Hello, many time reader first time poster here. I've tried to commit a reply here about an hour ago but I lost the data., so I'll have to keep this reply.. briefer. Thank you for your attention to my reply.
For the past few days I've been in the market for a Xeon x5650, x5660, or x5670, x5675 and I think I've settled on purchasing an x5660, however, I've read a few reports of problematic issues with the overclock where the multiplier is lost, something regarding the board i am using the Gigabyte GA-EX58-EXTREME and in conjunction with the processor during an overclock. Something about c states(?) perhaps, where the multiplier setting is lost on reboot.. Is anyone familiar with this?
I've never overclocked before, but i could really use an upgrade over my system's stock i7-920. I have 6 gigs of g.skill 1600mhz 9-9-9-24 1.5v ram, and am looking to receive another kit of this type within 2-3 days, to total 12gb for the platform. I have concerns about having a trouble-free moderate overclock with this chip with my board where the ram speeds are finally properly operating at the rated speed of 1600mhz.
Is this x5660 chip not advisable for my situation, and should I maybe go with an x5670 or x5650 instead? I hear that the multiplier on the x5670 is "better", so might be more compatible with my board and ram for my overclock goals?
Please advise. I'm running short on time, and I've tired to find this sort of information for this particular implementation but I've seen a few problematic reports.. and so figure this is a good place to ask for help, sirs and mam's. I also read some good reports from people who have used an x5680 with the board i have here, too and achieving great results.. I understand also that a system-board firmware update is in order, to a present latest beta bios for better processor support.
I'd like to chat more when i have some more time, however any assistance and expertise granted at this time is appreciated. Also way to go everyone for contributing materials to this great subject, especially the OP who i understand has started threads over in Hardforum too. Props indeed
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