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OK so been thinking of getting a lga1366 rig to play with and wanna throw a Xeon in it.

Thing is I havnt been following the newer chips lately and am wondering what the difference is between the xeons that are listed as Bloomfields and Nehalems.

One other question, how much difference does the L3 cache make with these chips? Is it similar to the 775 chips as far as performance goes?

Thanks for any info. Seems like you stop paying attention to tech for a few months and you dont know whats going on anymore
 

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Nehalem is the architecture for the CPUs. Bloomfield is the name for Xeons that work in single CPU configuration while Gainestown is the dual cpu xeons. Forthcoming Gulftowns will be hexa core 32nm Xeons. The E5520 xeon is 80W, 2.26GHz and is also where Turbo mode, Hyperthreading, DDR3-1066 RAM, 5.86 QPIs, and 8MB cache all start (choose any lesser CPU model and you won't get those 5 items). The price is at the bottom of the mid-range at ~$400.

The X5550 xeon is 95W, 2.66GHz and is also where DDR3-1333 RAM and 6.4 QPIs start (choose any lesser CPU model and you won't get those 2 items). Price is at the bottom of the high-end at ~$850.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_N...roarchitecture)
 

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Do you really need a 95- or 80-watter, though? The Xeon W3520 is cheaper than the ones lsudvm listed, but it's 130W. It's basically a Core i7 920 equivalent.
 

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Thanks guys, so basically newegg is lame with there naming of the chips then.

If you get the older style then you loose ddr3 and ht and a few other things, get the newer ones and you get more features. Also you pay more money for less watts on stock configuration.
 

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If you get the older style then you loose ddr3 and ht and a few other things, get the newer ones and you get more features. Also you pay more money for less watts on stock configuration.

Not older or newer chips - just different features at different price points. They are all newish nehalem xeons.
 

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Thats right - all the single cpu xeons have a 1x and the dual xeons have 2x.
W are single cpu xeons
E and X are dual xeons.
 

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Do you really need a 95- or 80-watter, though? The Xeon W3520 is cheaper than the ones lsudvm listed, but it's 130W. It's basically a Core i7 920 equivalent.

You don't NEED lower wattage, per se. Unless, of course, you're a TYPICAL Xeon user, in which case you may well be paying for power. It adds up when you've got a server room with a few hundred of these going.
 

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You don't NEED lower wattage, per se. Unless, of course, you're a TYPICAL Xeon user, in which case you may well be paying for power. It adds up when you've got a server room with a few hundred of these going.

Yeah, something tells me he's not the typical Xeon user
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OK so been thinking of getting a lga1366 rig to play with and wanna throw a Xeon in it.

 
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