Originally Posted by lutjens
It's not simply about numbers on a screen or e-peen. Many people actually make full use of the performance that such chips offer. I benchmark my computers solely to make sure they are performing up to snuff, not to break records or earn accolades. You ask about the E5-2699 V3. It's a great chip with incredible potential, but if they end up being locked, they'll be useless to many people. While being multi-threaded monsters, their simgle thread performance deficit will be huge. If one cannot alleviate that deficit with better cooling and some modest clock speed increases, the deficit will be a deal-breaker for many people. With Sandy Bridge-EP/Ivy-Bridge-EP, Intel gave the user the choice of either multi-threaded or single-threaded prowess...never both...and the user has been denied the ability to close the performance gap by themselves, even if the user provides the necessary cooling. If there are unlocked SKU's for Haswell-EP, the user will have the ability to have both a multi-threaded powerhouse AND a CPU that isn't a complete dog when it comes to single-threaded applications. This alone will make an unlocked E5-2699 V3 well worth the money. However, if it's locked, it will definitely NOT be worth it, as the single threaded deficit is way too severe with the E5-2699 V3s all core Turbo of a mere 2.8 GHz.
Well I was mostly talking about the people that don't make use of the chip and solely get it for benching while only doing some light tasks that can be handled by an i3.
Anyway about the E5-2699 V3, let's say money is not an issue like many people are claiming here. Even with it being locked, it's superior in multi-threading which is the only application to even get a fast CPU. The lack of single-threaded performance can easily be overcome by having a second system for your daily single-threaded applications. That way you can hook up an additional monitor to the Xeon rig and let it work on those heavy multi-threaded jobs.
What I am trying to say is, if $1k is nothing for you then how about $10k+ for an Xeon rig or simply get both. It's a huge difference in price so many people will hit their money limit, however it seems like the best option to get maximum performance if you really have that much disposable income.