64 bit mobo vs dual processor mobo?

By Tim_LIVID · 11 replies
Aug 24, 2005
  1. Hey guys, I am building my second system and am just wondering what mobo to get.

    I don't full understand the advantages that a 64bit system will bring but I know that a dual processor will do wonders for my work flow (I have a 3D modeller who renders alot). I was just wondering if you know of a dual processor mobo which is also 64bit. That would be the best of both worlds in my opinion.

    Any advice you can give would be great.
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,406

  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Take a look at Tyan's mainboard matrix, quite a lot of Opteron and Xeon boards to choose from.

    Many companies make dual CPU boards, but you usually have to look at their server pages for more information.
  4. Tim_LIVID

    Tim_LIVID TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have a friend who has a totaly 64 bit machine (including 64 OS) and he say's it does wonders for him. Im torn, I want the improvement in quality that a 64 bit system will bring and I also wat the speed and improved multi-tasking (which will help me render and work at the same time) that a dual processor motherboard will bring.

    Is there (or will there be in the forseable future) a dual processor mobo that is also 64 bit? Or have I just shown how little I know about computers?

  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Most Opteron boards are, although there are some uniprocessor Opteron boards. New Intel Xeon boards are dual and support 64-bit Xeons, too.

    More like you didn't read my previous post.
  6. Tim_LIVID

    Tim_LIVID TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Right I have had a look and I think I might have found the motherboard for me.


    Just one little question I have to ask you guys and then Im sold. It say's it supports the Intel Xeon processors, but does any of you know if it will support the new Intel 64 bit Xeon processors?
  7. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Wouldn't it be as good to just get an amd athlon x2 64bit dual core? It would only be one cpu socket(you could use a regular amd 939 pin board), but it contains two cpus in one package. It's also 64bit, so you could have both 2 cpus and 64bit capabilty with the amd x2.
  8. Tim_LIVID

    Tim_LIVID TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was reading that dual-core processors don't give as much performance as actual dual processors. I did investigate it but it didn't seam right for me.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Really? I thought I read the opposite, that they were basically the same performance. Dual core is two cpus, as is dual socket. Intel's ht tech isn't two cpus, it just pretends to be.

  10. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Yes, it does. The "Nocona" codename Xeons have 64-bit capabilities.
  11. Tim_LIVID

    Tim_LIVID TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So Nocona and the Xeon are one in the same. That makes it a bit confusing. Well im glad that the 64 Xeons will work ini. That's what I was holding out for.

    I will read that link from vnf4ultra as well. It's always good to know all the possible facts before making a decision.
  12. isabelle6446

    isabelle6446 TS Rookie

    Amd will introduce their new muti core late in dec or early 2007.Go to AMD home page.
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