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I need help deciding if I should get Xeon E3110 (same as E8400)! Urgent!

post #1 of 12
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Hi guys!

I currently own a E6600 and have been fairly happy with it so far. I thought my next CPU upgrade would be a quad core but I just came across an awesome deal :

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...0&promoid=1065

(prices is in Canada are generally higher than in the us, take it in consideration plz... for instance the Q6600 is still 280$ up here...)

My E6600 is oced at 3.2GHz atm and if I get the Xeon I'd get it to ~4.3GHz.

And... well, I'm a Crysis player and I really don't think the game uses 4 cores anyway atm...


1) So do you think I would observe a little FPS boost going from my E6600 to this Xeon 3110?

2) Do you think the Xeon 3110 would outperform a Q6600 or a Q6700 in most games atm (including Crysis) considering none takes full advantage of more than 2 cores?

3) Would vista feel a bit snappier with it?

4) That would be my first Xeon CPU... can they be used for gaming as well? How do they compare to C2D?

5) It says LGA775... would it work in my EVGA680i A1 mobo?

6) Is the upgrade worth 100$ (I'd probably get about 140 for my E6600)? Would you go for it?

Thanks a lot in advance!
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post #2 of 12
Keep in mind that OC most likely settles down around 4G with typical air cooling.

1. Yes. You may see little boost if the E3110 OC above E6600.
2. E3110 is about the same as E8400 so yes, it is doing better in games.
3. I don't think so. If it does, then reinstall.
4. Most of E3110 are the same as counterpart c2d but with lower VID range and higher thermal limit.
5. It should.
6. E6600 is B2 and at 3.2. Personally, I am more toward to do an upgrade if can get $140 from E6600.
post #3 of 12
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+ rep !!

Thanks!!

I would like to get more opinions though please!
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There's a lot of people on slizone that swear quads make a good 10-15% difference if your running sli in crysis. I couldn't tell you but thats what i've read.
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post #5 of 12
I heard Crysis is the only game that currently supports Quad Core processors.. Isn't it?
Anyways,,I am running E3110 at 4.14GH, and quiet satisfied.
Xeon takes much lower Voltage and can take much higher heat than Norman ones.
If you get good one, I'm pretty sure you can hit 4G easy and 4.3 with little effort.
4.5 with high effort with special-cooling
You won't feel the fps boost in games.. becuz your current chip is good enough I think.
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I've been told it was a bit of a bottleneck for my SLI 8800GTX...

and check this out :

http://www23.tomshardware.com/cpu_20...1096&chart=424

Seems like a serious improvement in games... don't you think?

And wouldn't the 6MB cache versus 4MB cache help as well?
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I agree with Lin's statements above in full, but I'd add that before doing an upgrade to, inter alia, "make Vista feel snappier" you might try a clean install of the OS, especially if you feel performance is not as snappy as it was initially.

As my software guy puts it "Windows fouls its own nest." Sometimes you need to bring a hose.

That said, the Wolfdales are great processors.
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post #8 of 12
If gameing in general is more your bag then go for the Xeon E3110. The fact that it's abale to attain higher overclocks will show more performance in games than the extra cores of a Quad would. However, you'd notice more of a performance gain from other applications by going with the Q6600.

Crysis does indeed support four cores by the way. To be honest, I wouldn't bother with upgradeing at all unless you're serious about hitting at least 4.0Ghz, otherwise the investment isn't worth the performance gained.
post #9 of 12
I would definitely go for it. I'm sure you would see a nice improvement in games and with an overclocking beast it should be better.
    
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post #10 of 12
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+1 rep to all of you!

But I need more opinions please. You guys are really split between "go for it" and "not worth it".

Also, money ain't really an issue here...
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