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Intel Xeon E5-2670 Review

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sub routine 6th March 2012, 18:11 Quote
ace, and it`s only just over a grand. hehe.
misterd77 6th March 2012, 18:26 Quote
yeah, it can play crysis, seriously though, what on earth would a typical pc gamer do with one of these, endlessly brag about benchmarks scores ?, thats about how usefull it is....
misterd77 6th March 2012, 18:32 Quote
so, a dual xeon board, a couple of these xeons at £1,200, quad channel memory (16gb min), and a couple of ssd's to round it off, thats £5,000 please...!!!!, meanwhile, in the real world, the next apu is just round the corner, trinity here i come...
tristanperry 6th March 2012, 18:33 Quote
A pretty great CPU - always nice to see a server-level CPU with benchmarks like these
trig 6th March 2012, 18:38 Quote
didnt have a ton of time to read all the article, just glancing at the graphs...why do you have 2x2670's scattered around the charts along with what looks to be a single 2670?
Combatus 6th March 2012, 18:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by trig
didnt have a ton of time to read all the article, just glancing at the graphs...why do you have 2x2670's scattered around the charts along with what looks to be a single 2670?

I've just updated this - we did all the testing with two Xeon E5-2670's as we were limited on time in the third party test lab we went to. As a majority of workstations that will opt for this CPU will use dual CPU boards (including the Boston Venom workstation we looked at in the review here) we felt this was the best use of our time.
tonyd223 6th March 2012, 18:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
so, a dual xeon board, a couple of these xeons at £1,200, quad channel memory (16gb min), and a couple of ssd's to round it off, thats £5,000 please...!!!!, meanwhile, in the real world, the next apu is just round the corner, trinity here i come...

Y'know, we got a new magazine, new direction, so, is this type of review relevant to the new redefined direction?

By the way - Trinity here I come too
trig 6th March 2012, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by trig
didnt have a ton of time to read all the article, just glancing at the graphs...why do you have 2x2670's scattered around the charts along with what looks to be a single 2670?

I've just updated this - we did all the testing with two Xeon E5-2670's as we were limited on time in the third party test lab we went to. As a majority of workstations that will opt for this CPU will use dual CPU boards (including the Boston Venom workstation we looked at in the review here) we felt this was the best use of our time.

cool, thanks...just wanted to be certain....hopefully we will be grabbing a couple of evga sr-x boards with 2 of these chips at my office...
Combatus 6th March 2012, 19:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by trig
didnt have a ton of time to read all the article, just glancing at the graphs...why do you have 2x2670's scattered around the charts along with what looks to be a single 2670?

I've just updated this - we did all the testing with two Xeon E5-2670's as we were limited on time in the third party test lab we went to. As a majority of workstations that will opt for this CPU will use dual CPU boards (including the Boston Venom workstation we looked at in the review here) we felt this was the best use of our time.

cool, thanks...just wanted to be certain....hopefully we will be grabbing a couple of evga sr-x boards with 2 of these chips at my office...

Envious! :D
jizwizard 6th March 2012, 19:22 Quote
please do a geekbench run on it
Omnituens 6th March 2012, 19:28 Quote
Link to the performance analysis page under the terragen 2 graph is broken - tries to go to page 13
true_gamer 6th March 2012, 20:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by jizwizard
please do a geekbench run on it

Yes please do :)
mucgoo 6th March 2012, 20:25 Quote
23/35 for the value?
You know that article a few weeks back about score inflation in game reviews...
phuzz 6th March 2012, 20:45 Quote
And mostly what these CPUs will be doing is running VMs.
Which they will be bloody awesome at, but still, not much fun unless you're an enterprise geek like me :)
Mister_Tad 6th March 2012, 20:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
yeah, it can play crysis, seriously though, what on earth would a typical pc gamer do with one of these, endlessly brag about benchmarks scores ?, thats about how usefull it is....

I'm pretty sure Intel won't give two hoots what gamers think of these CPUs.

