yea but the opterons lack stuff like 3dnow etc. is that correct? which would make them crappy gaming machines. i was doing some research on amd.com and i noticed that there are 2 of each model processor and the only difference seems to be in their stepping. the one i was looking at was the 3800+ X2 and this is what i noticed. there is something called Ordering P/N (Tray) and the ADA3800DAA5CD has a stepping value = E6 . the ADA3800DAA5BV version has a stepping value=E4. so now i am wondering if this stepping has something to do with the clock ratio and the ability of the cpu to be overclocked. the url is http://www.amdcompare.com/us-en/desk...=ADA3800DAA5BV
does anybody know what the stepping value really mean, i know its been around very long but i have never seen anyone talk about it on the net.
also somebody recommended DFI over Asus. what are the complaints of others because i always buy Asus because of their top class engineering. i have not seen anyone have anything close to the 8-phase power system asus has which makes their boards produce less heat than others. also Asus uses high quality capacitors which dont crack under pressure. not to mention asus unleashed the hyperpath technology making i865 boards outperform i875, lol. way to show intel whose boss, lol. not that i am resistant to change to another brand but its important to me that i know why i would be changing over and what can i expect of the product quality etc.