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General Intel HEDT Xeon/i7 Discussion

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8 hours ago, vinyldash303 said:

You know what? I keep forgetting that I'm a damn adult- and have been for years- so i can buy dry ice at the store and shove that rad from the 120mm aio in a bucket. Should do me some dice cooling. I don't think you really need to worry about condensation so much with that like you would LN2.

A bit off topic but I'm the opposite... I tend to get caught off guard when a cashier (who many times is young enough to be my kid) asks for my I.D. when buying beer...

 

On topic, a dry ice cooled Westmere sounds awesome!


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On 2/19/2019 at 8:17 AM, Pasi123 said:

Asus P6X58D-E is a pretty good motherboard, I have one on my main PC. What settings you tried? Did you watch Tech Yes City's X58 Xeon OC guide?

Just cranking up the multiplier and vcore. I watched that guide but he doesn't do the w-series which has unlocked multiplier

On 2/19/2019 at 4:40 AM, Slayer3032 said:

Are you on the latest bios? Some older, common microcodes will fail to post if you change the Uncore multi.

 

What do your settings look like which aren't working?

I'm on version 0803

On 2/18/2019 at 9:20 PM, Zando Bob said:

I mean you've got a claimed 16+2 phase VRM so those shouldn't be the issue. Is it just not letting you change settings or what? On X58 you usually pump up the BLCK once the multiplier is maxed. BLCK will change the CPU core speed, uncore, and RAM and such. Doesn't effect PCIe, apparently upping that can help but 110 is about the max you wanna push, I usually run 103 or 105. 

Do I need to touch ram settings or can i just crank up the multiplier and vcore?

 

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1 hour ago, Sealance said:

Just cranking up the multiplier and vcore. I watched that guide but he doesn't do the w-series which has unlocked multiplier

I'm on version 0803

Do I need to touch ram settings or can i just crank up the multiplier and vcore?

 

Max the multiplier then use the BLCK to hit the speed you want. Keep in mind it will up your uncore and RAM speeds as well as the CPU core, you'll probably need to dial that back. Gonna reccomend Tech Yes City's guide again, he explains everything you need to know pretty damn well, and I got my CPU at 4.2Ghz (uncore 3.2GHz) and RAM to 2000MHz following it: 

 


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The unlocked multis are cool for quick testing, but in general 200 BCLK is a much better starting point then the default 133. I‘ve only had a single CPU that couldn‘t manage that, so its absolutely doable. 


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5 minutes ago, Ground said:

The unlocked multis are cool for quick testing, but in general 200 BCLK is a much better starting point then the default 133. I‘ve only had a single CPU that couldn‘t manage that, so its absolutely doable. 

Facts. I think my X5670 misbehaves much above 220BLCK, but pretty much everything can go a 200. My i7s may be an exception though, I should fiddle with my i7 950 and see if I can push 200. 


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4 minutes ago, Zando Bob said:

Facts. I think my X5670 misbehaves much above 220BLCK, but pretty much everything can go a 200. My i7s may be an exception though, I should fiddle with my i7 950 and see if I can push 200. 

My 950 cannot. My W3690 showed up yesterday. Don't know if I'll have time to play with it tonight or not though.


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My 950 couldn't do 200 bclk. My X5675 has done 215 for the last two years without issue. Never tried higher though.

 

Personally, I think higher bclk and a lower multipler is better than the opposite, if your chip plays ball. The uncore speed improvements from faster bclk result in a lot snappier system IME.

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I think my issue is mainly cooling related. Which is why i kind of want to try dice cooling but thats money and time and really I just don't need to. Gonna see what kind of tame OC i can get on the 3690 that will stay cool. Its gonna run an MC server I think. 


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I‘ve tested ~30 45nm chips (i7 920s, Xeon W3520s only so far) and only found a single one that wouldn‘t do at least a validation at 200 BCLK (that particular chip maxed at 160 actually, really weird). On 32nm the worst I‘ve seen was an x5650 that failed 215. Average appears to be around 240-250.


