General Opteron question

I was wondering what the difference between the Opteron 1XX, 2XX, and 8XX were, so I looked at AMD's website. They tell me the 100 series is 1-way, 200 series is 2-way, and 800 series is 8-way.

I am on a quest for knowledge, I'm not planning to buy one--still, what the heck is this referring to? I mean a 180 costs around $750 USD but an 880 costs over $2500 so there's obviously a huge difference--what is it?
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  1. 1xx Opterons are 939 pin and 2xx and up are 940pin server chips
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    1xx Opterons are 939 pin and 2xx and up are 940pin server chips

    Thanks, but that doesn't answer my question. 800 series are 940 sockets as well--the diff between 100 and 200 is "1 way" vs. "2-way". My question is what does that mean? Is it like designed for use in dual-cpu systems verses single cpu vs. 8 cpu? Does a single 145 benchmark faster than a single 245?
  3. 1xx you can have one CPU per machine, 2XX you can have 1 or 2 CPU's per machine, 8xx, you can have 1 - 8 CPU's per machine...
  4. a single 880 is no better than a single 180 then. Geez it sure is expensive to get an 8 cpu system :)
  5. Yup if i were going for a multi processor system i would get a powermac, from the looks of things it would work out cheaper, and that lucky punk stefan is getting one in a week! How can a french nationalist get a powermac while i am stuck with my computer. it's just not fair! :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:
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