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post #11 of 19
xeon would be faster if u got a serverboard as you can run 2x xeons cpu's but that is very pricey, depends on how much money u wanna spend.. go for the e6600 as its 4mb cache..
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itanium was in pcgamer the other day as the biggest cpu nightmare of all time
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post #13 of 19
Xeon server CPU is said to be better than your Typicall C2D however its really expensive along with a Server motherboard..IMO go with a C2D CPU.
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Originally Posted by The_Manual View Post
Xeon's are designed for intense calculations. Xeon's will calculate mathematics slightly faster over a long period of time, however, in vice versa, will generate a slight reduced frame rate over a certain period of time.
Can you elaborate on how you came to this conclusion about Xeon's? My understanding the the core is the same but with more cache. I don't see how this could lower frame rates when clocked at the same frequency as a Conroe or Allendale.

And to the original question: Any Core 2 based processor can keep up with a LOT of video card. If your rig is for gaming, get a E6300 or E6400 and spend more money on the GPU. Unless you can already afford a 8800GTX single or SLi. Then your processor may become the FPS wall.
     
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post #15 of 19
The Core is technically more or less the same. Due to the improved Silicon within the Xeon, certain transistors have been moved around, and certain additional transistors have been added. Therefore the Core is slightly different from a physical point of view.

From the inner workings (virtual) we have a few changes to the instruction sets, mainly SSSE3+
post #16 of 19
Ah, so by "certain transistors have been moved around" are you saying that Intel did a relayout of the die and moved some of the logic engines (or blocks) to reduce some latencys (and increase others) and the results is better floating point math in Xeons, but slower SSE operations (or whatever causes the slower Direct3D)?
     
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post #17 of 19
Uhhhmmmm.. , the Xeons will run on boards that supports '06' type processors in a 775 socket. I'm pretty sure that the 3060 has 4mb's of internal cache also. This, in combination w/ the premium grade quality of the core, makes it the better candidate for the price.

4mb vs 2mb
proven Xeon core quality...says alot for OC potential
only 10.00 price difference....

..advanced math cpu or not....i dont think Id care much past 4ghz, would you?
post #18 of 19
CL3P20, he's looking at the 3050 which is 2MB shared cache. Spec's are identical to a E6400, but it is a "Xeon". We're trying to decide what the differences are. Some suggest higher grade silicon, others suggest actual design changes, or they could be identical (wouldn't be the first time a corporation has sold the same exact product under 2 different names. It saves them money and sells to 2 markets).
     
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Ah, so by "certain transistors have been moved around" are you saying that Intel did a relayout of the die and moved some of the logic engines (or blocks) to reduce some latencys (and increase others) and the results is better floating point math in Xeons, but slower SSE operations (or whatever causes the slower Direct3D)?
The re-development of the design structure was not related to the changing of logic circuitry, MOSFETS and internal processing units.

I believe an additional Bipolar Junction Transistor was added, along with an enhanced categorical sub array for one of the Floating Point Units (I believe it was the multiply unit).

A singular instruction was apparently switched between the MMX instruction set, and the newly implemented Supplemental SSE3+ instruction set. The change in these instruction sets will allow both processors to obtain slightly better results at their proposed strengths. The strengths of this change can be detected in the "long run" more dramatically.
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