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What Are The Real Benefits of Server CPUs?

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As the title said, what are the real benefits of server CPUs?

Also proof would be appreciated. I had a Xeon X3440 before, but mainly because it offered me good OCability, 8 threads, and cost $60 less than the next available Intel CPU with Hyper Threading.

I'm considering on getting another Xeon X3440 or X58 based Xeon. I will be aiming to keep my PC on 24/7, constantly backing up my hard drive, and possibly hosting various services on it such as TS/Vent/Mumble, a website, and maybe a game server.

Of course it will be OC'd as well. This will be on my primary rig too, not on another system.
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post #2 of 5
JF AMD said something like server cpu`s are designed for 100% usage 24/7 opposed to 8-10/5 on desktop cpus
And I`m not sure on the overclockability of server chips
not sure if the motherboard will have overclocking options
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The main advantages of server chips are bigger caches, and multi chip interlinks. Most of the server advantages are in the boards, which are built like brick... well.. anything tough and come with features designed for server use, but no or limited clocking ability.

A server chip on a consumer clocking board will not provide much of an advantage, but it may be a little tougher built, which may allow slightly higher voltages.
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supports for ECC ram is the main thing. also dual QPI links to run in 2+ sockets motherboard.
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post #5 of 5
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Originally Posted by james8 View Post
supports for ECC ram is the main thing. also dual QPI links to run in 2+ sockets motherboard.
These are the only 2 that i can think of as well. I also think they have more L2 and L3 cache.
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