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Why would Intel shoot themselves in the foot by not offering those $1100-2000 8-core Xeons with unlocked multipliers?

They're not shooting themselves in the foot. The kind of customers that buy those processors (think rendering farms, cloud providers) need stability above all else. Additionally, the firmware of the boards these go into typically don't support overclocking, and the support contracts for the servers would be violated if the CPU was overclocked.

There's no need to support unlocked multipliers with Xeons. Their market doesn't need it.
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Nice review, though I do hope some unlocked options become available, I'll still be checking for some deals on these chips. One day I will actually start folding thumb.gif
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Why does everyone use these for folding? 2500K's, GPU's?
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Why does everyone use these for folding? 2500K's, GPU's?

2500k? the non-hyperthreaded quad?

These Xeons enable multi-cpu capability (more than one per motherboard) and are also designed with that kind of processing in mind rather than gaming.
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2500k? the non-hyperthreaded quad?
These Xeons enable multi-cpu capability (more than one per motherboard) and are also designed with that kind of processing in mind rather than gaming.

Ah right, now I get it! Thanks.
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Can it run Crysis?
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Hmm. I'll put 2 of them together when I win the lotto. biggrin.gif
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They're not shooting themselves in the foot. The kind of customers that buy those processors (think rendering farms, cloud providers) need stability above all else. Additionally, the firmware of the boards these go into typically don't support overclocking, and the support contracts for the servers would be violated if the CPU was overclocked.
There's no need to support unlocked multipliers with Xeons. Their market doesn't need it.

They can still have a market for these.. They've allowed over-clockable Xeons in every previous generation for enthusiast and I don't see why this should be any different.

These chips are compatible with the X79 chipset just like all LGA 2011 CPUs. I understand the stability part, but these wouldn't be for mission-critical applications, rather, enthusiast and the lone-professional(Graphics designer, 3D artist, photographer, web designer, Extreme overclocker, etc.)
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post #39 of 40
I'll get two of these If they come out with a unlocked version. I may have to sell everything I own to be able to afford them but, you only live once right? thumb.gif
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They're not shooting themselves in the foot. The kind of customers that buy those processors (think rendering farms, cloud providers) need stability above all else. Additionally, the firmware of the boards these go into typically don't support overclocking, and the support contracts for the servers would be violated if the CPU was overclocked.
There's no need to support unlocked multipliers with Xeons. Their market doesn't need it.

Absolute nonsense. I overclock servers as part of my job working for a financial services company, and have built multiple overclocked Xeon implementations using the EVGA SR-2 with unlocked multiplier Xeons (X5690's). Support contracts are immaterial as we build these machines especially, and relative stability is something we take into account with deference to speed. If the chip dies in 12 months we've already made enough off it that we're well beyond where our competitors are (hopefully).

If Intel would have released the E5 Xeons with unlocked multipliers I, along with many others, would have bought loads of them on release day straight up, put them into EVGA SR-X mobo's and overclocked the crap out of them. Sorry, but you're wrong.
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