Originally Posted by gokou
i can change the W3530 for another one or for a little less more price for a X5560 (95W TDP).
Do you think the C5560 is better thans W3530 in termos of Power and Overclock?
Is it compatible with the sabertooth X58?
Thanks in advance!
The C5560 is a beast! Best CPU ever. I'm guessing that C
stands for "cool
Joking aside, the X5560 would be the better choice since most users here had no problems overclocking those bad boys. The W3530 isn't as power efficient as the X5560, gets hotter and has lower bandwidth [memory] overall. The W3530 will provide you with a little more headroom in the voltage requires, allowing you to push the volts\vCore to 1.375v opposed to the X5560 1.35v. I can't really tell you how well the W3530 will overclock since I don't own one, but I have read tons of users overclocking their X5660 with minor issues. Once you decided to go above 4.2Ghz - 4.4Ghz things start to get very warm and crazy with the X5560 or just about any CPU for that matter. The X5660 is a great CPU, but the only difference between it and the X5660 is that you get 1 extra multiplier. That's it. It might not be worth the extra price if it's a lot more than a cheap X5560.
Also make sure you buy from a bulk seller and not a person trying to sell less than 5 etc. Some people have cherry picked through the CPUs and are trying to sell off their bad investments. Avoid these people at all cost.
Originally Posted by OCmember
That would be a good idea. I don't store much on my secondary SSD so keeping it on the SATA controller is financially optimal, unfortunately. I do love the looks of those numbers with that PCIe drive
Do you think the Sound card was, in some way, choking the GPU besides the x16 reduction to x8 PCIe 1.1?
Yes I do. It all depends on the manufacturer and how they setup the board. You can occupy all of the PCIe slots, but when someone has them all occupied you'll knock them all some or all of them down to x8 \ x4 \x2 and so on. Usually you can run two PCIe slots at x16\x16 and afterwards it'll drop to x8\x8x\4 and so on.
Ok I haven't gotten around to writing this stuff on my blog, but I have been meaning to for sometime now. Man I guess I need to make some time and finish writing up my X58 crap. Ok so basically You get X16\X16 if you have occupied two of the PCIe 2.0 x16 ports which is fine. Plenty of bandwidth. As said above once you occupy the another PCIe 2.0 x16 slow, it will run at x4 speed and slow you drop those two x16 slows down to x8/x8 respectfully. This depends on the manufacture in most cases. Worse case scenario is that you drop them down to x4\x4\x2\x2 when occupying many slots. This will definitely kill performance for gaming. My board comes with two PCIe 1.0 slots and a original PCI slot [eold school
]. Occupying those slots diminishes speeds. Never had to use them since USB is supported by so many things like cameras, mics, soundcards\ sound interfaces etc.
In my case [Sabertooth X58] once I occupy both x16 slots and when I use the 3rd PCIe x16 slot it will only run at x4 speeds [x16\x16\x4]. Which is not the end of the world since x4 speeds is still 1GB\s which is more than enough for great SSDs speeds. The PCIe clock never slows down either, it's the bits that make the changes. So my GPUs running in SLI still has 32GBs of bandwidth which is more than enough for gaming. I only run a single card now.
PCIe 3.0 x8 [8GBs] isn't a big problem for GPUs, but PCIe 2.0 x8 [4GBs] and below can be a huge issue for us since we will lose bandwidth that comes out sloppy performance for many high end games.
Remove your sound card and benchmark to see what the outcome is. I use USB audio interfaces now instead of sound cards. They do the same exact thing, usually are cheaper and you don't have to worry about occupying a PCIe 1.0 or 2.0 slot. Usually the on-board audio is good enough for most users.