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Old 01-16-2007, 02:56 PM   #1
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Intel core2duo vs.amd opteron dual core

Dear all,

I am shopping for a new processor and motherboard to upgrade to from my kanotix 2005-4, athlonxp 1600+. I am trying to decide between the intel e6600 conroe dual core 2.4ghz for $317.00 from newegg or the AMD Opteron 185 Denmark 2.6GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor for $335.00. I have seen some comparisons with amd x2's and the conroe but not any with this opteron and this conroe.

I do music and movie editing. I want to give Cinelerra a try and they recommended amd opteron dual core but I believe this article was before the intel conroe's came out. I do not want to spend more than $350.00 for a processor and want to pair it with the best and least expensive ddr capable motherboard since I wish to keep my 1 gig of ddr memory.

Any advice or suggestions are welcome.

Thank you,

Old 01-16-2007, 05:54 PM   #2
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The reason that there are "none" of those benchmarks is probably because the conroe E6600 is meant for workstations, and the opterons we're originally designed for servers.

Opteron vs Xeon benchmarks .. there are enough of those.
The battle of Intel Conroe versus Amd Athlon still rages.

You probably can get more information here:

IMHO this is the best place to go for reviews about products. You probably can find information here about the conroe and the opteron, and you can make a decission by that.
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A stable version of Cinelerra is Cinelerra CVS at

Cinelerra was meant to be used on a high performance multi-processor system. The creator of Cinelerra recommended Opterons because at that time they were the fastest to decode and apply special effects in real-time. These days processors have changed. The cheapest total system is still AMD even though Intel processors may seem to be cheaper. AMD systems are easier to setup in Linux. Intel system with the Core 2 Duo processors are a bit harder because you need to pass special kernel parameters at the boot loader. With the Core 2 Duo processors, do not use a kernel less than 2.6.19. Either processor will work, but I would pick AMD because they are cheaper and you can use your original DDR memory.

For any computer, I recommend buying ECC memory and a very, very good power supply. ECC memory will help minimize problems when using two processors or more. The power supply brands that I recommend are Enermax, Seasonic, and Zalman.
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Thank you for your answers. I now feel confident making a decision. I am 90% positive I will go amd so thank you for clearing the questions I had.




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