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The P55 or X58 Dilemma: Which is is right for me?

Poll Results: X58 or P55?

 
  • 75% (9)
    X58
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    P55
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post #1 of 9
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Heya everybody,

So my financial situation is becoming more steady and I'm getting a nice chunk of change back from my tax returns.

I am wanting to upgrade my rig, and am half sold on Bulldozer but a side of me just wants to go back to Intel.

I am debating between P55 and X58. I am mainly leaning P55 over P67 due to I can get some REALLY nice deals on P55 set ups because of people switching over to Sandy Bridge. While I know you might say "but then why X58, it'll cost you more than both".

Well I'm pretty much building my PC up to do A LOT more than it currently can do right now. Furthermore, the games I play tend to use more RAM usage than others. On top of that I do multitasking quite a lot.

Here's what I plan on doing:
Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Vegas/Adobe Premier, Blender or another 3d modeling program, websurfing, music listening, movie watching, and playing 2 or more games.... at the same time.

Given I might not do ALL of them at the same time, but a nice chunk of them I will be.

I know X58 is "old", and the 1155/1156 i7's are getting higher scores on bench marks and what not, but can the X58 still reign supreme in these kind of multi-tasking situations? Or is it still OK just to grab a P55 board?

Would the triple channel memory help me out being able to alt tab and doing certain tasks often? I would be getting 12gb of RAM if I did go X58, and trust me I'd be using quite a big chunk of it if I was to go that route.

Also, I'm aiming to have this rig last me years to come. Mainly in the video card department though. I wouldn't mind doing SLI when BF3 comes out and getting a big 1080p monitor, possibly 2. I am thinking that in a year or so, the video cards will begin to become more and more of a bottleneck with x8/x8.

I know it sounds like I might be answering my own questions, but I need some advice. Also if I was to go P55, I'd be getting an i7 860/870 or the Xeon X3440 again.

tl;dr

P55 or X58 for Multitasking like byahhhh!
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post #2 of 9
I'm in the same boat. From what I read there's next to no difference in performance, maybe the X58 pips the P55 by a nose hair? I'm leaning towards P55, to me X58 just means more expensive and more power consumption. I think for heavy photo/video editing you might gain a little performance with triple channel RAM.
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post #3 of 9
P55 tends to overclock a little lower than X58, while most 930s etc reach 4.2 on air the 860s tend to get 4.0 with the same temps. Graphics performance there is little or nothing in it unless you go for three or more cards. As for memory you can just fill all the slots and get 16GB on a P55 board if you are so inclined.
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post #4 of 9
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Thanks for the replies.

In what instance would I benefit from Triple Channel memory though?
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post #5 of 9
You never really benefit from triple channel mem in real world situations, only benchmarks.

With regard to system choice, I'd recommend X58 for your uses, as you can get more RAM more cheaply (you can just use 6 2GB modules for 12GB), and the CPU will be faster for the multithreaded apps you'll be using (in the small, amateur amount of Blender use I experience, I definitely don't like waiting around, so the faster the better!)
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post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Scorpii View Post
You never really benefit from triple channel mem in real world situations, only benchmarks.

With regard to system choice, I'd recommend X58 for your uses, as you can get more RAM more cheaply (you can just use 6 2GB modules for 12GB), and the CPU will be faster for the multithreaded apps you'll be using (in the small, amateur amount of Blender use I experience, I definitely don't like waiting around, so the faster the better!)
Is the multithreaded performance of X58 better than that of P55?

The only other concern I'm considering is graphics cards in about a year, if the bottle neck by x8/x8 SLI becomes more visible.
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post #7 of 9
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The only other concern I'm considering is graphics cards in about a year, if the bottle neck by x8/x8 SLI becomes more visible.
I don't think so. From what I've read, the difference btwn x8/x8 & x16/x16 is minor, if not negligible and I don't believe that's gonna change in a year or 2.
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I was thinking about when Kepler comes out for Nvidia, but then again it seems like theres only an FPS difference at 5760x1200 with x8/x8 and x16/x16.

Is OCing on the X58 chipset as easy as it is on P55?
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I was thinking about when Kepler comes out for Nvidia, but then again it seems like theres only an FPS difference at 5760x1200 with x8/x8 and x16/x16.

Is OCing on the X58 chipset as easy as it is on P55?
Yeah there isn't much difference between x16 and x16 at the moment, but that's only because most GPUs don't saturate an x16 slot yet. Better GPUs are more likely to, so as you wait for future releases the chance of being limited by an x8/x8 setup increases.

With regard to overclocking, I haven't got experience of P55, but X58 is pretty easy... although does take a bit of reading up as the architecture is different to Core 2 (my previous experience) and obviously AMD also. But it's only the difference of an hour or two of research and testing until you're up to speed with regard to knowledge, and can get a decent overclock with it.

X58 does just have better performance, and generally most of the line's CPUs are very overclockable (compared to P55, which is slightly less so I think), and you get better performance per clock cycle. But there isn't much in it, however as I mentioned above you probably will notice a difference with the rendering etc you do
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