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I7-930 vs 2x Quadcore xeon dual lga 1366 system

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January 11, 2011 2:59:32 PM

Hey everyone. I am building a new machine primarily for encoding HD video. I would also
like to be able to play most of the best games out today at decent/good resolutions and
framerates. Where I am hung up is whether or not I should get an i7-930 or a dual
quad core xeon dual lga 1366 server board and just deck out the memory. I have looked a long
time about this preparing for the build day, however now that it is upon me I am unable
to make up my mind. Please look at the hardware specs below and let me know your opinon
on what is going to be faster.

Below is what I am thinking about building machine wise. Which one will be faster at encoding HD video and playing games?

Intel Core i7 Processor i7-930 2.80GHz 8 MB LGA1366 CPU
ASUS P6X58D Premium - LGA 1366 - X58 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s
Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

OR

SUPERMICRO MBD-X8DAH+-O Dual LGA 1366 Intel 5520
2x Intel Xeon E5530 Nehalem 2.4GHz LGA 1366 80W Quad-Core
Patriot Signature 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) ECC
XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16

If you can think of a faster better video card please mention that as well. This card is
the best back when I first started researching this project. I have seen the performance differences
of the gtx 480 and for the money it is not worth it in my opinion for 6 frames more...
Thanks for your help in advance. My budget is right around 2500 dollars.

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January 11, 2011 3:04:00 PM

Dual Xeon processors is overkill in my opinion (although will be a touch faster with encoding). Between those two, the i7 would be the better spend of the money. Take the money saved and get a pair of those HD 5870 GPUs that you like. Games won't care between those two setups...
January 11, 2011 3:33:43 PM

I always thought the more cores you had the more threads the encoding program could take advantage of. AKA twice as fast as the i-7. I had also thought about replacing that motherboard with this one for only 49 more. EVGA Classified SR-2 270-WS-W555-A2 . What is your opinion on that?
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January 11, 2011 4:08:56 PM

That board will get you USB 3.0 and SATA 6 so it would be a good upgrade over the first dual board you listed.
January 11, 2011 5:01:26 PM

Awesome, thanks for your input sadams04
January 11, 2011 9:13:23 PM

I'd do neither of them.


Sandy Bridge i7-2600K is what you should do. It has absolutely AMAZING HD encoding speeds directly on-chip
May 31, 2011 8:03:32 PM

First of what software are u going to use to encode the HD streams?
Are U using AdobeAfterFX? Premiere, FinalCut? All this makes difference, Premiere supports cuda acceleration, so the benefits can be significant from the 400&500 series gpus, but only when editing realy. To get GPU rendering acceleration u will need a Quadtro GPU something like the Quadtro 2000 which will give u a boost of 30-80% depending on what ur doing.

With a $2500 budget u can only go so far. The Dual Xeon will give u faster rendering in AfterFX and other Pro applications, such as maya and 3dsMax, but gaming wise a dual cpu is useless.

Not sure why ur picking Asus Modo, they are glitchy at best and iv seen 3 fail already do to a lack of Ferrite Caps and crap coppered aluminum heat-sinks, unacceptable for a 600-700 dollar mobo.
Use EVGA (lifetime warranty) or Gigabyte/MSI the overkill they're hardware for OCing so they will outlast ur requirements easily.
Also the new Xeons 5620 are same specs 2.4Ghz as the 5530, but are cheeper and have 12MB of ram.
For ram get a Corsair Vangance 1600 or Corsair Dominator they are cheeper but better and they OC much higher too.
Unless ur ging to do some serious video or 3d rendering then forget the dual xeons.

Ive been video editing and using Max for 12years and as i said my asus stuff failed me, my MSI is still rocking at 80% OC.
Proper driver support is very important, a gaming video cards with flakey drivers don't cut it in Pro editing world.
If ur an avid ATI or Nvidai fan than theres no hope for u. But if u want serious performance, u need to get the best regardless what lable it carries, for that u need to go Pro (and thats not cheep).
Alas 3Dlabs dosent make pro vid cards anymore, they were the best, i wish they were back, or maybe if intel made something, oh well. amds fire gl is a waste of money from my experience, better spend it on a Matrox video accelerator.

Anyway enough rambling, here's my suggestion, to get better performance and to save u money.

DUAL for video
LGA 1366 Intel xeon 5620-12MB 32mn x2 Quad 80W
Evga SR-2 1366 mobo
Corsair Vangance 24GB (3 x 4GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $132 (12GBx2)
Pny Quadtro2000 1.0GB $485 or gtx-570 1.28GB (480cores) $325
1000W corsair oc Coolermaster PSU

FOR GAMING and light video (occasional)
Intel i7-950 2.80GHz 8 MB -1366 or i7 2600K
MSI Bigbang or Gigabyte P67A-UD3P-B3 ATX LGA1155 P67
Corsair Vangance 12GB 1600mhz 9-9-9-24 or g.skill ripjaw extreme 1600mhz (this one OC to around 2050mhz)
twin Gtx-560 or gtx 570 (premiere and some AFX filters benefit from cuda drivers, in Premiere set to Mercury option)
Corsair gold 850W or enermax evolution 1000W or something like that.

Cheers mate! if u need more info, u can find me on youtube, just look for evga hydrocopper.
May 31, 2011 10:14:40 PM

The thing to remember is that the Intel® Xeon® 55XX and 56XX (32nm) shares the same microarchitecture as the Intel Core™ i7-930. So unless the application has been designed to support multi-threading for more than 8 threads the Xeon will only perform a little better due to ECC memory support on the Intel Xeon processors.
So the big key is how many threads that the software has been optimized for.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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