ken Gunderson kgunders at
Fri Aug 12 22:33:40 GMT 2005

On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 22:53:56 +0200
Juergen Lock <nox at> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 12, 2005 at 08:58:23AM -0600, Ken Gunderson wrote:
> > Greets All:
> > 
> > I'm liking these amd opteron servers so much that I am considering
> > building an amd based workstationn.  Assumed it would be Athalon based
> > but in searching archives I note that some folks seem to prefer the
> > opterons for workstation use. Perhaps to some degree in reaction
> > to the "chipset mess".  I'm not averse to spending a bit more for the
> > opteron system but it seems to me the Opteron's CPU heatsink/fan might
> > be a bit noisy for workstation use.  And I have buddies shouting in my
> > ear to "stick w/ Intel" for workstation.  But then I also know others
> > who run AMD for their desktop machines.  Any recommends based on current
> > state of affairs in the ADM hardware world?  
> I just got a new box with an Asus A8V Deluxe board (VIA K8T800 Pro,
> Socket 939), and so far everything seems to be working.  The only
> unusual thing i had to do for FreeBSD (5.4-R) was adding a patch
> to the sk nic driver (see other thread.)

Thanks to all who responded.  I've got a buddy who swears that the 2MB
L2 cache P4's, e.g. the 640 are kicking butt on the Athalons.  I
know to some degree it boils down to personal preference and don't want
to beat the topic to death but input is appreciated since I've mostly
been building opteron as of late (and xeons before that) server class
machines so am kind of out of date on the workstation side of things.  

Best regards,

Ken Gunderson

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