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ok guys im putting together a xeon rig and im wondering just what the title says. Im looking at 2 dual cores at 3.2ghz or 2 quad cores at 2.33ghz keep in mind there is no OC going on either.

btw I will be gaming on it. as well as prolly a little folding.

Ok now I know the high clock speed on the duals will benefit gaming but will the 700mhz realy help out that much in games?
post #2 of 28
3.2 for games and yes it will tremendously.

8 cores for folding.

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The extra 4 cores will not help at all in 95% of games, in the other 5%, it'll be marinal.

In folding, though, obviously you'd get double the PPD, and (if bigadv), much quicker folding. It's the way to go, but in games a quad and dual quad system will be very close for most games.

Dual Quads will also excel in any core intensive applications, such as 3D rendering, Video editing/rendering and batch processing.
    
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hmm I dont do "alot" of gaming and I only game at 1600x900 I just got a 4870x2 to go with this build. BC2 is the most demanding game I play ill prolly get BF3 when it comes out at that rez or even at 1920x1080 will the speed matter or will I still get playable fps

I do a fair bit of multitasking/encoding and plan to match it up with a decent ssd in the near future
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I'd be inclined to get the 8 core setup just for the epeen.
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8 cores it is!
 
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post #7 of 28
definatly the quad , if need be im sure you can overclock the quad to 3GHz no problems anyway .

700mhz can make or break a bottleneck , yes .

Gaming isnt very fun @ 2.3ghz , depending on what gfx card(s) you use it could be bottlenecked .

Why dont you go SB setup ? or get a 980x if you wish to multitask . Why the xeon ? never understood why people buy these unless its in a server or your doing heavy multi tasking work ..
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Can I ask why you won't be OCing?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xristo View Post
definatly the quad , if need be im sure you can overclock the quad to 3GHz no problems anyway .
He said he will NOT be overclocking so i'd go
with the 8 Core setup. I would call it "future-proofing" and I assume
Xeon's are expensive so i wouldn't want to replace them after 3 years.
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Can I ask why you won't be OCing?
all 3 of the server boards that allow overclocking cost WAY too much lol plus i got a realy good deal on my board but no OC options.
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