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May 16, 2010 2:52:45 PM

Hello to all ,

please would you help me to chose a best configuration for a single Xeon Processor workstation , I surfed the internet but still i couldn’t find the best matched configuration for me .
And my concern is compatibility & performance. Lost between ( ASUS & SUPERMICRO – TAYAN ) .
Also processors between ( Xeon 5500 & 5600 & 7000 ) series & x – w – e etc. still don’t know what does it mean at all :o  

My work actually in all 3D Software’s like ( 3D Max – Maya – Auto CAD ) etc….

Whoooo else :heink:   really I got lost between them all .

Regards,
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May 16, 2010 4:00:51 PM

What is your budget?
Also why don't you consider desktop processors like i7-980X?
May 16, 2010 7:19:47 PM

budget Is like $4ooo to $5ooo .

Actually the i7-980x will be the last choice for me cause its made for gamming not for workstations – I think that // "maybe its not true" – but for this reason I post the question here .


Regards,
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May 17, 2010 2:26:38 AM

If you are looking for a single processor based workstation then you are wasting time with the XEON's.. They are designed for multi-processor environments (2P or 4P servers).. For a pure 3D workstation build, its best to go with the i7 980X if you are running a single processor workstation or a pair of W55XX for a dual processor workstation solution (calculated based on your budget).. The latter is recommended.. Its also best to get a workstation class video card regardless of whichever solution you go for.. Also, keep the RAM count to be a minimum 12 GB for 1P and 24 GB for 2P solution.. Next comes the hard drive.. Getting a single fast SSD is recommended along with couple of high capacity conventional driver for storage and backup.. Next is the operating system.. Best to choose the server 2008 R2 version as OS..

P.S. - There are no gaming only CPU's.. Any processor is capable of running any task.. The efficiency with which a processor performs a task is dependent on its architecture, features and application support/compatibility..
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May 17, 2010 2:39:25 AM

ditto the i7-980X: 4 cores + hyper-treading = 8 threads in hardware,
3.33 GHz before any overclocking!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Get good RAM e.g. Corsair, and an equally good PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

+ a reliable UPS backup battery, and you have every
reason to expect excellent reliability.

We build with nothing but ASUS motherboards
+ Intel CPUs + Corsair RAM and PSUs:
our workstations run all day without halting:

http://hothardware.com/News/Corsair-Dominator-GT-DDR3-M...


A little intelligent memory management will also
pay enormous dividends e.g. RamDisk Plus
from SuperSpeed LLC:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlu...


MRFS
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May 17, 2010 2:49:10 AM

SuperStorm88 said:
budget Is like $4ooo to $5ooo .

Actually the i7-980x will be the last choice for me cause its made for gamming not for workstations – I think that // "maybe its not true" – but for this reason I post the question here .


Regards,



ROFL.

No. Its actually the opposite believe it or not.
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May 17, 2010 2:49:55 AM

MRFS said:
ditto the i7-980X: 4 cores + hyper-treading = 8 threads in hardware,
3.33 GHz before any overclocking!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Get good RAM e.g. Corsair, and an equally good PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

+ a reliable UPS backup battery, and you have every
reason to expect excellent reliability.

We build with nothing but ASUS motherboards
+ Intel CPUs + Corsair RAM and PSUs:
our workstations run all day without halting:

http://hothardware.com/News/Corsair-Dominator-GT-DDR3-M...


A little intelligent memory management will also
pay enormous dividends e.g. RamDisk Plus
from SuperSpeed LLC:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlu...


MRFS



Actually its 6 cores + HT = 12 threads total.
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May 17, 2010 3:12:21 AM

MRFS said:
ditto the i7-980X: 4 cores + hyper-treading = 8 threads in hardware,
3.33 GHz before any overclocking!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Get good RAM e.g. Corsair, and an equally good PSU
+ a reliable UPS backup battery, and you have every
reason to expect excellent reliability.

We build with nothing but ASUS motherboards
+ Intel CPUs + Corsair RAM and PSUs:
our workstations run all day without halting:

http://hothardware.com/News/Corsair-Dominator-GT-DDR3-M...


A little intelligent memory management will also
pay enormous dividends e.g. RamDisk Plus
from SuperSpeed LLC:

http://www.supremelaw.org/systems/superspeed/RamDiskPlu...


MRFS


Well there a slight error in your first sentence. :whistle: 

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=47932

@OP:

As for Core i7 980x as a gaming cpu. Hmmm... not really. unless your playing FSX, there no other game that im aware of that can use all of it power. These core i7's are far better doing stuff you just mentioned (CAD, rendering, ect).

Anyways, for your question on what the difference between x, w, and e for xeon's. Well it's like the Core i3, 5 and 7's. Different features and abilities.

Here a quote from a different thread asking this same question.

Tom Griffin said:
Specific Xeon and Itanium processor families the numerical sequences:

Itanium 9xxxx

Xeon 7000 multi procesor configuration on MB
Xeon 5000 dual processoer configutation on MB
Xeon 3000 single processor

Letter Prefix:
X = Performance
E = Mainstream (rack mount)
L = Power Optimized

Intel's Information

I think W = Workstation for up to 2 processors per motherboard. Anyways hope this helps.



As for with cpu is the best for you, it will depend on what socket MB and # of sockets your getting. If your getting a single socket LGA 1366 MB, i really can only recommend the core i7 980x. the equivent price xeon cpu is the Xeon x5650. although that's at 2.66GHz.

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