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Hello community,

Last night I went to my local Microcenter and purchased the i7-6950x for $1599. I'm still unsure about the processor, but I wanted to at least purchase it while it was on sale.

The more reviews I read on the 6950x, the more difference in opinions I see. Some have recommended purchasing 2x Xeons for 20+ cores and 40 threads compared to 10 cores and 20 threads for roughly the same price. Others have said the chip is amazing, but won't overclock pass 4.1ghz, while others have said its not worth the price.

I think the OC community is very great and has given me great advice over the years. Do you think I should keep the 6950x or look at going the 2x Xeon route for gaming? I don't know much about Xeon processors (other than they are mainly used for servers). Is 2x Xeons even viable for gaming as from what I read it's locked and cannot be oc'd?

I would appreciate any advice or suggestions!

Thanks for reading my post.
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I think this question about 10/ 20 Core processors are kind of a Moot point being that most games (As of now) really wouldn't use more than 6 - 8 (If that)

So the thought of having 20 Cores for gaming.... Eh.... I am just not sure this would be the route to go.

I would love to have the 6950x. Could I put it that way? I wouldn't buy a dual socket server board to house 2 x Xeon Processors.

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You could get an i5 and not notice a difference in gaming lachen.gif

I would like to see a comparison of OCed 6950x vs dual Xeons of similar price and see how much the higher clock and higher core count makes a difference in apps. In games, you're better of with 6950x and higher single core performance.

There are the 26x0 v4 Xeons that are really nice. For most people any i7 is way too powerful for what they do with them.
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You could get an i5 and not notice a difference in gaming lachen.gif

I would like to see a comparison of OCed 6950x vs dual Xeons of similar price and see how much the higher clock and higher core count makes a difference in apps. In games, you're better of with 6950x and higher single core performance.

There are the 26x0 v4 Xeons that are really nice. For most people any i7 is way too powerful for what they do with them.

A nicely overclocked 6600K would actually perform better in the vast majority of games. tongue.gif
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A nicely overclocked 6600K would actually perform better in the vast majority of games. tongue.gif

+1 Definitely.
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post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by TheCautiousOne View Post

I think this question about 10/ 20 Core processors are kind of a Moot point being that most games (As of now) really wouldn't use more than 6 - 8 (If that)

So the thought of having 20 Cores for gaming.... Eh.... I am just not sure this would be the route to go.

I would love to have the 6950x. Could I put it that way? I wouldn't buy a dual socket server board to house 2 x Xeon Processors.

TCO

TCO - thanks for the info.

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Originally Posted by JackCY View Post

You could get an i5 and not notice a difference in gaming lachen.gif

I would like to see a comparison of OCed 6950x vs dual Xeons of similar price and see how much the higher clock and higher core count makes a difference in apps. In games, you're better of with 6950x and higher single core performance.

There are the 26x0 v4 Xeons that are really nice. For most people any i7 is way too powerful for what they do with them.

You are right. I'm so an i5 would be fine. However, when I do a complete PC build/ upgrade every 3-6 years (depending on what's going on and if my PC is struggling), I buy the top of the line, CPU, MOBO, RAM , etc to last me for as long as possible.

I build my current machine back in July of 2012; i7 3770K DDR3 etc. I run a Titan X and a Wasabi Mango UHD550 4K monitor. Right now, my CPU is starting to bottleneck me on 4K gaming and among other editing stuff I do.
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A nicely overclocked 6600K would actually perform better in the vast majority of games. tongue.gif

I completely agree with you. As stated above I like to buy the top of the line for each computer rebuild every 3-6 years.

Now, I would like to see an OC 6950K vs and OC 6900K to see if the extra $700 is worth it.
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Makes me sad to see someone buying this 10 core processor ,ready to buy bi-processor system, without any idea of the usage from that many cores in gaming scenario. With 6 cores you can stream and game at once. Starting from 8 cores, you're in the workstation territory and more than this is for server (like 20,40...)
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Makes me sad to see someone buying this 10 core processor ,ready to buy bi-processor system, without any idea of the usage from that many cores in gaming scenario. With 6 cores you can stream and game at once. Starting from 8 cores, you're in the workstation territory and more than this is for server (like 20,40...)

As stated above, I do more than gaming that affects my CPU. Of course I know 10cores is way overkill for gaming (I'm not that naive); however, others things I do are affected by the CPU ram etc. If I was one that rebuilds a PC every time a new gen CPU comes out, I would not spend $1700. I've gotten way more out of my 3770K over the past 4 years than I paid. I like to semi future proof myself. Not sure if you do 4K Gaming, but my current i7 is struggling.

In addition, some folks just like to be early adopters of new technology. I am one of them. Do I need a new MacBook, iPad, iPhone, GCard, etc when it comes out. No, but I enjoy cutting edge technology and I'm fortunate to have the money to support it. wink.gif
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I for one am waiting for Purley and hoping that EVGA releases another overclockable dual cpu killer mobo (like the SR-2 was).
That way I could buy two 6 core xeons and overclock them to 5+ghz and get the best of both worlds.
A man can hope right?
Edited by Dotachin - 6/9/16 at 11:07am
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I for one am waiting for Purley and hoping that EVGA releases another overclockable dual cpu killer mobo (like the SR-2 was).
That way I could buy two 6 core xeons and overclock them to 5+ghz and get the best of both worlds.
A man can hope right?

Wow, I just looked up the SR-2 (never heard of it before), and it looks beastly! Was it a great board? Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought I read the new Xeons are locked?
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