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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 04:39 PM - Thread Starter
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X299 WU8 : Is the price too high?

Hey guys,

Last year I built a x299 Aorus Gaming 7 Love it.MB cost me $309 on Amazon

I want to build a new system and was looking at x299 WU8 ($479 on Amazon)

Yes it has 7 pcie slots but what makes it almost $200 more than the Aorus Gaming 7? Is it worth that price?

What is the absolute BEST Gigabyte MB out there regardless of price that can take the top of the line Intel processor?

Thanks !
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Hi,
X299 WU8 is a workstation board so its more targeted towards you know "work" Question is do u really need it ? From what I can tell its more expensive because of PLX chips that are on the board, "it allows the board to operate at either x16/x16/x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, for GPUs or FPGAs or other PCIe accelerators". Long story short, you can have a bunch of gpus
Please tell us what is your main goal ? Gaming, Productivity, Rendering ?
Also why only GB vendor ?

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Been with Gigabyte for 10-12 years just good quality. Second choice Asus

I do massive storage of HD and 4k and need a gazillion sata ports

I also do 4k editing and need shear horsepower.

I had wished MB manufacturers had accelerated their timeline to move beyond the x299 chipset but they have not.

So basically I need a "WORK STATION" because of the high intensity work I do. I had tha Aorus Gaming 7 and never played a game LOL.

Just want the best and a 7 pcie config will allow me more goodies to add in. Though the vega64 will probably mask 2 pcie slots whereas in aorus gaming 7 my rx390 though just as thick only masked one because of the m.2 slot between slots

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Hi,
X299 WU8 is a workstation board so its more targeted towards you know "work" Question is do u really need it ? From what I can tell its more expensive because of PLX chips that are on the board, "it allows the board to operate at either x16/x16/x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8/x8, for GPUs or FPGAs or other PCIe accelerators". Long story short, you can have a bunch of gpus
Please tell us what is your main goal ? Gaming, Productivity, Rendering ?
Also why only GB vendor ?
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Quote: Originally Posted by hdtvjeff View Post
Been with Gigabyte for 10-12 years just good quality. Second choice Asus

I do massive storage of HD and 4k and need a gazillion sata ports

I also do 4k editing and need shear horsepower.

I had wished MB manufacturers had accelerated their timeline to move beyond the x299 chipset but they have not.

So basically I need a "WORK STATION" because of the high intensity work I do. I had tha Aorus Gaming 7 and never played a game LOL.

Just want the best and a 7 pcie config will allow me more goodies to add in. Though the vega64 will probably mask 2 pcie slots whereas in aorus gaming 7 my rx390 though just as thick only masked one because of the m.2 slot between slots

Thanks !
Then I believe you have your answer, the price is so high because PLX chips are expensive in general.

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Ideally I would like a dual Xenon rig.

But from what I read the speed of each core is less than what an i9 might be

Though the Xenon gold has 22 cores with 2.4ghz for each core..So two of them in a rig would I "THINK" be better than a $2000 i9?



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Then I believe you have your answer, the price is so high because PLX chips are expensive in general.

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Quote: Originally Posted by hdtvjeff View Post
Ideally I would like a dual Xenon rig.

But from what I read the speed of each core is less than what an i9 might be

Though the Xenon gold has 22 cores with 2.4ghz for each core..So two of them in a rig would I "THINK" be better than a $200 i9?
Meeeh go for Xeon W-3175X, 56 threads and still decent speed, its overclockable and overkilled, exactly what u want

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Might do that in 2020, I guess now it's the WU8 !

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Meeeh go for Xeon W-3175X, 56 threads and still decent speed, its overclockable and overkilled, exactly what u want
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Quote: Originally Posted by hdtvjeff View Post
Might do that in 2020, I guess now it's the WU8 !

I like Gigabyte and never had a quality issue with them, but here's an Asus workstation board with a pile of PCIe that can do 2x 28c/56t CPUs...not an overclocking mobo, though, in spite of some of the marketing talk. Pricing is higher than WU8 but far lower than W3175X boards

https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Commercia...WS-C621E-SAGE/
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I have used intel CPUs for building my rigs since 1997

Now I discovered the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores and 64 threads. (Too bad no dual CPU Socket motherboard)

Are there any negatives going the AMD route?

I know this is a Intel thread; just askin!

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Quote: Originally Posted by hdtvjeff View Post
I have used intel CPUs for building my rigs since 1997

Now I discovered the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX with 32 cores and 64 threads. (Too bad no dual CPU Socket motherboard)

Are there any negatives going the AMD route?

I know this is a Intel thread; just askin!

Thanks

I run both Intel HEDT and AMD Threadripper (the latter a 2950X 16c/32t, per sig rig link) and have had no negative issues re. AMD (or Intel, other than Intel's side channel hacking problems..). The 2990WX 32c/64t is a slightly different beast though compared to the 2950x...re. rendering performance, the 2990wx is superb and its only drawback is slower gaming performance (though it does have a game mode). One of the issues was/is not the processor itself but the Windows scheduler which simply wasn't set up for 32 cores (much less of an issue in Linux). The best thing you can do is check reviews and vids by Gamers Nexus and others re. productivity performance of Threadripper vs Intel HEDT re. the specific software you are using for rendering and editing. There's plenty of Intel vs AMD comparative material out there.

What really sweetens the deal for Threadripper in your situation is the MSI X99 MEG Creation board (I use) and recommended for the 2990X given the mobo's strong VRM...with your described POV in mind, it comes not only with three onboard M.2 slots (under aluminum coolers), but also with a fan-cooled PCIe card with an ADDITIONAL four M.2 slots. Check the MSI X99 MEG Creation online manual re. all those plus the 'regular' SSD etc.
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