I have an unusual requirement for my desktop - I need at least one PCIe x16 and one PCI-x slot. I happen to have a spare Xeon E5472 sitting around, so I am considering a Dell T7400 motherboard and some 800 mhz DDR2 FB-DIMMs. I have an Apple Xserve with this cpu running Linux (Centos 5) and in my basic testing (running lame on a big wav file) it is about 2x the performance of my E8400.
However, I want to consider another option - there is an AMD AM2+ board that I can use (A3N-WS). It looks like the Phenom II 940 is perhaps the best CPU for it, but the best it can do is DDR2 1066 memory. I don't have one handy to benchmark - how does this compare to the Xeon E5472 (or e8400)? I'm guessing that it will lose.
In additional to some gaming, I do multi-threaded compiling and mp3/mp4 encoding so I can definitely use more power.
p.s. Is it safe to say that an Asus P6T-WS board with a good i7 will crush either of these 2 choices?
if you have the money to build a core i7 computer it will be a lot quicker. if you gave some more insight to how much you want to spend we could help you more. also whether your upgrading your full comp or just cpu/mobo/ram
i cant say much on xeons.
if you get a phenom II 940 you would be better off getting an am3 socket mobo.
August 29, 2010 3:30:43 AM
$$ is definitely important! I didn't see any AM3 boards with a PCI-X socket, but if one is out there I will consider it.
It looks like the E5472 is similar to the 940; the Dell T7400 boards go for $150 or less sometimes, and $260 for 8GB of 800 mhz FB-DIMMs. Memory is definitely the killer here.
i did a bit more research into pci-x and sorry i thought it was the same.
do you have a specific video card or what? to go into this slot.
specify what it is and im sure me or someone else could help you out.