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6 hours ago, Sealance said:

Just cranking up the multiplier and vcore. I watched that guide but he doesn't do the w-series which has unlocked multiplier

I'm on version 0803

Do I need to touch ram settings or can i just crank up the multiplier and vcore?

 

Some motherboards are really awful with auto settings, I always set the memory to any multiplier below 1600mhz at 9-9-9-24 and the uncore down to like 10-12x while dialing in my overclock. I also have to set nearly every voltage manually or it will just invisibly change things in the background.

 

My board really hates this Micron Mac Pro 1866mhz ECC DDR3, it refuses to post unless I swap in a stick of something else. I've also never been able to manually set any of my tertiary timings since they're all entirely wrong as displayed in bios. Those I'm forced to leave on auto or it will never post. I can't even post this thing with a lower base clock either, it's really hilarious since my base clock wall is only at like 209mhz too. Somehow, it's just perfectly content where it is now.

 

You're gonna just have to mess around with it, I've seen i7 980x's which do 4.6-4.8ghz via multiplier only and people seem happy with that while other people struggle using multiplier only. Base clock works great with the locked xeons, it would function exactly the same with an unlocked cpu. The upside of an unlocked cpu is that you simply have the option to overclock in other ways. You're gonna want your uncore at 3000mhz+, you should end up limited in the end by the max QPI/VTT voltage of 1.35v and it's instability .

 

My 930 did 4ghz when it was brand new for about a month, quickly degraded and became unstable then all of a sudden all of the voltage in the world wouldn't get me 4ghz. It managed 3.8ghz and eventually 3.75 for about 7 years before I found out about these after this 1 weird tip and $25 spent outside a local convenience store I literally doubled my Cinebench overnight!

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4.8 at safe daily voltages is insanely rare if it exists at all. 4.6, maybe 4.7 at 1.4V are the best I‘ve seen. Uncore good CPUs manage 4.0-4.3 at 1.35V, though the latter is about as rare as 4.7 at 1.4V. 

For benching 5.1-5.2 is the max I‘ve seen work for single threaded stuff at ambient. Validation should be doable for 5.5ish on really nice CPUs. Multicore stuff depends on how good your cooling is, but I suspect the limit will be around 5.0 on custom water with ~1.52V. 

 


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20 hours ago, Razor Blade said:

A bit off topic but I'm the opposite... I tend to get caught off guard when a cashier (who many times is young enough to be my kid) asks for my I.D. when buying beer...

 

On topic, a dry ice cooled Westmere sounds awesome!

Its cool. Was in a voice chat with someone. maybe @Goodman2265 ? while he was dice cooling something. It was a while ago. 


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I‘ve ran a couple of xeons on dice (E5649, E5606 and E5640) and given a good bin they clock really nicely, though I was mostly after max bclk. Highest I got was 287 on an x58a-oc, but for the next session I have a handful of boards to test so something should come out of it I hope. 


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Hey X58 people! Looking to build myself a general purpose X58 rig soon and I'm here for some advice. So I've got myself a NZXT Havik 140 (similar to a NH-D14 in terms of performance), a HX850i, and a GTX 970. I've got storage, and case is no big issue as I'll pick up whatever good case is on sale.

 

But I'm here for advice regarding the CPU, motherboard, and RAM. My budget for all three of those things is C$400 (this is flexible), and I'm not sure what to get.

 

Here are some parts I can get (and their prices):

- i7 920: C$25

- i7 950: C$40

- i7 960: C$60

- X58 Sabertooth: C$240

- Asus P6T: C$200

- Rampage II Gene: C$225

 

And if none of the components above aren't great, that's okay. I'm looking to buy the motherboard, RAM, and CPU (if needed) from ebay.ca. And yes, I'm looking to overclock the h*ck out of the CPU I get. Also, my CPU cooler is hella big so it might cover RAM slots and potentially the top PCIe slot.

 

All advise is appreciated. Thanks!


