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I7 975 vs dual xeon L5530

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March 6, 2010 11:33:32 PM

i have seen a lot of i7 975 vs dual xeon L5530, but not these two processors compared. I am researching for a build i want to do, i mainly work with HD video editing, CGI, and 3d animation

i know that the extreme 9975 can be oced a lot and it wouldn't be fair if it wasn't

what i have come up with is:

i7 will have 1 quadro 4800 cx
dual L5530 1 quadro 4800 cx

since new ram dimms are still being released i will wait and do more research on them.

Xeon build:

2xIntel Xeon L5530 Nehalem-EP 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SUPERMICRO Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5500 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I7 975 build:

Intel Core i7-975 Extreme Edition Bloomfield 3.33GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA LGA 1366 Intel X58 4-WAY SLI Classified XL ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 7, 2010 12:25:38 PM

There is a poster in anandtech's "for sale" forum that is trying to sell his 975. Offer him around $600 for it, and I'll bet he will accept it. You have to register, but this only takes a few minutes.
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March 7, 2010 3:16:22 PM

I'm not sure what you're trying to achieve, why pick the i7 extreme with an expensive mobo? You can easily get 80%+ of the power for less than half the cost.

Have you considered putting together a render farm? A power in numbers type of thing. An i7 extreme @ $970 can beat a $100 AMD quad, but I doubt it could beat 5 $100 AMD quads in a render farm. (software licensing may be costly, don't know what you're using)
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March 7, 2010 4:12:26 PM

ive thought of a render farm, but i need a machine to edit fast, i dont mind the render times. Im using After effects, sony vegas, maya, 3ds max
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March 7, 2010 5:28:20 PM

Ah, well if its a fast workstation you're worried about I personally would go with an i7 920 and OC that a little instead of the 975. Many people in the OC section of the forum have gotten those to 3.5 ~ 4.0 with a stable OC.

I wouldn't buy the best of everything, 2nd or 3rd best is about as good most of the time. Then I'd bank the money I saved on not going all out for upgrades in a couple of years. By then I'd assume that 6 core CPUs would be available for a reasonable price. 8 core CPUs could be released as well.

By all means though, if money is no object, just buy the best.
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March 7, 2010 5:40:06 PM

Well if your willing to pay 1k for a cpu, i'd wait a month or two for the I7 980x which is 6 cores and 12 threads. Or you could try to win that AMD contest and get a 48 core Magny cours system :D 
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March 7, 2010 6:00:54 PM

ok what about the dual xeon?
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