Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel CPUs › LGA 1366, upgrade to Xeon?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

LGA 1366, upgrade to Xeon?

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
So, I stumbled across a thread earlier about LGA 1366 xeons. Until then I'd completely forgotten that they were around. I was substantially surprised when I realized they could be had for so cheap. So, I'm hunting info.

I'm considering the switch to get my current rig to stretch out a bit longer. I'm sitting pretty limited on my overclock because I just came up bad on the chipset lottery. My IMC is very poor on my existing i7 920 and gets overworked quite quickly and requires substantial amounts of voltage to go faster and I'm not comfortable running that full-time to support my gaming habit. Now, I've still got some homework to do concerning mobo/RAM compatibility, but if those questions can be answered I'm wondering if this is a viable move for me. I found an X5560 for a decent price on amazon (I don't like ebay personally). The idea of having one extra step on my multiplier tickles my fancy. A lower TDP will also help keep my AC from working so hard to keep up. Now for the pieces of info I'm looking for help on:

I've heard that the xeons generally have better IMC's. Can anyone provide substance to this? Links are great.
I'm fairly certain, but can someone confirm that a xeon will perform the same as a consumer part clock-for-clock?
According to intel, the xeon supports a faster memory speed. Will my motherboard limit this or is it entirely dependent on the IMC?
Am I limited to certain architectures to maintain compatibility? For instance, am I limited to an "E" series, or what architectures can I use/not use?

Questions I'm NOT looking to have answered:

Have you seen xx processor for sale at yy site?
Did you know xeons are locked? (So is my i7, so it's all bclk OC anyway)
Why don't you just switch to ivy/sandy/haswell?

While I might not pull the trigger on this specific processor, the information will help me decide to try the xeon route or not. If money wasn't an issue I'd just do it for kicks then build a whole new rig with a haswell and a couple titans. Sadly, I'm not good at hiding from reality anymore when it comes to money. Married, so it's not just my life I'd mess up.
"Efficient" 4k
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G 
RAMHard DriveCoolingPower
G. Skill Ripjaws 4 Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 932 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
  hide details  
Reply
"Efficient" 4k
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G 
RAMHard DriveCoolingPower
G. Skill Ripjaws 4 Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 932 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 
Looks like my motherboard limits me to Xeons that start with a W. Disappointing since those are the pricy ones. Does anyone know what happens when you use an un-supported CPU in a motherboard? Is it a feature limiting thing or a stability thing?
"Efficient" 4k
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G 
RAMHard DriveCoolingPower
G. Skill Ripjaws 4 Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 932 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
  hide details  
Reply
"Efficient" 4k
(9 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i7 5820k ASRock X99 Extreme 4 MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G 
RAMHard DriveCoolingPower
G. Skill Ripjaws 4 Crucial MX100 512 Custom Loop XFX Pro 1000W Limited Black Edition Modular 
Case
Cooler Master HAF 932 
CPUGraphicsRAM
i7 4710HQ NVIDIA GTX 860m 2x 4GB 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 3
Pretty sure the motherboard won't be able to recognize it if it's unsupported, but I'm not 100% sure on that.

IMO I'd go with a W3530 (i7 930 Xeon equivalent).
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Intel CPUs
Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel CPUs › LGA 1366, upgrade to Xeon?