CPU: Intel® Core i7-950 @ 2.03 GHz 0.96V Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (BCLK: 135) CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 & Noctua NA-SRC10 RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x2GB), Crucial DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (2x4GB), Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x4GB) GPU: ASUS GeForce® GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB (Core Clock: 1050 MHz, Memory Clock: 3505 MHz) SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" 1TB (Windows 10 Enterprise x64) HDD: WD Green 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM), WD Blue 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM) PSU: Corsair AX860i & CableMod ModFlex Cables (White) Case: Fractal Design Meshify C TG (White) Fans: Intake: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12, Exhaust: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 Monitors: LG 24GL600F 23.6" 1080p 144Hz 300 nit TN FreeSync, Samsung S24D390 23.4" 1080p 60Hz 250 nit PLS Keyboard: Logitech G710+ (Cherry MX Browns) Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK (Medium) Audio: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal)

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Motherboards are generally pretty expensive on ebay, even more so when bought from Canada. You're looking at like $250 for decent board alone, there's a DX58SO that's actually a decent deal but I'm not sure I'd recommend the early boards, even more so when they don't have 6 slots for decent triple channel.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Asus-P6T-LGA1366-i7-Xeon-X58-1366-ATX-Motherboard-With-CPU/192836563803

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Asus-P6X58D-E-LGA1366-i7-Xeon-X58-1366-ATX-Motherboard-With-CPU/192834743170

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Asus-P6T6-WS-Revolution-LGA-1366-w-i7-930-2-80-GHz/223240889621

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Intel-DX58SO-with-i7-970-X58-Chipset-LGA-1366-ATX-Selling-as-is/132960509949

 

There's a few from china that seem okay, you'll probably get wrecked on customs fees though.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/ASUS-P6X58D-E-REV-1-01G-LGA1366-Intel-X58-DDR3-SATA-6Gb-s-Motherboard/173744693054

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/ASUS-P6T-WS-PRO-Chipset-Intel-X58-LGA1366-DDR3-Motherboard-With-I-O-Shield/312341320691

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/MSI-X58-Pro-Motherboard-LGA1366-Intel-X58-DDR3-With-I-O-Shield/302768891618

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/For-Asus-Rampage-II-Extreme-REV-2-01G-desktop-motherboard-Intel-X58-LGA1366/172861061260

 

As far as ram, expect to remove the heatsinks off of anything you get. Since DDR4 is so cheap now however, unless you're buying lower end ECC memory and overclocking it, you're paying about as much for DDR3 as DDR4 would be to begin with. Ordering the last 6 of these from half way across the world seems to be the only way to get more than 4gb of ram for $100 or so.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/2GB-1x2GB-DDR3-PC3-10600U-1333MHz-NON-ECC-Memory-DIMM-RAM-For-Desktop-Samsung/113656075884

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/SAMSUNG-4GB-2x2GB-1Rx8-PC3-10600U-DDR3-1333-240-PIN-Desktop-Memory-NON-ECC-RAM/352223931175

 

I also found these which you could get 3 of, I would try to specify Samsung memory since my pc3-14900e Micron Mac Pro memory does not post on my motherboard and I have to mix in a stick then set it to 9-9-9-24-1T@1600mhz.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/4GB-PC3-14900E-ECC-Unbuffered-1866MHz-DDR3-DIMM-Micron-Samsung-Dell-HP-Lenovo/202595745166

 

Skip all of the 45nm cpus, they're only worth it for a bios update to get a westmere. As long as your motherboard supports D0 stepping cpus like the i7 930 and isn't an extremely early motherboard from 2008/early 2009 and hasn't seen a bios update. If you pick a motherboard which doesn't come with a cpu already, just grab a D0 stepping Xeon for like $5. Then go straight for a westmere. Aliexpress seems to have the best Canadian pricing for X5675's, try to grab the $4 new user coupon at the same time.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Intel-XEON-E5520-2-26GHz-CPU-Processor-4-Core/182883428133

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-lntel-X5675-CPU-Processor-Six-Core-3-06Ghz-L3-12M-95W-Socket-LGA-1366-Desktop/32696344917.html

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Intel-Xeon-X5675-Hex-6-Core-CPU-Processor-3-06GHz-12MB-95W-SLBYL-Socket-LGA1366/292979805841

 

Honestly, I have no idea how your customs fees work and all the Canadians I ask don't understand how they work. Ebay seems to include the fees on some listings and doesn't on others. Maybe when the customs fees are listed you won't have to pay them later, idk.

