Summary: This is a very nice processor. It is pretty much the same thing as an i7-980x, with a different memory controller. When I bought mine, it was about 1/2 this price of the 980X, which I jumped on.
Pros: * Comparable to a core i7 980X * Overclocks like a sandy bridge * Unlocked core multiplier * 6 cores, 12 threads, 12 MB of L3 * Stable at 4.2 ghz with air cooling and no changes to voltage
Cons: * Memory bandwidth with non-ECC ram is closer to 20 gb/s * Main temperature sensor on the chip (the Tpackage sensor) gets stuck at times, I'm not sure if this is a processor or mainboard issue. I worked around this by using a 3-pin fan on my heatsink, so fan speed doesn't change as a function of ...
Pros: Works Great, Probably won't upgrade again for some time
Cons: The only con I discovered when I had a motherboard problem is finding a motheboard that supports these. Only a few Asus boards and several Gigabyte board seem to support these processors. I ended up buying a couple of backup motherboard in case I have another motherboard failure. I think the proc...
Summary: Eventually swapped MoBo with an upgraded version (2.0) from Asus (great support). Processor and board are running cooler (even at high-stress benchmarking) than the i7-950. Considering cost, I'm recommending a new build rather than further upgrades (next generation CPU + SSD minimum)
Pros: I recommended the Xeon W3680 processor for a client workstation upgrade from my Intel i7-950 + Asus P6T7 previous build (programmer wanted a mega-compiling, super workstation) . BIOS upgrade (0601 or better) was all that was necessary and client is extremely happy.
Summary: This is the modest price since it is not compatible with dual socket server motherboards. You need the 5000 series for that. I haven't tried above stock 3.33 but it ran no higher than 66C after hours of 100% stress. Not using OEM cooling.
Pros: -6 core 12 threads -Unlocked Core -Runs cooler than my old i7 920 (same rig) -Does come with a heatsink (I'm a verified owner, take that into account when reading other reviews) -Makes Mine-Sweeper super smooth, high FPS in Solitare.
Summary: Fantastic processor, if only we got it when we ordered it. Paid for overnight shipping, did not receive it. Don't waste your time or money on Overnight shipping, Newegg uses UPS Saver, which stinks. Go with 2 day, you'll be much better off - same delivery, less $$ Newegg would not refund me either -
Summary: Such a huge improvement, great processor, go Intel for continually innovating. I went from 4 cores to six cores overnight, saved almost $1500 on a new MacPro 2012 six-core. Upgraded from MacPro 2009, great value :D
Summary: Upgraded my 2009 Mac Pro from quad to 6 core processor. Also added a total of 32 GB RAM and an SSD for my VMWare files. All work and play well together. All the upgrades are visible on YouTube if you want to do it yourself.
Summary: Xeon W3680 and i7 980X are practically the same chip. The main difference between the two is ECC capability, which is disabled in i7 brand as it is marketing for home computing VS Xeon brand is marketing toward workstation/servers in commercial sector.