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Poll Results: Which 8 core would you pick?

 
  • 45% (21)
    5960x
  • 54% (25)
    6900k
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Which one did you get?
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post #12 of 28
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Hi there,

First of all many thanks for adding your thoughts, really appreciated! I have thought about Xeons and have in fact considered getting a second hand Xeon machine for rendering, after some thought I decided to go with the i7 for the compromise between single core performance and no. of cores. I have also gotten the impression that setting up a Xeon system would not be as straight forward as getting an x99 system up and running, which for a first timer like myself is a huge deal. This is why I have specifically asked about the two octa-cores.

Would really love to hear your thoughts on the 5960x vs the 6900k smile.gif

get an e5 1680v3, its pretty much a bin picked 5960x. You can use it in your x99 board, you can overclock it, and you can get it for 1/3rd the price. The only problem is taking the risk of not knowing if it will be compatible wit hyour memory, I'd be able to tell you wnat works with it but you probably wont be using the same mobo as me.

If its truly just a choice between 5960x and 6900k, I'd go with the 6900k. It won't be better than the 5960x at the moment but in a month or two once there is better support and the kinks are worked out with bioses and crap, itll definitely be better 100%.
post #13 of 28
That is if you can find a 1680v3 that doesn't cost you $2k. I know siliconlottery had them but not anymore. Strange with the memory since the CPU is supported on X99.
There are nice options from both HWe and BWe and their respective Xeons, it's up to your preference and wallet really.
Edited by JackCY - 6/15/16 at 1:47pm
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That is if you can find a 1680v3 that doesn't cost you $2k. I know siliconlottery had them but not anymore. Strange with the memory since the CPU is supported on X99.
There are nice options from both HWe and BWe and their respective Xeons, it's up to your preference and wallet really.

my mistake I must've been thinking of the older.. one but I'm not really sure if the 6core 1650 can be OC'd or not.. but yeah thats 2 cores less.

OP should prob go with 6900k. Also didn't notice how old this thread was -_-
post #15 of 28
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my mistake I must've been thinking of the older.. one but I'm not really sure if the 6core 1650 can be OC'd or not.. but yeah thats 2 cores less.

OP should prob go with 6900k. Also didn't notice how old this thread was -_-

Well, I'm considering both too. The 5960X is tempting, but the 6900K is allegedly supporting faster memory.
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post #16 of 28
allegedly


The BW-E are perfectly fine with emmory right now and will definitely be able to support faster memory in the future than the 5960x can handle. A lot of the posting in this forum about BW-E memory 'issues' were just random crap people spouted off and then spread around. So far from what I have played with with 6900k and 6950x, they are handling memory much better than the 5960x.

as I said if you are choosing between those 2, i'd go with the 6900k, unless $ is an issue and you want to grab a 5960x while it is on the rebound due to the 6900k release.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by z7x View Post

Which one did you get?

I went with the 5960x, its performance is superior to the 6900k when overclocked.
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get an e5 1680v3, its pretty much a bin picked 5960x. You can use it in your x99 board, you can overclock it, and you can get it for 1/3rd the price. The only problem is taking the risk of not knowing if it will be compatible wit hyour memory, I'd be able to tell you wnat works with it but you probably wont be using the same mobo as me.

If its truly just a choice between 5960x and 6900k, I'd go with the 6900k. It won't be better than the 5960x at the moment but in a month or two once there is better support and the kinks are worked out with bioses and crap, itll definitely be better 100%.

Are the difference in performance not hardware related? The 6900k are physically worse overclockers so my understanding is that it has little to do with software support and optimizations.
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my mistake I must've been thinking of the older.. one but I'm not really sure if the 6core 1650 can be OC'd or not.. but yeah thats 2 cores less.

OP should prob go with 6900k. Also didn't notice how old this thread was -_-

I would have definitely gone with the 6900k if it OCed better. Also even at 4.2 the BW:E chips seem to be very inefficient with power consumption.
post #18 of 28
90 dollars for near 10% ipc
decent if 4.3
post #19 of 28
I mean.. better overclocker =/ better chip, right? If that was the end all be all, everyone would be using FX 8350s. It will still be a little time but right now, and from testing I've done, a like.. 4.3 6900k is going to be like a 4.6 5960x.

And better support as in theres still problems with BIOS across the board, so there are differences in both realms.

But not really a wrong decision either way, with 5960x you can wait a few months and just trade up for a small amount of money, maybe even hold out for skylake-e. I don't think the difference will be so great that it even matters which chip you go with.
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my experience with hardware over the years was that first batch is often superior to later batches.

This is one of the most absurd statements I have ever read. Manufacturing processes almost always improve over time as problems get ironed out. You'll find numerous examples of overclocking improving the longer a certain generation of processors has been out, and this was indeed the case with Haswell-E processors.

I faced a similar question as you and ended up getting a 5960x at Broadwell-E release for the following reasons:
  • IPC improvement is <10% in most cases
  • 5960x after overclocking (to average clock) tends to match the performance of 6900k after overclocking
  • Lower price ($100 less) and better availability at release

As others have said though, you really can't go wrong either way, and chances are as the Broadwell-E process improves they'll overclock better.
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