Originally Posted by akromatic
btw where do you find those used SM boards? checking ebay and im not getting any results
Don't search for the full model number with the -HF suffix or whatever it was. Just "X8DTT" will do.
Same deal with the AMD board. Only "H8DGT" is needed.
price and bragging rights would be the thing.
1366 gear is just dirt cheap. you can get dual hex cores + board cheaper then a 5820k but sure you can get more performance from a 18 core xeon.
then again who wouldnt want a dual CPU SFF box and be the next unobtainium build. i just want to do it because i can and not because i need to but at the end of the day i can still use it as a server and more if not gaming.
Eh, I'll give you that. Epeen is a great driving force in the industry.
Ooh, I thought you meant Haswell when I first read that. Yeah, in that case I think a 10-core Xeon would be enough to beat them clock-for-clock. The biggest issue Westmere-EP has is that's it's just old. PCIe 2.0 from the CPU and chipset, SATA II only, no native support for USB 3.0 at all, and some other things. CPU is still pretty good - I don't think AMD has matched it yet even with Carrizo - but the platform is just kinda eh. And it's especially bad since Skylake has come out. More than three times the PCIe lanes from the chipset and they're a generation newer, SATA Express support, USB 3.1 support, DDR4, and so on. It's one or two revisions ahead in every interconnect.
That said if you don't really need newer instruction sets, if you don't really need any super fancy I/O, and if you just want to play with a 2P system. Sure, go for it! I'm not entirely sure what use you'll find for it, but you can always see how well it handles BOINC or [email protected]