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Xeon X3350 or Quad Q9550?

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October 27, 2008 8:13:42 PM

Dilema - had pretty much settled on the Core 2 Quad Q9950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041 ... but them found the Xeon X3350 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117167&Tpk=Xeon%20Quad-core%20-%20X3350 at Amazon for $265 with FS and no tax. Any comments on how these compare? They will be going in a new build that will be used for Photoshop, web creation, Excel, Word, some video editing and in network with home theater (storing videos, jpegs, music, etc.) very little gaming. Suggestions will be appreciated ... Thanks!

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October 27, 2008 8:54:53 PM

In that case, go for X3350 due to cheaper price tag.
October 27, 2008 9:45:49 PM

i thought xeon cpu were for servers? how does it perform vs. q9550 for gaming purposes?
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October 27, 2008 10:12:35 PM

Xeon's are primarily for servers ... however, I've read a number of comments / reviews where users have put them in desktops with great results. Many comments indicate they are easily over-clocked and very stable. My question - do they require a different MB. I'm looking at the Asus P5Q SE/R or the P5Q PRO. Haven't been able to determine compatibility yet.
October 27, 2008 10:47:50 PM

No, they do not require a different mobo then the Core 2 Quad. As long as the sockets are the same (LGA775), it will work (unless otherwise stated).
October 27, 2008 10:53:34 PM

how is it compared to Q9550 for gaming?
October 27, 2008 10:55:39 PM

Identical. They're basically the same chip, but apparently the Xeon is actually higher binned and might even overclock better.
October 27, 2008 11:25:46 PM

The Xeons run a tad bit cooler, use less voltage.
October 28, 2008 1:32:42 AM

Avenger_K said:
Identical. They're basically the same chip, but apparently the Xeon is actually higher binned and might even overclock better.


The X3350 has the same clocks as a Q9450, not the Q9550. I think you were mistaken. The Q9550 has a clock of 2.83GHz Vs. the clocks of the X3350 and Q9450 of 2.66GHz. They are basically the same chip, but at different clock speeds and different multiplier.
October 28, 2008 1:38:48 AM

one-shot said:
The X3350 has the same clocks as a Q9450, not the Q9550. I think you were mistaken. The Q9550 has a clock of 2.83GHz Vs. the clocks of the X3350 and Q9450 of 2.66GHz. They are basically the same chip, but at different clock speeds and different multiplier.


Yeah my bad I was thinking he found an Xeon of identical clocks. I'd still go for the cheaper one though, since it saves money and offers very close performance to the Q9550.
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