AMD is proud to offer the new AMD Opteron 4200 Series processor as the world’s lowest power-per-core server processor built to deliver unparalleled efficiency for complex, technical workloads.
Designed for power-conscious cloud deployments and ideal for IT infrastructure and collaboration, the AMD Opteron 4200 Series processor was developed from the ground up to handle demanding server workloads at the lowest possible energy draw.
Great price, DAW performance and pizzazz!
Pros: It may be a little early to write a review about my entire system, but I had to write concerning these chips. Wow!!! I used AMD in previous builds and was always impressed, but for a couple of years now I had to overlook AMD because of various none-CPU related constraints. Am I glad that is over!!! These CPUs roar when called upon (then immediately back off), they are ridiculously cheap(!) compared to "comparable" Intel CPUs (which actually aren't comparable because of the way Intel fudges their rating), and because of Valencia's features (like HT Assist) which are not "window"-dressing ... as I use the system, I'm observing their operation in real time.
Cons: They run hot when they rev up, but then rapidly cool. As AMD notes, the effect averages out to more umph with less power consumption. They don't come with heat sinks, which figures as one will want more cooling than a stock solution could offer. Newegg didn't have a choice of heat sinks, however (another con); so to expedite matters I went with the Noctua solution, which are bulky heat sinks and come with only three pin fans. But despite this, these Opteron 4284's run like champs. (I get less audio latency out of my soundcard with this system than I ever have, which from experience can't be due to the more powerful system but the I think comes about because of the HyperTransport Technology 3.0.)
Other Thoughts: I use the system for a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). While rendering, the machine runs at approx. 80% CPU capacity and utilizes ~12 MBs of RAM for usually 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Case temps run about 39C (100F), but fall to 31C (87F) ambient within 10 minutes.
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Great workstation chip
Pros: Great workstation chip, 8 cores, 8 MB cache, good pricing!
Other Thoughts: For those looking for a C32 CPU cooler... don't. C32 takes the same coolers as the older socket F. 3.5" bolt spacing, they are identical. Most C32 motherboards also come with brackets that allow all AM2/AM3 coolers to work too. So stop searching for a C32 cooler, there are none that are specific to this socket! FYI I'm using a Dynatron F558 cooler on this chip, with a Supermicro H8SCM motherboard. FYI that mobo requires a BIOS update to use these new 4200 series CPU's.
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Socket C32 not G32
Pros: None of the 4100 series server cpus are listed because newegg has messed up the socket. GET IT RIGHT!
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