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I have a few questions about the Xeon processors. Can you use the Xeon for gaming and how good will they do? do they compare to the i7 980x?

If anyone knows of any benchmarks comparing these kinds or processors or forums i can look at. That would help. Thanks
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The new Xeon's are just Server versions of the i7's.
Look at the SR-2. People use that as a gaming machine and it does just fine.
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W series Xeons are rebrands of the i7 1366/1156.

X5 series are 32nm 980x rebrands iirc

Xeons are usually higher binned, therefore much better clockers, however there isn't much point going for a Xeon now as Sandy bridge romped their fame
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Server CPUs are not like Server GPUs. While server CPUs can be used for gaming perfectly, server GPUs are horrible choices for gaming PCs.

Also, Xeons allow for multiple CPU setups, while i7s don't.
And Xeon 36xx is essentially an i7 980x.
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Server CPUs are not like Server GPUs. While server CPUs can be used for gaming perfectly, server GPUs are horrible choices for gaming PCs.

Also, Xeons allow for multiple CPU setups, while i7s don't.
And Xeon 36xx is essentially an i7 980x.
SR-2

I actually plan on going dual Quad.
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I have a few questions about the Xeon processors. Can you use the Xeon for gaming and how good will they do? do they compare to the i7 980x?
In my experience, the Xeon is maybe 1% to 3% slower on a same-clock comparison to the Gulftown. Some single core app data with Xeon and Gulftown chips and Sandy Bridges for you to make up your own mind:

http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclockin..._results.shtml
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SR-2

I actually plan on going dual Quad.
Well which Xeons are you looking into out of curiousity?

P.S. You know that SR-2s do not support i7 980x... right?
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In my experience, the Xeon is maybe 1% to 3% slower on a same-clock comparison to the Gulftown. Some single core app data with Xeon and Gulftown chips and Sandy Bridges for you to make up your own mind:

http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclockin..._results.shtml
That's somewhat unclear. Xeon 36xx/56xx processors are Gulftown architecture. What's different between the Core and Xeon that would lead to the slow down? I know that some Xeon support ECC memory on the IMC, but if you're not using ECC it shouldn't have an impact...right?
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Well which Xeons are you looking into out of curiousity?

P.S. You know that SR-2s do not support i7 980x... right?
Here ya go



http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclockin..._glacier.shtml

Or, a more economical version, the Dual Xeon X5680 @ 4.0 GHz x 12 cores

http://www.liquidnitrogenoverclockin..._tornado.shtml
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That's somewhat unclear. Xeon 36xx/56xx processors are Gulftown architecture. What's different between the Core and Xeon that would lead to the slow down?
I'm not sure why they are slower, I just know what the results were, time and time again.

You will have to "normalize" the per-GHz results, and scale the reported times up, and you can see how they compare (which is how I did it).

All of the scores shown on that page are rated compared to a stock gulftown (which is 1.000) so it is easy to extrapolate.
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