Originally Posted by n1sm
Then this is not a viable option for me if that's the case. My main uses are gaming. Currently the q8200 just isn't up to snuff for my 2 gtx 460s in sli even at 1440x900. I want to see both cards pushed into the 90% usage on afterburner on this setup. It seems I just need to spend the money and build a fx-8350. Yet, can this actually support what hardware im running without bottle-necking is the true question.
I currently am at 3.2ghz with the q8200 but it has 4mb on chip cache and it shows 40-50% gpu usage on Afterburner. I always thought the cache was the main reason this thing seems to hang a bit when doing certain tasks like its just out of cache and starts paging mid game. It does it with every board and disk drive i have. I've run every type of test and it scores a fairly low cpu mark for such a high overclock and at frequency i feel. The CPU MARK is sitting at 4,727.3 which is GOOD for this cpu but not for what im trying to do. If i saw 6k cpu mark i know i'd be in the clear for smoother bf3 and bf4 game play. Maybe i'd be able to dedicate both gpus to video instead of setting one up as physx to help my cpu out.
Ahh well, I guess we'll see in a few weeks when i get everything together. Any input would be welcomed. Maybe someone who's experienced a lga 771 @ over 3.5ghz with a setup such as mine. If not i'll just benchmark mine when i get it all setup.
It's just I'm so tempted to order a Foxconn X38a sli motherboard that runs ddr3. However, if I do that I'm spending $70 + cost of cpu + ddr3. That's another $150 and i could have a real setup for a few hundred more. Alas these are the things that run through my very troubled mind.
Not entirely relevant to the thread but I decided to run Passmark to give you a point of reference. It's a bit silly to compare a stock i5 to a heavily overclocked Yorkfield variant.
My results: http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=15571318983
Passmark Rating 3,589
CPU Mark 9,024 (i5 3570K @ 4.6 - tops out at 60c)
2D Graphics Mark 824
3D Graphics Mark 4,186 (HD7850)
Memory Mark 2,622 (DDR3 1600)
Disk Mark 1,426 (ancient x25m 80GB)
I don't know how much weight I'd put behind a passmark score, as it's an entirely synthetic benchmark. You absolutely will see an improvement with a Xeon. With a healthy overclock, expect about 25% which would, in a world of perfect scaling, put you just shy of 6K in passmark.
You can pick up a 3rd-gen i5 + board + 8GB DDR3 in forum classifieds for an average of $250, less than that if you wait for a screaming deal. I see 771 pin mods as being most useful for taking $20 Xeons which are equivalent to $100 775 quads, and upgrading older systems with dual cores to something fairly usable with modern games/apps.