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Xeon W3520 vs i7 930; Pros and Cons

Poll Results: Xeon W3520 or i7 930

 
  • 15% (2)
    i7 930
  • 84% (11)
    Xeon W3520
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
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Is there any benefit of the W3520 vs the Non Xeon Version?

Reason is on the egg, the Xeon is the same price as here locally for the 930. If it is worth the $$ I can have it shipped over from the states and it would still be cheaper than HK prices.

Thanks OCN
post #2 of 5
The Xeon is higher binned which means it was picked from the highest quality silicon and will have a better TDP.

Though, the W3520 is based on the Core i7 920 and not the 930 which has a 23x multiplier instead of a 22x multiplier.

However, based on over clock results that I've seen on these forums, the extra 1x multiplier of the 930 has a negligible effect on over clocking.
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Coming from a fellow 930 user, go for the Xeon--same reason that the above stated and the fact that if you are ever crazy enough you could always go out and buy an EVGA Classified SR-2, and potentially get another W3520 in the future

If you felt like you really absolutely positively needed to. Haha
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post #4 of 5
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Originally Posted by BizzareRide View Post
Though, the W3520 is based on the Core i7 920 and not the 930 which has a 23x multiplier instead of a 22x multiplier.
Those are the multipliers if you have EIST enabled and 3 of your cores are in a sleep state. Since you won't have EIST enabled while overclocking, the multipliers would be 21x for 920/W3520 and 22x for the 930 on all 4 cores if you have turbo enabled.

Also, it seems the earliest D0 chip you can get, the better luck you'll have overclocking. Of course, it's still the luck of the draw. Either way though, all these chips overclock like champs.

I didn't vote because I've never had experience with any Xeon chips. All I can say is I love my 920.
Edited by xXLinkageXx - 7/20/10 at 1:45am
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One thing that comes to mine is since the memory controller is on the chip now, only xeon chips support ECC ram. If that matters to you at all.

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