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13 hours ago, Slayer3032 said:

Motherboards are generally pretty expensive on ebay, even more so when bought from Canada. You're looking at like $250 for decent board alone, there's a DX58SO that's actually a decent deal but I'm not sure I'd recommend the early boards, even more so when they don't have 6 slots for decent triple channel.

Ya, I've noticed that and it's funny how I'm planning to use a $20 CPU with a $200 motherboard lol. The motherboard will probably be the last part I buy, as I'll try to get the lowest price possible.

13 hours ago, Slayer3032 said:

I also found these which you could get 3 of, I would try to specify Samsung memory

I'm probably not going to buy RAM off eBay. I have a local contact from which I can get it for next to nothing.

13 hours ago, Slayer3032 said:

Skip all of the 45nm cpus, they're only worth it for a bios update to get a westmere. As long as your motherboard supports D0 stepping cpus like the i7 930 and isn't an extremely early motherboard from 2008/early 2009 and hasn't seen a bios update. If you pick a motherboard which doesn't come with a cpu already, just grab a D0 stepping Xeon for like $5. Then go straight for a westmere. Aliexpress seems to have the best Canadian pricing for X5675's, try to grab the $4 new user coupon at the same time.

So to be clear, the D0 CPUs are the older ones and the Westmere ones are newer?

 

Thanks for all the help! I appreciate it!


CPU: Intel® Core i7-950 @ 2.03 GHz 0.96V Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (BCLK: 135) CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 & Noctua NA-SRC10 RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x2GB), Crucial DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (2x4GB), Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x4GB) GPU: ASUS GeForce® GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB (Core Clock: 1050 MHz, Memory Clock: 3505 MHz) SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" 1TB (Windows 10 Enterprise x64) HDD: WD Green 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM), WD Blue 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM) PSU: Corsair AX860i & CableMod ModFlex Cables (White) Case: Fractal Design Meshify C TG (White) Fans: Intake: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12, Exhaust: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 Monitors: LG 24GL600F 23.6" 1080p 144Hz 300 nit TN FreeSync, Samsung S24D390 23.4" 1080p 60Hz 250 nit PLS Keyboard: Logitech G710+ (Cherry MX Browns) Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK (Medium) Audio: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal)

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21 hours ago, Geography said:

- i7 920: C$25

- i7 950: C$40

- i7 960: C$60

 

19 hours ago, Slayer3032 said:

Aliexpress seems to have the best Canadian pricing for X5675's, try to grab the $4 new user coupon at the same time.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-Intel-XEON-E5520-2-26GHz-CPU-Processor-4-Core/182883428133

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/For-lntel-X5675-CPU-Processor-Six-Core-3-06Ghz-L3-12M-95W-Socket-LGA-1366-Desktop/32696344917.html

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Intel-Xeon-X5675-Hex-6-Core-CPU-Processor-3-06GHz-12MB-95W-SLBYL-Socket-LGA1366/292979805841

 

Honestly, I have no idea how your customs fees work and all the Canadians I ask don't understand how they work. Ebay seems to include the fees on some listings and doesn't on others. Maybe when the customs fees are listed you won't have to pay them later, idk.

 

Whatever you get in terms of motherboard I would shoot towards getting a 5675 if there are any in your area. It is about as good as you are going to get. The 5690 is similar and runs at slightly higher base clock speeds but has a much higher tdp. The 5675 is the best available for x58 imo.

 

I am currently running two of the 5690 and while I am very happy with them, if I were to go back in time I would tell myself to go with the 5675 instead if for no other reason than less power draw and heat.


