Let's face it, Opteron 240 is merely running at 1.4Ghz with a core similar to Athlon. The larger cache and HyperTransport will benefits the gaming environment and business applications that prefer shorter pipelines. However applications such as video encoding will perform better with Pentium 4 because of HyperThreading and Intel's NetBurst architecture.
However, we can see the potential of Athlon 64 here, if a 1.4Ghz Opteron can almost match a 3.0Ghz Pentium 4, a 2Ghz and above Athlon 64 should be able to blow the Pentium 4 away in terms of gaming. Those who want to try out 64-bit Operating System will be able to take advantage of the 64-bit support by the Opteron too. Unfortunately, Opteron requires ECC Registered RAM which makes the overall cost less attractive.
In the past, Intel has dominated the server environment, with the AMD Opteron that has more advanced architecture, better 64-bit support and HyperTransport, seems that Opteron is also a very good choice for Multi-processors Servers. Let?s see how will Intel counter-attack this.
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