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Okay guys... I'm looking into the Gigabyte X79S UP5, since I want to make a workstation, and I also want to switch to a blue scheme. However, I read some reviews, and some people don't like it... at all... So, should I go for it?
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If you plan to push your CPU to the limits, you may want to think twice. UP5 has a ton of features for the price, and great for workstation. However, it's LLC settings are quite relaxed, so that board has some big vdroop.

Take a look.
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If you plan to push your CPU to the limits, you may want to think twice. UP5 has a ton of features for the price, and great for workstation. However, it's LLC settings are quite relaxed, so that board has some big vdroop.
Take a look.
I honestly don't care about overclocking at all. I take it as simply being a bonus. I use 8 dimms of memory, so overclocking is limited for me anyways.

I will try it with my already owned 3930k, and see if I can OC decent. If not, I will get a Xeon... And if it OC's nice, I will go for a 3930k, or maybe a 3960x (for better memory support).

I really want this board for the sas ports... Because I don't want a raid card.

Also, how would it perform at gaming? I know that it's not made for that, but will it be decent for playing with a house guest or something?
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Motherboard should not affect gaming performance unless it totally misdesigned, or defective.
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Motherboard should not affect gaming performance unless it totally misdesigned, or defective.
That's what I thought, but I never know... I'm probably gonna have dual 680's in it, because this will have a few high res monitors, and also I need the Cuda cores for rendering. And from everything I've ever known, dual 680's are pretty beast.
I've also never been able to get an answer... Can you multiplier overclock if you use an i7 on this board? Because it is a server chipset, and I don't know which controls overclocks.
Edited by Jeremy1998 - 10/5/12 at 10:35pm
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That's what I thought, but I never know... I'm probably gonna have dual 680's in it, because this will have a few high res monitors, and also I need the Cuda cores for rendering. And from everything I've ever known, dual 680's are pretty beast.
I've also never been able to get an answer... Can you multiplier overclock if you use an i7 on this board? Because it is a server chipset, and I don't know which controls overclocks.

Sure you can. If you take a look at Sin's review that I posted earlier, he used x49 multiplier.

For gaming performance you can take a look at this. As you can see they all performance pretty much the same.
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Sure you can. If you take a look at Sin's review that I posted earlier, he used x49 multiplier.
For gaming performance you can take a look at this. As you can see they all performance pretty much the same.
I'm watching TTL's video, and one of the things he says is that Xeons can't go above 1600MHz ram for the post part... So it looks like I'm going for an i7... My memory is 1866, and will hopefully be OC'ed to 2000 / 2133.
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Yeah you can't overclock Xeans that much. Xeans have locked multiplier IIRC.
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Yeah you can't overclock Xeans that much. Xeans have locked multiplier IIRC.
I meant overclocking the ram, but I know the ram controller is in the CPU... So I think I'm better off with an i7. So, does the 3960x have any advantage over the 3930k? I know it has a little more cache, but anything else? Will it help me out with using 8 dimms of ram?
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Sorry that I misunderstood you smile.gif.

I think that cache is the only difference, but somebody may correct me here. In any case Extreme series of Intel CPUs were always hard to justify. Paying twice as much for a bit more of cache is outrageous.
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