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CPU: (x2) Xeon X5690 12c/24t (6c/12t per cpu)

Motherboard: EVGA Super Record 2 (SR-2)

RAM: 48Gb (12x4gb) server DDR3 ECC

GPU: MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X 6GB

Case: Modded Lian-LI PC-08

Storage: Samsung 850 EVO 500Gb and a 2Tb HDD

PSU: 1000W something or other I forget

Display(s): 24" Acer G246HL

Cooling: (x2) Corsair H100i v2

Keyboard: Corsair Gaming K70 LUX RGB MX Browns

Mouse: Logitech G600

Headphones: Sennheiser HD558

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro

 

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43 minutes ago, WhisperingKnickers said:

Whatever you get in terms of motherboard I would shoot towards getting a 5675 if there are any in your area. It is about as good as you are going to get. The 5690 is similar and runs at slightly higher base clock speeds but has a much higher tdp. The 5675 is the best available for x58 imo.

Thanks for the advice! Would a Rampage II Extreme or Gene be a good motherboard for a X5675? Because I've found a deal for the Extreme board locally.


CPU: Intel® Core i7-950 @ 2.03 GHz 0.96V Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (BCLK: 135) CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK 140 & Noctua NA-SRC10 RAM: Corsair Dominator DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x2GB), Crucial DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (2x4GB), Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3-1600 7-7-7-19 (1x4GB) GPU: ASUS GeForce® GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB (Core Clock: 1050 MHz, Memory Clock: 3505 MHz) SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5" 1TB (Windows 10 Enterprise x64) HDD: WD Green 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM), WD Blue 3.5" 1TB (7.2K RPM) PSU: Corsair AX860i & CableMod ModFlex Cables (White) Case: Fractal Design Meshify C TG (White) Fans: Intake: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12, Exhaust: 1x Dynamic X2 GP-12 Monitors: LG 24GL600F 23.6" 1080p 144Hz 300 nit TN FreeSync, Samsung S24D390 23.4" 1080p 60Hz 250 nit PLS Keyboard: Logitech G710+ (Cherry MX Browns) Mouse: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Mouse Pad: Steelseries QcK (Medium) Audio: Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones (Charcoal)

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1 minute ago, Geography said:

Thanks for the advice! Would a Rampage II Extreme or Gene be a good motherboard for a X5675? Because I've found a deal for the Extreme board locally.

Should be, I know the Rampage III series is solid. I think the P6T from ASUS and a couple of Gigabyte ones are also really common, and the MSI Xpower series is good. EVGA Classified boards too if you can find them (but if you get a revision 1.0 you have to do a hardware mod to let it run Westmere-EP Xeons). 


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Just now, Zando Bob said:

Should be, I know the Rampage III series is solid. I think the P6T from ASUS and a couple of Gigabyte ones are also really common, and the MSI Xpower series is good. EVGA Classified boards too if you can find them (but if you get a revision 1.0 you have to do a hardware mod to let it run Westmere-EP Xeons). 

I've found tons of deals for Rampage boards, the P6T is very common, and I've seen tons of Gigabyte boards with long model numbers. EVGA boards are just too expensive for me, and MSI boards are a bit uncommon.

 

I'll let you know what I'm getting when I buy it. Thanks!


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Don't forget you can always google reviews for them, most of them are still up. 


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3 minutes ago, Xa3phod said:

I would definitely get an X5670/75/90 as opposed to the I7s.

Is there a big overclocking difference between the i7s and the Xeons? Because the Xeons (like the X5675) cost like C$50 with taxes and stuff, while the i7s can be found for less than C$25 locally.


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25 minutes ago, Geography said:

Is there a big overclocking difference between the i7s and the Xeons? Because the Xeons (like the X5675) cost like C$50 with taxes and stuff, while the i7s can be found for less than C$25 locally.

X5675 has 2 more cores and should on average reach 4.3 GHz. The i7s are unlikely to exceed 4.1 GHz at reasonable stability.


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https://browser.geekbench.com/v4/cpu/12101212

 

I really want to pick up a couple of X5687s for this system. I'd have really solid single core performance and solid multicore performance. I wish I could do some kind of overclocking with this board, but it's a nice board regardless.

 

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