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December 27, 2006 8:59:30 PM

Hello everyone!

I have recently decided on this motherboard below to OC my Xeon 3050 that I will be ordering (Will the processor work in the board?). I am hoping for 3.2ghz and will be using air cooling (Artic Freezer 64 Pro) with a Antec NeoHE 550w Power Supply and the Antec P-180 case. Does anyone know if this board is a good OC'er, the -MAX version of this board got good OC'ing reviews, just dont know about this one, which is $30 cheaper. Also does anyone know what the safe max voltages are for the northbridge chipsets? the -MAX version was able to do 455mhz fsb on 1.80v to the NB and 473 mhz @ 1.95v. I am only going to need 400mhz...maybe 425 if I want to try for 3.4ghz and give my ram a slight boost. Thx in advance for all your help!

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Mem, (sometimes someone likes to know what kind is being used): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Best,

3Ball

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December 28, 2006 10:30:18 AM

it seems to overclock just as well as the MAX, it just has a few less features.
December 28, 2006 1:00:14 PM

Apparently, the 3xxx series Xeons are marketed to single socket systems, like AMD's 1xx series Opterons, mainly for enthusiasts or single processor file servers.
They are packaged in a 775 pin array, like the Core 2 Duo counterparts (they are based upon the same core). They sport a 1066MT/s FSB, so they will be fully compatible with existing Core 2 Duo motherboards.

There is essentially no difference between a Xeon 3xxx series and a Core 2 Duo, except in price.

All of the 5100 Xeons have 4MB L2. The Xeon 3040 and 3050 have 2MB L2.
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December 28, 2006 4:30:57 PM

To my understanding aren't the server processers generally a higher quality/lower voltage needing version of the regular desktops, which would help with an OC especially with air cooling correct? Or am I wasting my $12, lol

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3Ball
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December 28, 2006 5:08:39 PM

You are correct. I'm considering upgrading my E6600 to a Xeon 3070 for the same reason. I'm interested in potentially reaching a 4Ghz OC.
December 28, 2006 5:16:21 PM

Yea I think I am going to enjoy the switch back to Intel...lol!

Best,

3Ball
December 29, 2006 1:41:09 AM

yep... many have turned to Xeons.
December 29, 2006 1:46:55 AM

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You are correct. I'm considering upgrading my E6600 to a Xeon 3070 for the same reason. I'm interested in potentially reaching a 4Ghz OC.


What Mobo did you have in mind? I know the eVGA 680i mobo will hit the 400MHz FSB no problem...

I bet that Xeon can do it.
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December 29, 2006 6:26:57 AM

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What Mobo did you have in mind? I know the eVGA 680i mobo will hit the 400MHz FSB no problem...


The same P5W DH Deluxe I'm already running at 411Mhz x 9. :D 
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