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March 27, 2010 5:23:31 AM

what about benchmark comparisions between i7 980 vs zeon 5500 or zeon 5600?

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March 27, 2010 1:27:05 PM

Which Xeon 5500 and 5600 series? That info is available at ark.intel.com where you can compare processors.
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March 29, 2010 5:55:10 AM

I am not sure about which Xeons and and i7 980. I want to have a fast machine that will handle many applications very well without slowly down the applications. I hear about hyperthreading and how the processors deal with different loads in different ways with hyperthreading on and hyperthreading off. I hear that with some software, there are differences in performance between the i7 980 and the i7 975 and the i5 series models. Depending on the software and the software's ability to take advantage of hyperthreading technology. How do the Xeons compare to the i7's with or without hypertreading?

I do want to create video dvd's which would take a high end processor to handle, but I also run software that isn't written to take advantage of hyperthreading.

And what of the Xeons in this issue?

I hear the i7 980 and i7 975 are really expensive, around $1000 or apiece, or should I go with an i5 or i3 instead. I want the best bang for the buck. I don't current have a lot of software that used hyperthreading technology, but I know that if I purchase a processor like the i7 975 or 980, I will use the technology.

What processor is best for its price?
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March 29, 2010 6:03:47 AM

I currently have a celeron 2.8 ghz processor (65 nanometer) with 2 gb of memory. Sometimes it is quite fast processing things, and sometimes it is quite slow. I put an nvidia GeForce GTS 250 onto the mobo, and now I notice quite a performance boost. Still, with some applications, the system seems to get bogged down. I am not really doing any high end gaming or high end video production. I want to do these things with a new computer that I want to build. Other software that doesn't run that faster I would like to put on a computer that would run them faster.

so, what do I build with? Should I stick with an i7 980 or i7 975, or go with a Xeon 5500 or Xeon 5600?
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March 29, 2010 6:09:04 AM

I know that there are bottlenecks that naturally slow any computer down. Data rates for hard drives, etc. slow a computer down. I want to build a very high end computer with a very high end processor that will allow the new computer to run very quickly and powerfully. I am not really concerned about how much power they consume. I have never had a processor which would allow me to turn on or turn off the hyperthreading technology.
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March 29, 2010 6:26:11 AM

These are exactly what I am talking about. Is it going to matter how many cores and how much cache?

Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition (12M Cache, 3.33 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI) No 130 Watts 6C / 12T Yes Yes $999.00 Launched

Intel® Core™ i7-975 Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, 3.33 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI) No 130 Watts 4C / 8T Yes Yes $999.00 Launched

Intel® Core™ i7-965 Processor Extreme Edition (8M Cache, 3.20 GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel® QPI) No 130 Watts 4C / 8T Yes Yes $999.00 Launched

I have heard that sometimes having more cores, depending upon which software you are running and if they can make use or hyperthreading technology, can sometime actually slow a computer down.

These processors are all the same price, so, what is going to be the difference between them? Would I see a real difference in performance between any of them?
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March 29, 2010 12:04:48 PM

The new Intel® Core™ i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition is the fastest. The other processors are now less expensive.
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March 29, 2010 2:57:04 PM

I have been doin g a lot of reading, and that is exactly what I am reading about. That is exactly what I have been understanding. If I were to buy an i7 980 or i7 975 and turn off the hyperthreading, would I have this problem?
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March 29, 2010 8:57:40 PM

You can't have the best of both worlds. You can turn off HT, but that will hurt applications that can take advantage of it.
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April 2, 2010 11:18:15 AM

I would like to build another computer soon. I just had a mobo with a 2.8GHZ Pentium 4 that was made in 1999 die on me the other day. :(  A store down the street is selling a 45 nm i7950 for $500 something. He has built a i7950 computer which he is displaying in his store, and he tells me that everything that he is running on it, including but not excluding several games, applications, and benchmarking programs running all at once. I have seen what he is running on it, and one of the games is a high end graphics intensive game. The processor barely ever reaches 5 % usage. My celeron 65 nm running 2.8 ghz goes up to 100% every time I start a new applicatio, then it steadily goes down step by step until it reaches 15 to 24%. It make go down to 8, but then when I start typing again, it goes to 38%.

There are times when I am running enough applications that it will reach and stay at 100% however. :( 

I think, for the money and the power, a 45 nm i7950 system would be adaquate. I will wait for the i7980 price to go down before I buy it. It is just too expensive for me right now. I am looking for something to replace that old p4! :0)

Thanks for the help guys.
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April 2, 2010 11:40:32 AM

To be honest if you went out and got something like an I5 750 you would be blown away by the performance compared to what you got I think you might be setting your sights a little too high. The CPU market the past two years has went crazy to the point that most software cant even utilize the processors made 2 years ago let alone the processors that are new now so I think maybe you should look into something a little more reasonable an I5 750 would do you wonders and I guarantee you will not be disappointed with it.
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April 3, 2010 9:02:01 PM

Why the hell are you guys ONLY talking about Extreme processors, and Core i5? Get a Core i7 920! Not much more expensive than an i5, but a hell of a lot cheaper than an Extreme with 95% of the performance. That should be perfect for your needs, as you won't end up maxing it out unless you do heavy 3D editing. Then spend the savings on an awesome graphics card (HD 5870/5970 anyone?)
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April 11, 2010 5:03:31 AM

I want to do some high end gaming and some dvd creation and video creation and video editing. I have one friend who prefers Intel i7 series, and another friend who says that AMD Processors are just as powerful for slightly less money. I was also beginning to look at the i7 950 and the i7 920 as well.
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