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May 3, 2009 7:20:25 AM

I am looking very seriously at upgrading my AMD system to Intel ind i noteced that the new Intel Xeon is LGA 1366 AS WELL AS I7 so what is better so is the Xeon a multi core prosessor? and is it ideal for gaming? or should i go for the best i7 if i choose Intel i will use the Gigabyte EX-58 EXTREME

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May 3, 2009 7:26:12 AM

Xeon is the server processor, which is tweaked for server programs. Therefore if you're going for a LGA1366 machine, Core i7 should be more suitable for you.
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May 3, 2009 9:25:05 AM

or if you can find it cheaper a w35xx processor.
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May 3, 2009 11:07:48 AM

no the 35xx series aren't even nehalem based.

the w35xx are however.
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May 3, 2009 3:34:14 PM

The XEON W3520 is an I7-920 but with ECC (error correcting memory bits) on its QPI memory bus. It is a quad core Nehalem with the D0 stepping. It is a single CPU workstation possessor and uses the same X58 chip set as the I7 family.

I have not determined whether the Xeon will work in an I7 mother board. It is possible that the MB makers wired up the 30 additional pins to the memory sockets or that the the Xeon will automatically detect the absence of ECC memory and fall back to operating as an I7-920. Unfortunately I have not found the answers to those questions yet.

The real reason for pursuing this is that the Xeon is more available and cheaper than most people i.e. tank guys are selling the D0 for. That should change when the older C0 stock get depleted and the Neweggs etc have more D0's.








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July 29, 2009 7:04:10 PM

spylake said:
The XEON W3520 is an I7-920 but with ECC (error correcting memory bits) on its QPI memory bus. It is a quad core Nehalem with the D0 stepping. It is a single CPU workstation possessor and uses the same X58 chip set as the I7 family.

I have not determined whether the Xeon will work in an I7 mother board. It is possible that the MB makers wired up the 30 additional pins to the memory sockets or that the the Xeon will automatically detect the absence of ECC memory and fall back to operating as an I7-920. Unfortunately I have not found the answers to those questions yet.

The real reason for pursuing this is that the Xeon is more available and cheaper than most people i.e. tank guys are selling the D0 for. That should change when the older C0 stock get depleted and the Neweggs etc have more D0's.



But is the W3520 really faster than the 920? Or as fast? How about the E5440? I can't believe how expensive the xeon's are in comparison to the i7's. I can't see any reason to stay with them? Are they just targeting the non-tech savvy business types?
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July 29, 2009 7:08:08 PM

same chip with ECC if you get a D0 I7 920 (they can be C0, or D0 like the xeon)

also, it may or may not have locked memory multi for OCing depending on how your mobo handles it, on my X58 3x sli it handles it no problem according to other users with the xeon.
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