AMD Opteron 2200-series Works in Quad FX Motherboards

Dave Graham has posted images of an AMD Opteron 2218 processor running on an ASUS L1N64-SLI motherboard, which is designed for AMD's Quad FX platform. The motherboard BIOS detects the processor correctly and functions properly. The ASUS L1N64-SLI is based around NVIDIA's nForce 680a SLI MCP but it is detected as the nForce 570 SLI, revision A1. It also appears that the system is using standard DDR2-667 MHz memory instead of registered ECC memory and yet there are images of the system passing Windows Vista's memory diagnostic tool to prove the stability claim. With compatibility with AMD's Opteron 2200-series processors, the pricey ASUS L1N64-SLI may just be an option for more budget-conscious buyers. When comparing the cheapest options (Opteron 2210 vs. Athlon 64 FX-70) the user can save approximately $150 per processor. In terms of memory savings, there is about a $50 difference for low-end modules (according to Newegg).

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News source: DailyTech

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Quad FX is a damn niche product. I honestly don't see it surviving long because it's targeted at the crowd who will pay a packet for the absolute top performance, but yet doesn't beat Core 2 Extreme.

For comparison, look how many Athlon FX-5x chips got sold compared to how many Pentium EEs went out.

But if it runs Opteron 2xxx CPUs, that means the people who bought the Quad FX boards will have another source of upgrade paths.

This is appealing. People who bought the last AMD orphan platform (Socket 940 Athlon FX) also had an out with the 1xx Opterons on Socket 940.

They may actually though make a surprise new market though on people wanting to run 2xxx chips without registered RAM.

It is exciting, it means that AMD been lying to customers for a long time, forcing people to use pricey ECC with opteron while it seems its totally uneeded anymore