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Overclocking: Does it depend on the chipset?

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Hey guys. I was just wondering which part it is that determines overclockability? Because the new Gigabyte X79S-UP5 is out, and it looks interesting. But it uses the C606 server chip. Does it still overclock if you have an I7 SB-E chip? Or will it not overclock no matter what? Because if I can overclock, the 3930k should be better. But if there is no overclocking, an 8 core Xeon might be the way to go...
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In some cases overclocking does depend on the chipset. Example: on 1155 when it first came out H67 you are not able to OC, but P67 and Z68 could. However in this specific instance I'm fairly sure you can overclock fine using a "K" series unlocked CPU. What I would imagine is you might run into trouble adjusting the BCLK too much like with the i7 3820 and how you can use different straps (although that may be possible too, just not sure). But I would say I'm confident you could overclock the 3930k or 3960x no problem. Maybe someone else could shed light on this though;
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In some cases overclocking does depend on the chipset. Example: on 1155 when it first came out H67 you are not able to OC, but P67 and Z68 could. However in this specific instance I'm fairly sure you can overclock fine using a "K" series unlocked CPU. What I would imagine is you might run into trouble adjusting the BCLK too much like with the i7 3820 and how you can use different straps (although that may be possible too, just not sure). But I would say I'm confident you could overclock the 3930k or 3960x no problem. Maybe someone else could shed light on this though;
I'm building another system with a 3930k, so when it comes time for a workstation, I could pull my 3930k and try it out on the Gigabyte board, and order a second 3930k if it works. And if not, I guess I go for broke (literally and figuratively) and buy a Xeon.
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If you take a look at the Gigabyte website for that board, it clearly indicates that it supports overclocking. They actually brag about their power system and its overclocking features.

I don't completely understand why they bothered to use the C606 chipset, though, if they didn't build a board that has dual CPU sockets. All it provides is a SAS controller instead of a SATA3 controller and the ability to use ECC memory (but only if you use a Xeon CPU). It also only supports 64GB of RAM.

If you buy a workstation motherboard with the C606 chipset, then you can get a board that supports dual Xeon Sandy Bridge-EP chips, 768GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, 4 GigE LAN ports, and IPMI 2.0 and KVM with a dedicated LAN port. Granted it probably doesn't support any of the i7 CPUs and it likely doesn't do any overclocking, but if you have that much memory and two 8-core Xeons, overclocking probably isn't really necessary.
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If you take a look at the Gigabyte website for that board, it clearly indicates that it supports overclocking. They actually brag about their power system and its overclocking features.
I don't completely understand why they bothered to use the C606 chipset, though, if they didn't build a board that has dual CPU sockets. All it provides is a SAS controller instead of a SATA3 controller and the ability to use ECC memory (but only if you use a Xeon CPU). It also only supports 64GB of RAM.
If you buy a workstation motherboard with the C606 chipset, then you can get a board that supports dual Xeon Sandy Bridge-EP chips, 768GB of DDR3 ECC RAM, 4 GigE LAN ports, and IPMI 2.0 and KVM with a dedicated LAN port. Granted it probably doesn't support any of the i7 CPUs and it likely doesn't do any overclocking, but if you have that much memory and two 8-core Xeons, overclocking probably isn't really necessary.
I mainly want it for all of the sata ports it provides! It's just insane. I don't want to buy a raid card, so it's perfect for me.
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