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Dual X5650 Good for gaming?

I've found a pair of Xeon X5650s for £30, which I know is a decent deal, but I know the single core performance is quite  weak. Will these be any good for gaming with 12C/24T, Will games utilise anywhere near that many cores? 

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From what I can gather, *dual* X5650's singlecore performance is not bad. About the same as a R5 1500X.

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2 minutes ago, NunoLava1998 said:

From what I can gather, *dual* X5650's singlecore performance is not bad. About the same as a R5 1500X.

I think you're missing the single part in single core. A single X5650 (dual socket is irrelevant to IPC, if not actually worse) cinebenches under 100 points on a single thread, a 1500X benches around 150 ;)

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7 minutes ago, NelizMastr said:

I think you're missing the single part in single core. A single X5650 (dual socket is irrelevant to IPC, if not actually worse) cinebenches under 100 points on a single thread, a 1500X benches around 150 ;)

Ah, okay.

Still, for gaming it's not super bad at 100 and you could probably pair anything up to a 1050 or 1050 ti with it, and you'd get respectable 720p and ok 1080p gaming performance.

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Just now, NunoLava1998 said:

Ah, okay.

Still, for gaming it's not super bad at 100 and you could probably pair anything up to a 1050 or 1050 ti with it, and you'd get respectable 720p and ok 1080p gaming performance.

Really, is that it? It's a 6 core with a 3ghz boost, a 1050ti is more then enough for 1080p, why would it only be "okc"?

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Just now, MrIceCremeLollipop said:

Really, is that it? It's a 6 core with a 3ghz boost, a 1050ti is more then enough for 1080p, why would it only be "okc"?

It's probably up to a 1050 once I realized how terrible 100-110 is lol, 1050 Ti would probably bottleneck

 

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2 minutes ago, NunoLava1998 said:

It's probably up to a 1050 once I realized how terrible 100-110 is lol, 1050 Ti would probably bottleneck

 

100-110?

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The X5650's are not worth it unless they are overclocked, plus of course, only one will be used for gaming hence making these not great for gaming. This is a bad idea, you're better off either buying a single X5650 with a high-end motherboard for a great overclock, or you buy Ryzen. 

 

I use a Xeon X5675 @4.5GHz and that works great for games on a budget, but I'd never buy a dual socket for gaming, not worth it.

 

Edit: I have this paired with an HD7970 3GB and I play at ultrawide (3840x1024) and I can run all games on medium to high settings pretty much.

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51 minutes ago, Brennan_Price said:

The X5650's are not worth it unless they are overclocked, plus of course, only one will be used for gaming hence making these not great for gaming. This is a bad idea, you're better off either buying a single X5650 with a high-end motherboard for a great overclock, or you buy Ryzen. 

 

I use a Xeon X5675 @4.5GHz and that works great for games on a budget, but I'd never buy a dual socket for gaming, not worth it.

 

Edit: I have this paired with an HD7970 3GB and I play at ultrawide (3840x1024) and I can run all games on medium to high settings pretty much.

Why will only 1 CPU be used, Wont the core count be stacked?

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46 minutes ago, MrIceCremeLollipop said:

Why will only 1 CPU be used, Wont the core count be stacked?

no games will utilize more than 2-4 cores effectively

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Just now, Kalm_Traveler1 said:

no games will utilize more than 2-4 cores effectively

Ive seen games like bo3, And BF1 use all cores before?

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Just now, MrIceCremeLollipop said:

Ive seen games like bo3, And BF1 use all cores before?

I've never seen a game that effectively used more than 4, certainly not a 2016 title. 

 

https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/battlefield-1-directx-12-benchmark,review-33864-8.html

 

same fps with 4 cores or 10 cores

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21 hours ago, MrIceCremeLollipop said:

Why will only 1 CPU be used, Wont the core count be stacked?

No, I'm afraid not because games are designed to only run on one processor generally (this is because most gaming rigs are single CPU based). There are some games that are learning to utilise all cores but you will most likely get worse performance with a dual Xeon rig too since there is a slight delay with each CPU's communication, as such, they are only good for high powered multitasking or applications such as rendering etc. 

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Short answer: No

Long answer: If you can get it for free and the current system you have is OLDER than a first gen i7, maybe. The single core performance is bad, they suck power, you can't overclock them unless you're on a pretty rare motherboard, and there's a good chance that this is some server you found which means it's gonna have a bunch of server inconveniences too, like taking forever to boot.

 

If you look in the cinebench R20 press release from the other day, a single 1700X outperforms a dual X5650 setup pretty handily in multitasking, despite being down four cores.

 

Edit: Missed the part with the price.

 

They're basically worthless unless you already have a system to throw them into.

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  • 3 years later...

Me personally I just purchased a HP z600 and compared to my ho Compaq 8300 cmt it blows it out of the water my gtx 1650 oc is bottle necked but the CPUs are just chilling seams like most new games do use all cores even Minecraft registers all cores In the debug screen 

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