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Game On a Server CPU in 2020?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So while looking at videos of Techquickie, I was able to find this video in 2017 which claims that you shouldn't get a server CPU because it isn't worth the extra 1%.

But in a video in 2019, LinusTechTips showed this beast

The CPU alone was even able to run Crysis of all games on the earth for god sake.
My question is now: If you are making an over-kill computer, is it worth it to play with a CPU Server for gaming now in 2020? 

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High core count cpus usually have a lower clockspeed and are therefore not especially well suited for gaming alltho vulkan and directx 12 are using more and more cores and game devs increase their multicore support. At the moment 32 or 64 core server cpus are wayy more than any game and streaming/recording software can actively use atm. Currently the 3950X is most likely enough for the next 2-5(maybe 10) years with its 16 cores. And the best option for overkill is in my opinion that teasered intel 22 core or a threadripper with 32 or 64 cores, which you can overclock like hell and get a solid gaming performance.

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Depends what server CPUs exactly.

Something like an intel xeon x5670 can be had for dirst cheap and performs pretty good.

But new ones arent worth since they just cost too much

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28 minutes ago, AnnaTheKitty said:

My question is now: If you are making an over-kill computer, is it worth it to play with a CPU Server for gaming now in 2020? 

Server parts isnt what you would be looking at for a high, very high end system. Except when looking at the used market. 


Also "server" is a wide market space from render farms to PCIe lane chips. 


So its really hard to answer without knowing 

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Not really any point for a balls to the wall rig, only budget ones, or if you're building a workstation rig and for some reason HEDT won't work for you (threadripper now has the 3990X, which is 64c/128t and I believe a bit higher of a clockspeed than the EPYCs). 

If it's a balls to the wall gaming rig, a well binned 9900K or 9900KS is still going to have the lead, close second goes to a 3900X/3950X (same perf in games) AFAIK. TRs are really impractical for a gaming centric build, too many cores that won't be used. Same goes for EPYCs/Xeons, they're too high a core count and too low a clockspeed, and in the case of most recent Xeons, they're locked. 

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I lowkey enjoy HEDT


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