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Old 11-12-2007, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I've got some considering to do. Till' now, my plan was to wait for the Phenoms, if the Phenoms suck, to wait until the Yorkfields....

But - yesterday Intel unveiled 16 45nm processors. One of them caught my eye, the quad-core Xeon E5420, part of the Xeon series codenamed 'Harpertown'. Curiously enough, it's MSRP was $316, the exact same price for the Q9450 being released in January. It's got the same 12MB L2 cache as well. The E5405, a lower-clocked model, goes for as low as $209!

Now, I don't know much about server/workstation CPUs, but I remember back in the day when I was interested in an Opteron 165, everybody said it was a formidable processor for gaming and that it overclocked very well because of a higher grade silicon used for server processors.

Is the same true for the Xeons? Can I use it for a gaming rig? They seem like quite a good option.

Now another thing is it's LGA771, am I correct in assuming that it should have no trouble being recognized in an LGA775 motherboard?
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hrmm thats weird.. but the kentsfield xeons x3210's and such.. all work on lga775.. but are lga775... never heard of lga771... and i havent heard anything on lga771's being made.. that is a good question

but then again, this isa different structure than the yorksfields.. hrmmmm i don't know if it'll be the same? cuz at least todays xeons are still conroe/kentsfield
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I believe these are Penryns.


PS. Every time I read one of your posts, I can't help but imagine you have a Peter from 'Family Guy' voice, because of that old sig. It's really driving me insane.
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I believe these are Penryns.


PS. Every time I read one of your posts, I can't help but imagine you have a Peter from 'Family Guy' voice, because of that old sig. It's really driving me insane.
haha i find that as a good thing!!! hahaha
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Have a look: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum...fm/853459.html
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LGA 771 is the socket for server boards, and no they won't fit in a 775 board.

Besides, ever since the Core architecture was released Xeons = Core 2 Duos. THey are IDENTICAL.

For example, X3220 = Q6600,
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LGA 771 is the socket for server boards, and no they won't fit in a 775 board.

Besides, ever since the Core architecture was released Xeons = Core 2 Duos. THey are IDENTICAL.

For example, X3220 = Q6600,
really i never new that, interesting never really looked into server cpus b4
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ya i always thought it but was never sure.. i considered buy a x3210 xeon over the q6600.. but i realized i didnt want x8 multi.. so i said forget it
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i remember ppl buying xeons over q6600 ages ago because i think were cheaper wen first came out or sumthin or other. must be coz identical
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