The new opteron cpus are now public. one is affordable to the the home user.

$300 - Opteron 240 1.4ghz
$708 - Opteron 242 1.6ghz
$849 - Opteron 244 1.8ghz


I Would get the Opteron 240, however, i want a faster cpu. i will wait. Now i start to make sure my applications do not break on these 64bit cpus.
Posted on 2003-05-27 16:10:02 by Qages
I guess it's time to change your location to 'x86-64 or bust' :grin:
Posted on 2003-05-27 16:53:01 by Starless
what is opteron? is that the amd mobile model?
Posted on 2003-05-27 17:43:28 by Hiroshimator
lol far from it. its a amd 64 bit cpu, well for servers. but it can be single processor too for home use.
Posted on 2003-05-27 18:21:53 by Qages
The best thing is that the opteron has 16 general purpose 64-bit registers, 16 MMX registers, 16 XMM registers, supports SSE2, and is still x86-32 compatible.
Posted on 2003-05-27 18:36:11 by bitRAKE
with some compatibility mode or some like that
Posted on 2003-05-27 19:33:00 by rea
They better up the GHz rating though.
Posted on 2003-05-27 20:54:36 by sluggy
thats for when the amd athlon 64 comes out, thell be bigger.
Posted on 2003-05-27 22:39:07 by Qages
I know, I've been babbeliong about it in a few posts already (parheps your not one of my dedicated fans ;))

I just can't wait untill a reseler also sells a mobo that fits the CPU (they've got Model 240 & 242 not 244, yet), I think I'll go for Opteron instead of Athlong64 (since it'll take some time for it come). I've been dreaming about having a cluter ystem with Opterons, the only issue I have to solve is how to raise the monay, perhaps rob a bank or hack every bank in the world.
I'd like to see how fast a Opteron system feel, running linux (which has suppport for it, and has had it for some time now, vivala Linux!), I wonder how fast for instance Wine-ed apps would run.

Sluggy GHz isn't all, as you probably know servers often have a few "slower" CPUs, doing SMP (or what they call a MP system), I wonder how fast games would run with AGP 8x.

hgb, first the CPU initializes as todays 32-bit CPUs, to access the 64-bit world you must enter the socalled Long Mode, which is a it like 32-bit CPUs pmode, but this time we're going 64-bit, connical (addressing mode, I feel like I need to re-read the manual again, I remeber somthing about RAX prefix). Hope fully this will be something like the 80386, a evolution towards 64-bit computing for everyone. (even the mortal users, I hope they'll get used to the Linux interface, I wonder is there some Unified Interface Specification/Recomendation that can be applied to all OSes and computers (Mac, PC))
Posted on 2003-05-27 23:28:12 by scientica
48 bits of addressing. i dont want to even imagein how big those page tables are.:eek: ::eek: :eek: :eek:
Posted on 2003-05-27 23:31:15 by Qages