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Intel Xeon W5580: Nehalem EP

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Mr T 30th March 2009, 21:08 Quote
Oh god time to go rob the post office again.
Skiddywinks 30th March 2009, 21:15 Quote
Sigh, if I help will you cut me in for half? :/
B1GBUD 30th March 2009, 21:15 Quote
Would anyone really spend £3,000 on 2 Xeon's for a gaming PC? you're gonna have to match that with an equally brutal quad SLI setup that would melt a wallet quicker than thermite through HMS Invincible!!
IanW 30th March 2009, 21:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
Would anyone really spend £3,000 on 2 Xeon's for a gaming PC? you're gonna have to match that with an equally brutal quad SLI setup that would melt a wallet quicker than thermite through HMS Invincible!!

Why do I get the feeling you just described Coolmeister's current mod?
Tim S 30th March 2009, 21:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by IanW
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
Would anyone really spend £3,000 on 2 Xeon's for a gaming PC? you're gonna have to match that with an equally brutal quad SLI setup that would melt a wallet quicker than thermite through HMS Invincible!!

Why do I get the feeling you just described Coolmeister's current mod?

:D
Ending Credits 30th March 2009, 21:46 Quote
Imagine what thermite does to a PC. *shudders*

And according to moores law that thing is losing value at the rate of £10 a day.
bigsharn 30th March 2009, 22:00 Quote
This would MASSIVELY speed up my photoshop render time!
g3n3tiX 30th March 2009, 22:15 Quote
Interesting hardware, what about single processor performance ? In a "normal" motherboard ?
Might be (slightly) more accessible, to some.
Nicb 30th March 2009, 22:23 Quote
Hhhmmm a year or three from now, I'm going to have to buy this! :)
modernization 30th March 2009, 22:25 Quote
My god what a price and my god what a fps in crysis o.0
bowman 30th March 2009, 22:29 Quote
The memory results are seriously weird. They are _supposed_ to achieve much higher bandwidth than Opteron setups - are you sure there's nothing fishy about the setup?
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Originally Posted by g3n3tiX
Interesting hardware, what about single processor performance ? In a "normal" motherboard ?
Might be (slightly) more accessible, to some.

Same as the i7 965, because it's the same processor.
wuyanxu 30th March 2009, 22:30 Quote
me want!

are they used in the new Mac Pros??

if so, me want new Mac Pros! since they are designed better with the removeable CPU/RAM tray

fixed, thanks Ta10n
Ta10n 30th March 2009, 22:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
me want!

are they used in the new Mac Pros??

if so, me want new Mac Pros! since they are built better with the removeable CPU/RAM tray

Yup looks like it, dual Nehalem Xeon Quad-cores in the Mac Pro

Although removable trays are nice I don't think it justifies the enormous price inflation associated with most Macs ;)
And that's technically better design, not being built better....
Mankz 30th March 2009, 22:48 Quote
W A N T
Turbotab 30th March 2009, 23:05 Quote
How much for a Kidney!! The benchmark to render 25 frames @ 1920 x 1080, make you realise how much parallel processing power and value modern GPU offer.
Lizard 30th March 2009, 23:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by bowman
The memory results are seriously weird. They are _supposed_ to achieve much higher bandwidth than Opteron setups - are you sure there's nothing fishy about the setup?

The memory bandwidth result was pretty disappointing (although still a huge improvement over previous generation Xeons), so it does seem a bit fishy. I suspect one of the problems may be early motherboard BIOSes - we went through two different versions while doing the testing, so there may still be some unresolved problems.

Hopefully its something we can clarify once more motherboards (and BIOSes) are released.
perplekks45 30th March 2009, 23:06 Quote
Nice proof of concept. And that is what it is... for 99% of all people. There are hardly any companies out there who need this.
I mean, the render time is amazing but only intersting if you have to render on a tight time budget. And then there are OpenCL and CUDA apps in the making that'll most likely make the render times of Intel's and AMD's CPUs look as cute as a LOLcat.

Oh, by the way, Tim:

This was a review worthy of being published. :p :)
Buzzons 30th March 2009, 23:07 Quote
Nuts, time I upgraded my X5470's :(
Omnituens 30th March 2009, 23:07 Quote
24GB ram, 16 cores, 2 x 4870 X2.... its a "if i won the lottery" machine.
Splynncryth 30th March 2009, 23:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
Would anyone really spend £3,000 on 2 Xeon's for a gaming PC? you're gonna have to match that with an equally brutal quad SLI setup that would melt a wallet quicker than thermite through HMS Invincible!!

There are not enough PCIe lanes for 4 2.0 x16 ports. It is theoretically possible to have 2 IOHs for a total of 4, but I don't think anyone has made a board like this.
Turbotab 30th March 2009, 23:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Splynncryth
There are not enough PCIe lanes for 4 2.0 x16 ports. It is theoretically possible to have 2 IOHs for a total of 4, but I don't think anyone has made a board like this.

Couldn't you just run dual GTX 295s?
Lizard 30th March 2009, 23:21 Quote
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Couldn't you just run dual GTX 295s?

You could indeed, that's exactly what I'm planning on using for an upcoming feature on Folding@home :D
Xir 30th March 2009, 23:23 Quote
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their incredible performance in consumer applications and games means that Core i7 has become one of the must-have items of the last few months.

Is it? Not according to your monthly buying guide...not price/performance wise anyway...
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Intel's Core i7 might not excel in absolutely everything but it's the firm choice for both CPU-intensive games and future proofing.

That doesn't sound like "incredible Performance" nor like "must have"

;)
perplekks45 30th March 2009, 23:26 Quote
i7 is the CPU to buy if you want high-end gaming, you just don't buy the 965 but the 920.
Turbotab 30th March 2009, 23:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Lizard
You could indeed, that's exactly what I'm planning on using for an upcoming feature on Folding@home :D

Don't try to hide your gaming gluttony, behind your good deeds
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