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
My work actually in all 3D Software’s like ( 3D Max – Maya – Auto CAD ) etc….
Whoooo else really I got lost between them all .
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..
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:
Xeon 7000 multi procesor configuration on MB
Xeon 5000 dual processoer configutation on MB
Xeon 3000 single processor
X = Performance
E = Mainstream (rack mount)
L = Power Optimized
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.