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post #5781 of 7891
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The X5650 is right around the best price for performance. Trouble is everyone buys them, abuses them, and then resells the ones they don't want.

Except according to cpu-world, those are dual-socket 1366 xeons. Which... don't work in but a extremely tiny list of normal single-socket 1366 motherboards.

The cheapest good performance 6-core designed for single-socket motherboards is the W3670, which can be had for about $100 - $120 used on ebay (buy it now, I just looked) and comes with default 3.4 ghz.
post #5782 of 7891
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Except according to cpu-world, those are dual-socket 1366 xeons. Which... don't work in but a extremely tiny list of normal single-socket 1366 motherboards.

The cheapest good performance 6-core designed for single-socket motherboards is the W3670, which can be had for about $100 - $120 used on ebay (buy it now, I just looked) and comes with default 3.4 ghz.

that 5660 stock on 1333 ram runs pretty stale
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*DISCLAIMER* not my listing! I found this at random in ebay last night, forgot to post it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321994260390

Someone's posting a sexy 1366 listing on ebay.

EVGA CLASSIFIED x58 3-way-sli motherboard. I own this one myself and it will take every possible 1366 cpu, desktop or xeon past 4ghz with overclocking.

Comes with 6 core xeon, 3.2 ghz version.

And, apparently it's the dual-socket version, which.. I know these boards don't take by default and have to be modified to do it, so already been modified some how, either by factory or by themselves.

Big point and why I'm mentioning it: Comes with full-board waterblock, and cpu waterblock. Board block covers vrm's, northbridge and southbridge.

Even includes ram too, I have no idea what speed though and seller doesn't say.
post #5784 of 7891
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Except according to cpu-world, those are dual-socket 1366 xeons. Which... don't work in but a extremely tiny list of normal single-socket 1366 motherboards.
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lol those X5650s work in a lot of single socket motherboards.
     
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What do you think about the rampage 3 extreme mobo? Would it be worth buying for 120 bucks if it is used but in fully working condition or should I try to find something better in that price range?
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lol those X5650s work in a lot of single socket motherboards.

^^^^^ Some. The thing is they're not -guaranteed- to work in -all- single socket boards, only some, and then you never know if it will or not until you try.

Since it's not my money being spent, I would rather educate folks about the possible incompatibility that may arise, and warn folks that there is a chance those chips may not work in everything.

Most boards yes, but not always all of them.

Where as the 1-way, single-socket xeons are typically guaranteed to work in 99.99% of 1366 single-socket boards.
post #5787 of 7891
You overstated "Tiny list".
     
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You overstated "Tiny list".

I've worked with and built a lot of 1366 motherboard based systems over the years (a couple hundred) I've seen.. about three or four that would take dual-socket chips normally, in a single socket board. A gigabyte one, one asrock x58 thing, and a dell alienware I forget the model, and one hp "work station" motherboard. The vast majority won't even show POST with these other chips installed.

So yes a "tiny list" I can probably count on one hand the amount I've seen it work in.

So.. "Your Milage May Vary", if you figure out one that works, yay you're lucky. But most of them don't.

My "EVGA classified x58 3-way-sli" motherboard does not, by default. When it was still in warranty there was an option to ship it to EVGA and they would modify it for us and send it back. Unfortunately I didn't learn about this "option" until way after warranty period expired. Some other folks published how to do it ourselves by soldering some pads on the motherboard together to "close" one of the two QPI Links. I tried on mine and almost ruined the board and still couldn't get it done right and gave up and just deal with single-socket chips. It means if I want to go back to 6-core I have to wait for the prices to come down a lot farther to what I consider affordable.
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post #5789 of 7891
The list that doesn't accept the dual QPI Xeon is a tiny list, I would say
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post #5790 of 7891
The only point I was trying to make is if you are going to suggest those processors to people as "A good buy", then you should at least include the disclaimer that there is some possibility it may not work in their system is all.

Else they might go shell out $100 for something, have it not even show POST in their computer and then they'll be all sad and confused.
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