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Ordered a Xeon w3680 a few weeks ago, but are still waiting and today I got word that it will take at least 1-2 weeks more before it comes into stock.
With itching OC-fingers and an impatient buyer of my old i7 975x I am strongly thinking of changing my order to a w3670 instead, since they are in stock. The pricing is the same though.

Would that be a big misstake?
Have googled it but there are not many OC-results of the w3670 so I cannot say if there is a big difference OC-wise.

Please advice!
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The W3680 has a higher QPI link speed and 1X multi higher, generally Intel such as these like the odd multi, so if you got a W3670 you would want to lower it to a 23x multi - other thing to think about is that the W3670 was released later so it may have some revisions that might make it a better overclocker - either way you're probably going to hit about the same clock speeds so it shouldn't be that much of a worry.
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You really think the w3670 will be as good overclocker?

Got word again today about even further delays on the w3680. Got to think about going with the 2600k sandy instead. The problem is that I have 2 raid setups and I dont know how to save my stuff without buying more harddrives and all that extra work, including reinstalling win7 and all my programs/games is nothing I look forward to. Hence going with the w3680 instead of Sandy for starters.

However I would get a new Sandy-system for the same amount of money as the w3680/w3670 cpu.
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I would just go for the SB option then- all you have to do is uninstall the drivers for your previous motherboard, swap everything over and update the drivers, nothing too terrible

On another note, yes I think they would clock about the same, just like 920/930/950 clock very similarly
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The W3680 has a higher QPI link speed and 1X multi higher, generally Intel such as these like the odd multi, so if you got a W3670 you would want to lower it to a 23x multi - other thing to think about is that the W3670 was released later so it may have some revisions that might make it a better overclocker - either way you're probably going to hit about the same clock speeds so it shouldn't be that much of a worry.
What difference will a lower QPI make when trying to reach 4.5 GHz+ for 24/7 use?
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I would just go for the SB option then- all you have to do is uninstall the drivers for your previous motherboard, swap everything over and update the drivers, nothing too terrible

On another note, yes I think they would clock about the same, just like 920/930/950 clock very similarly
Moving one raid setup to another mobo will not work, or am I wrong?
All will be lost and I will have to create a new raid array?
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Not sure if the W3670 is unlocked like the W3680 is, but I wholly enjoy this CPU more then a new complete system upgrade.
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I was able to move raid arrays from one mobo to another. They had the same onboard raid controller though.
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All the array data is saved on the hard drives - just move the drives and enable RAID on the motherboard, you'll be good to go
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I was able to move raid arrays from one mobo to another. They had the same onboard raid controller though.
I did that myself changing from a x58-board to another. Same raid-controller though.
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