Originally posted by RockyZ
What makes you think that the Fx-57 can't be overclocked? I've seen many people run their Fx-57 at 3.5+ GHZ stable, and uses it everyday. Can your opterons do that? No.
Thats the catch. You can't overclock a FX-57 very much without running into heat issues. The FX series may use the better silicon, but its not that much better than normal processors. A FX-57 processor clocked at 2.8GHz is already close to it's thermal limits. 3.5GHz from a FX-57 on air cooling is just not done, it won't happen. It IS, however, possible from single-core Opterons, but only in extremely rare circumstances. I think the record for the highest clocked Opteron 100 on air cooling is 3.5GHz, so yea, world record = rare. Basically, the FX-57 is for those that either don't have the brains to overclock (pretty sad), are against overclocking because of misinformation or ignorance (also pretty sad), or have to choice due to supply or something (pretty sad that such a place would exist
A $170 Opteron 144 can often be overclocked to 2.8GHz to rival the FX-57 is every possible way, so no, a FX-57 is in no way worth it.