You can hate him but he's right about Apache being THE server bench.
Not to be a downer, but assuming linear scaling, the 3.0Ghz Woodcrest chip will beat the 2.6Ghz Opteron in Apache. Considering that Apache is something that doesn't really scale in a completely orderly fashion, it's hard to say whether it will beat it or not, but still. It's a bit early to say that the Opteron beats Woodcrest.
The 2.33Ghz Woodcrest has a 84% of the 2.6Ghz Opteron performance. The 2.33Ghz Woodcrest is only 76% of the clock of the top of the line chip (the 3Ghz). That means that in a perfect world, the top of the line Woodcrest would have 8% higher performance. It is also cheaper than the top of the line Opteron.
While it is too early to say since that is just extrapolation, you can't say that Woodcrest has already lost the Apache bench. In fact, everything would indicate that it is in fact going to beat the Opteron, at a slightly lower price point to boot.
No one will admit it yet but I know the Apache benchmark was changed after the reaming of Paxville. (the units anyway)
But i digress, Socket F intros 2.8 and 3.0GHz. there is actually a 2.8 940 but think sun got them all. I also think that the added bandwidth of 667 will be better for server apps than for desktop. 533 FBDIMMs may not cut it.