Pros: Installed a pair of these on a H8DCL-iF because I didn't like the prices on the xeon E5-2643's. Was I shocked, for compiling with gcc, linking,running gzip (for packaging) and general integer work these things are incredible. This machine is literally the fastest thing in the lab beating out quit...
Summary: My profession is a software developer, but my passion is with technology and computers so I wanted to have my own dedicated server at home. I built a "server" before from spare desktop PC components but thought this time I should build one with actual server grade components.
Summary: I went with the Asus KMCA-D8 motherboard (which I don't necessarily recommend but I'll live with it) which fortunately came with the latest BIOS release already supporting the 4300/Seoul chips, so no problems there, just plug 'n' play.
Pros: This is an extremely powerful little processor that runs very cool. It keeps up with modern desktop processors by being able to max out at 3.8GHz when running fewer cores. I grabbed two of these very recently to build a graphics workstation and replace a single older quad-core Intel Extreme proce...
Cons: There really aren't any. It's just very well-priced for its feature set and capabilities.
Summary: If you are upgrading from a 4100 or 4200 series Opteron, your motherboard *will* need a BIOS update. Visit your mobo manufacturers web site and do the BIOS update *before* you attempt to install this chip! My Supermicro H8SCM needed BIOS upgrade to v3.0 in order to use this chip.
Pros: A fast chip with low power, perfect workstation or small server chip. A drop-in replacement for earlier 4200 or 4100 series Opterons, an easy upgrade! Works perfectly and awesome performance under RedHat Enterprise Linux 6.3. As always, Linux "just works" with high-end hardware like this.
Cons: None really. I wish AMD would publish a product roadmap, so we know what chips are coming up in the next few years.
Summary: I have 2 of these running in my server along side 8 hard drives and despite the 700W powersupplies that aren't even 80 plus, it currently only pulls about 300W running both CPUs @ 100%, plan to switch to 500W 80 plus plat power supplies which should shave off quite a bit.
Pros: 8 cores @ 3.1GHz Quite energy efficient Doesn't run very hot even at 100% load 53C (20F ambient) Getting 30-35k ppd (with 2 processors) in folding at home on WS2008 R2 while running all my other services etc
Cons: Not many great heatsink options for socket C32 Price maybe?