i was about to purchase a i5 760, when i came across this little bugger. It's basically a i7 860, clocked lower, but binned better! (becuase its a server cpu!) Ive done some research, and it appears to oc very well, works in p55 boards, has hyperthreading, and is only 30$ more than the 760, but 60 less than the 860!!
^ Ah, but you never know when the Xeon will work because they don't put them in their official motherboard CPU Support Lists. Granted, it is really just 'rebranded' i7 840 (in terms of clock speed) and should work without with any problems, but then again I heard that some Core 2 Quad based Xeons didn't work in all LGA 775 boards.
1 month left to wait..until the funds are sufficient. There's a few guys on the OCN boards with this chip, and they have it oc'd to 4ghz!!!! One is running a p7p55d series mobo (the supercomputer version.)
I have also discovered that newer bios's alow you to use the x3440's turboboost multiplier as a default
btw i have a idea. lets say you use eco ram like the gskill eco series, wouldnt you be placeing less pressure on the imc, which could provide less temps, and more oc'ing capabilites?
Would a regular i7 860 oc'ing guide work for this? Can you guys reccomend a good one? the mobo will be a p7p55d-e pro
Then what are you waiting for? The only thing that would hold me back is whether the X3440 is compatible with every P55 board.