The vast majority of these CPUs will be running workloads on VMware/Xen/Hyper-V and so on... and they most definitely can't play Crysis (Gaming on Hyper-V is atrocious!)
r3loaded 6th March 2012, 21:12 Quote
Protip: If it's gaming you want, Xeons represent pretty bad value. Suffice to say, you're not the target market.
trig 6th March 2012, 22:28 Quote
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Envious! :D

it would be sweet if i could convince my work that a replica backup server should be stationed at my house...
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please do a geekbench run on it
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Yes please do :)

maybe one night, when no one is watching...my it guy and i can take everything offline and run some!
Tattysnuc 6th March 2012, 23:20 Quote
wonder if they'll release an unlocked version to be able to overclock....?
rollo 7th March 2012, 00:59 Quote
why would you want to game on duel xeons lol its for workstation work

nice price epic performance for that. Already considering this upgrade for my workstation

£5000 is nothing for a workstation they start at about £3k before you even add the GPU and the Top end nvidia gpu is over £3000 ( quadro 6000 6gb ) thats before you even think of sli them for even more crazy performance. 32gb of ram ecc is alot of cash ( £1300 ish corsiar lowest speed)

Last 2 we brought just under 12 months ago was just short of £10k each for the work we are running ( high end video rendering, VM emu ) we are saving a fortune though in time it takes to render ect.
misterd77 7th March 2012, 02:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo
why would you want to game on duel xeons lol its for workstation work

nice price epic performance for that. Already considering this upgrade for my workstation

£5000 is nothing for a workstation they start at about £3k before you even add the GPU and the Top end nvidia gpu is over £3000 ( quadro 6000 6gb ) thats before you even think of sli them for even more crazy performance. 32gb of ram ecc is alot of cash ( £1300 ish corsiar lowest speed)

Last 2 we brought just under 12 months ago was just short of £10k each for the work we are running ( high end video rendering, VM emu ) we are saving a fortune though in time it takes to render ect.

makes sense for that purpose then, but as this is a game/consumer site, why on earth do we get reviews for kit like this ?, 99% of us will never see a dual xeon computer, let alone contemplate building one, these chips are that pricey, you would want a system builder to warranty the hell outta it, not saying its a bad chip, but, do I really need to know what a £1.2k chip can achieve ?, I will say this though, Intel dominate this market to such an extent that no other chip company can compete, the xeons are scary tech, no wonder AMD ran for the hills, kudos to the team that designed these, and i do realise they were made for vm ware and high end workstations for rendering, i was just takin the piss, a 2500k is all you really need nowadays for gaming, any more and its overkill.....
sub routine 7th March 2012, 07:37 Quote
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why on earth do we get reviews for kit like this ?

Just for fun and becuse they can I suppose? It`s interesting to see just to see whats out there innit? And if you look at a few of the posts theres definately people with too much money spare to build pc`s (jammy buggers), who look relevantly interested.
SoulRider 7th March 2012, 08:38 Quote
This is a geek's tech site. For modders, overclockers and PC nuts. It also covers games etc, but this site is primarily for computer technology enthusiasts. Just because this doesn't appeal to you, many of us are glad to see a return to the more geeky reviews etc on this site. A return of the old bit :)

Great work :)
Elton 7th March 2012, 09:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by mingemuncher
makes sense for that purpose then, but as this is a game/consumer site, why on earth do we get reviews for kit like this ?, 99% of us will never see a dual xeon computer, let alone contemplate building one, these chips are that pricey, you would want a system builder to warranty the hell outta it, not saying its a bad chip, but, do I really need to know what a £1.2k chip can achieve ?, I will say this though, Intel dominate this market to such an extent that no other chip company can compete, the xeons are scary tech, no wonder AMD ran for the hills, kudos to the team that designed these, and i do realise they were made for vm ware and high end workstations for rendering, i was just takin the piss, a 2500k is all you really need nowadays for gaming, any more and its overkill.....

Because it's interesting to see what that money can achieve. And remember, that juxtaposing commercial and consumer markets reveal startling differences (and similarities) between the chips. As they say, there never is too much information. ;)
rollo 7th March 2012, 12:00 Quote
Before bit tech did all this gamer stuff it was a geeks website first and foremost so to speak
Mosquito 7th March 2012, 16:17 Quote
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makes sense for that purpose then, but as this is a game/consumer site, why on earth do we get reviews for kit like this ?, 99% of us will never see a dual xeon computer, let alone contemplate building one [...]

Heh.... my first desktop computer was actually a [free] dual xeon work station that I got from my uncle's work back about 6 years ago... It now has the role of my fileserver/webserver/database. Ever since though, I'm always looking at building a new dual xeon system, since I do a lot of video editing and converting.

I'm not really into PC games (I play Age of Empires II, that's it) so this kind of thing is along the lines of what I'm looking at when I think about building a new system... I might spend $4k on a new system this way, but I bet it will last well beyond what $4k worth of desktop will for what I ask of it ;-)
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