Originally Posted by Kana-Maru
I've seen some people dropping to X58 because of the much cheaper prices.The other reason is that they could hit 4Ghz -4.4Ghz rather easily for the most part. Now that the Xeons are widely known the prices aren't any better. People started to price gouge on a lot of X58 MBs & X58+RAM combos. My review was mostly targeting users that were still using the X58 platform or had one available. I wouldn't advise anyone post X58 or started a new Rig to start with X58 either. It's not the worst choice, but far from the best choice if you want a new rig. Personally I'm still loving the age old platform. I'm personally waiting for Skylake-E, but even that seems like it might be awhile. The price per performance will matter as well when it's time for me to upgrade.
In the last 12 months I have gone from amd phenom II x6 @4ghz to a sandy bridge firstname.lastname@example.org back "down" to this x5660k @4.3ghz.
The intel chips definitely feel snappier than the phenom but tbh I can't really tell the difference between the sandy bridge and the Xeon.
Overclocked my x5660 runs handbrake, devede and convertx like a champ (better than the email@example.com) which is good because I use them a lot. Gaming and other stuff I see no difference between this and the sandy bridge setup.
I was fortunate with the sandy setup as the cpu socket had a few bent pins so I got it dirt cheap and managed to sort them. After testing for a month all was good and I made £100 out of the deal.
I would have gone back to an AMD setup until I saw this thread so thanks Kana
Originally Posted by chessmyantidrug
I just don't trust buying a secondhand X58 board unless it's through a forum. If an X58 user is bundling their board, processor and RAM, it's probably not a bad buy. The platform is certainly capable and will be for another five years.
Yup it's a gamble. I have both an ex58-ud3r which I have tested fully and it's rock solid with my xeon and a ex58-ud5 which I am testing at the moment. Unfortunately the ud5 is not as solid at the same clocks (getting random reboots when browisng and some weird usb issues with ext hard drives although stress testing passes with flying colors) so the used market can be a bit hit or miss. But both boards were comparatively cheap.
When you consider you can pick up a xeon hex core with hyper threading and x58 board for the cost of a haswell 4770k alone and in some productivity apps it competes with stock devils canyon chips which is really quite a feat when you look at the timeline it has to be the best used buy out there.
For me though the xeon x58 combo has proved to be great on a budget and I think that is the key here.....
Thanks to you all as this has been a great ride for me so far.