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looks like that motherboard can handle the x99 Xeons -

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/X99-A-II/HelpDesk_CPU/

are you wanting to jump ship to a new platform?

since work has been a tad slow, been doing some reading. those X99 V3 and V4 xeons seem like they do fairly well vs the new skylakes, more cores for cheaper as well. Maybe its something to look into. However, im still on the X58 chipset so if anybody else has a voice about this.

I was just messing around on ebay the other day, 18 core E5-2696V3 for like 1100$?

or this LOL 22C for 1200$

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Intel-Xeon-E5-2696-V4-SR2J0-2-2GHz-22Core-55MB-150W-LGA2011-3-CPU-Processor-/112551825286?hash=item1a349c8f86:g:i~MAAOSwj99Z5dqR
 

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Thanks. 'designed for servers' doesn't really tell me much. Can you summarize pros, cons of Xeons vs i9 Skylake architecture?
 

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Sorry for the delay. If im not mistaken the higher i7 is always been a cutdown version of the xeon.

When i jumped ship my pc performance sky rocketed from my i7 930.

In short i dont find it worth trading in your x99 set up for the x299. Sounds badass but from my reading you lose and gain just a little, besides the nvme performamce slots on the x299 boards.

Heres a couple bench marks for a comparison example. Theyre way better for multi thread vs single, so as a result of a disadvantage

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-E5-2699V4-vs-Intel-6950X
 

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If your current CPU isn't holding you back, then I don't understand the desire to upgrade.
 
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