Originally Posted by PhilWrir;12716217
Another reason to get a Xeon (aside from the binning) is the fact that if you call up Intel with a problem ans say "Ive got a Xeon" they will take you much more seriously. Xeons are a server class CPU, and people who put down the money for one are treated with a great deal of respect at intel. The warranty support seems to be far better because Xeons are Business class rather than consumer class.
I had an issue with my rig at work and called them. The second I said I had a W3530 the guy on the other end was 100% ready to help me and get an RMA out.
Intel knows that Xeons normally go into servers and workstations for businesses and that the longer one of them is down the money money the business looses. Which means they might loose a customer if they dont help fast. I had a similar experience with an i7 930 that a friend owned and the guy on the other end asked endless questions and was kind of a pain in the butt.
Xeons are usually better binned, and always get better support.
Thank you for your informative post, much appreciated.
Speaking of RMA's, just to be sure on this Intel policy; I understand that they will only cover RMA's for boards that are officially supported. I am planning on getting the Asus p6x58d-e for my render nodes. It says it is 6 core ready, does that make it automatically ok, or are there more special requirements?
Edit: For those who don't know, I will be using xeon w3670's.