Summary: Intel (and AMD for that matter) processors should work anyway. But what sets this item out for me is how Newegg handles hte shipping and such. It just works... I might find a place that is a few dollars cheaper but i KNOW i will get it when they say and that is worth it to me... thanks NE
Pros: Opened box Shutdown Server Added second E5335 Started server done... Now have a pair of E5335 cpus along with 16gb of ram on my supermicro 5000 series motherboard. what a wonderful rig... and all of it newegg... :)
Pros: Upgraded a monster workstation to two of these. It screams with 8GB memory and nVidia 5500, rendering in approximately 1/3 of the time it used to take. Impressive price/performance and TCO making it the simplest and easiest way to increased high performance graphics throughput.
Summary: I had read some sites that showed that in some cases having 8 cores could confuse certain software, this was months back so I think updates have happened or something because so far every application I have used (games excluded) seem to see and work with all 8 cores.
Pros: I upgraded from 2 2Ghz Woodcrests to 2 2Ghz Clovertowns and before the upgrade I ran several benchmarks to see where the speed may change. In Cinebench all scores were virtually identical except the multi processor rendering, the Clovertown was just under 2 times faster. Scores in 3d mark were id...
Cons: None, they don't even seem to run much hotter then the Woodcrests. Only con is hindsight. When I purchased the Woodcrests these did not exist, 9 months later they do and they are the same price as the Woodcrest.
Cons: Do indeed make sure the motherboard and case combo will support direct attachment of the heat sink to the case. I used an Antec TITAN with a Tyan S5372 mobo and couldn't do a direct attach. I found a way out of that though so no big deal.
Summary: If you only plan on having one processor in your system, you're probably better off getting a Core 2 processor. They are more bang for your buck.
Pros: Four cores at respectable clock rates on a single chip. It's hard to compete with that when running two of them. A much better value compared to the 2Ghz dual core chip.
Cons: Heatsinks for these things are absolutely enormous, and weigh a ton. They have to be bolted to the case, and some cases don't fit them right. You may have to drill some holes to mount them properly!