I5-2500k or i7-2600k vs 4 xeon 5160's?

sorry for double posting, but does anyone know which one has better performance in 3d applications? Applications such as cinema 4d.
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  1. i7 2600k , xeon is for servers. 2500k mostly for gaming.
  2. Sorry, best solution 2600k
  3. First of all the Intel® Xeon® 5160's are a DP (Dual Processors) meaning that you can only put 2 of them on a board and these processors used microarchitecture like that used in the Intel Core™ 2 Duo’s. So for current work in 3d applications you would find that you get the best performance from the Intel Core i7-2600k.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  4. I already have a 2600k I was just wondering if these would work well as a rendering farm with my 2600k. I was wondering if the xeon x5355 was good. Origninally I was planning on buying the ibm one on this website but the hp one with the quad core looks good. http://www.weirdstuff.com/
  5. The biggest key to software today is, is it multi-threaded? If so how many threads can the software run on? Right now not much can run on anything more than about 4 threads. Applications like Adobe CS5 can run a great number of threads. Cinema 4d R11.5 starts to support multi-threading but I dont know how many threads it can run on. Odds are you are going to find your best performance with the Intel Core i7-2600K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team
  6. Render nodes... each frame is farmed out to a core so the more cores and faster the processor speed the better.

    Yes the i7 would outperform the xeon due to 2 more cores alone. HT would maybe gain you another 5% . Thow in the extra speed and better processing thoroughput of the i7 and its a no brainer.

    Not sure if an AMD x6 or the new BD's would save you any money; I haven't seen a bench mark on them for Cinema 4d rendering.
    Are you aware you can buy render-farm time?
  7. IntelEnthusiast said:
    The biggest key to software today is, is it multi-threaded? If so how many threads can the software run on? Right now not much can run on anything more than about 4 threads. Applications like Adobe CS5 can run a great number of threads. Cinema 4d R11.5 starts to support multi-threading but I dont know how many threads it can run on. Odds are you are going to find your best performance with the Intel Core i7-2600K.

    Christian Wood
    Intel Enthusiast Team

    Since cinema 4d can support up to 64 threads will it be worth it to get another 2600k? Well that is considering if I built a 2600k machine it would cost around 900-1200. What about getting 2-4 of these: http://www.weirdstuff.com/cgi-bin/item/386075 it is substantially cheaper and seems to give relative performance. So in total I would have 16-24 cores to render with and an additional 8 because of the 2600k. Any suggestions?
  8. I beleive you are on the right track. In my post I was comparing the i7 to a single xeon.
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