I can only suggest the Asus Sabertooth X58. It's the only board I have used for years. I'm used to the board, but it might be overwhelming to new users. It does offer some nice settings and features.
I've come from your other thread, such a good job on everything. The X58 platform still performs and surprises everyone.
I'm trying to find a 6 core now!
Thanks to the widespread news of the hex cores, USED Asus Sabertooth X58’s have increased in price. It’s going to be hard to find a cheap one now. Anywhere from $230-$300+ is what I’ve been seeing since late last year. Sabertooth X58 were as low as $110-150, but not anymore.
Thank man! X58 users should unite. We are still using an extremely viable platform that can still run any graphic card released today. I’m sure the platform does surprise everyone, which is probably why the X58 boards have been skyrocketing over the past year or so. I saw a Sabertooth X58 for $800 brand new on Amazon. Funny thing is someone actually purchased it. Now there’s only 1 for $229.99. I’m going to posting my gaming benchmarks soon.
A lot of the 6-cores have been selling out all across Ebay. Good luck man. I hope you find a nice chip one that's good and not defective.
yea prices are hella low on the x5XXX series. on eBay you can grab an SR-2 for $350ish, and 2 x5650s for $250ish for both, and have a 12C/24T computing monster
Alright I've gotten getting my GPU\Gaming Benchmark scores together. I will be updating my post on the first page with all new info I post throughout this topic. I've taken the L5639 info from my L5639 topic and compared both processors - here:
The L5639 topic is here:
Alright here are my Gaming Benchmarks. I will post more benchmarks as I complete them. I’m going to be comparing my X5660, L5639 and i7-960 benchmarks. If you would like to compare your scores please post them. I tried to remember some my i7-960 scores. 4Ghz-4.2Ghz is all most gamers will need anyways with Hex-cores. The X5660 will be a better choice if you stream games online in HD. It should be able to handle the load and specific settings in certain streaming programs for high end CPUs.
GTX 670 2-way SLI @ 980Mhz [except 3DMark Cloud Gate and Vantage which was ran @ 915Mhz]
[email protected] = P16449
[email protected] = P15692
[email protected] was around P12000-P13000
Looks like the GTX 670 2GB 2-Way SLI is pushing max with the Hex cores. The X5660 increased my Graphics [+174 points], Physics [+1,736 points] and Combined Score [+809 points]. If I could get both GPUs to run @1000Mhz+ I’m sure I could probably crack the 17000 mark. The benchmarks were smooth with Hex-CPUs. To the naked eye I couldn’t notice any difference. My GPUs are running on air so heat did become an issue.
[email protected] = P47325
[email protected] = P45164
Here is another minor difference in score.
3DMark Ice Storm:
[email protected] = P197876
[email protected] = P173914
i7-960 @ 4Ghz = P157635
Now we can see some bigger differences in the score and performance %. The X5660 scored 26% higher than the i7-960. The X5660 performed 14% better than the L5639. The X5660 performed pretty good with the GTX 670s @ 960Mhz.
3DMark Fire Strike:
[email protected] = 11205
[email protected] = 10900
[email protected] = 9787
Using Hex cores definitely makes the benchmark much smoother. The X5660 offered a 14.4% increase over my [email protected] and only 2.7% over the L5639. Fire Strike depends on the GPU.
Real Time Benchmarks
The real time benchmarks are games that I have played while capturing real time data. Instead of relying on a benchmark tool found in a lot of games nowadays, I play through the levels looking for micro stutter and or delays. The L5639 handled Maxed High End games like Crysis 3, Tomb Raider and Metro: LL etc. Let's see how the X5660 handle Crysis 3,
GTX 670 2-Way SLI @ 915Mhz
Welcome to the Jungle - 1920x1080p
CPU Max Temps:58c
GPU 1: 83c
GPU 2: 71c
Those temps were pretty much steady throughout the benchmark and gameplay. Due to heat concerns I had to run the GPU cores @ 915Mhz instead of 980Mhz.
As you can not much has changed in this category. I actually gained 3 frames per second and the frame rate was well above 60fps throughout the level. I’m guessing it’s safe to say that 4Ghz-4.2Ghz will be fine for high end gaming with the Hex cores. With no more CPU bottlenecking I’ve finally hit the max on my graphic cards. I was only getting 25fps to 35fps with my [email protected] Two extra cores make a huge difference. The L5639 and X5660 is fine for high end gaming.
Average Frame time: 19ms
My frame times were slightly better. The game played fine on both CPUs. The higher clocked X5660 gave it a edge over the L5639. However, I’m sure if both CPUs were clocked at the same speed the difference wouldn’t matter. just as they do not now. So i7-920 to i7-960 and pretty much all Bloomfield users will see a tremendous upgrade. Gaming wise there is no comparisons.
People with SB/IB/HW give your results
OP could you test BF4,BF3,Crysis 1,2,3,Metro LL,Metro 2033,Alien vs predator 3,Grid 2,CIV 5,Starcraft II?
I don't have BF3 or BF4.
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