Reviews and Problems with Intel Xeon X3350 2.66GHz Socket 775
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Adam M., Newegg
15 November 2008
Summary: I'm very psyched to start overclocking this bad boy.
Pros: Excellent! I was worried that my motherboard (DFI Lanparty X38) would reject the chip since it is a Xeon, but it picked it up just fine. I looked around the net & it seems to be identical to it's consumer counterpart, but with lower power consumption.
Pros: Great CPU. OC'd it from 2.66GHZ to 3.6GHZ with 1.376V running through it. Insanely easy to OC, took about two hours to make the near-1Ghz jump. Runs extremely stable, very fast. I use it on a Desktop machine, works flawlessly despite being labeled "server". This CPU is a Q9450, but OC's better. :)
Cons: The stock heatsink is a piece of cr*p. I used a Tuniq Tower 120, ran @ 22C idle @ 2.6ghhz and about 30C idle @ 3.6ghz. Buy yourself a good aftermarket heatsink so you can take full advantage of this incredible CPU.
Summary: Mine is over clocked to 3.8 with the Zalman 9700 fan cooling it. never gets above 65c. with an OC'ed 9800GTX i got a 16k 3dmark06 score. handles everything i throw at it. video editing, Crysis, whatever.
Pros: This chip is absolutly amazing. i uppgraded from a 2.6 p4. very fast, no reason to buy any other chip
Cons: the price and limited avalibility at the time i was trying to by it.
Summary: I used Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 RAM which had no problems. And I used Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste (applied as recommended by the website in a horizontal line across the cpu's heatspreader) and the Arctic Cooler 7 cooling unit. I HATE LGA 775 heatsink connectors. Yuck.
Pros: I bought this for my new server and made the initial mistake of buying a Biostar board that didn't specifically list the X3350 under supported cpu's ... needless to say it did not work. I currently have it running in my P5KC board with no problems whatsoever. I updated the BIOS for good measure t...
Summary: CW on the internets say that dual core > quad for gaming. Have to disagree - my quad does 3.6GHz, some are even faster. Most wolfdales are running 4.0GHz. Outside of a benchmark, no one is going to be able to tell the difference in 400MHz.
Pros: 3.6GHz prime95 stable with very little effort. Amazing / easily noticeable performance difference when editing AVCHD with Pinnacle 11. Just phenomenal. I came from an E8400 @ 3.8GHz.
Cons: Would do 3.8GHz except one of my cores craps out at 3.6GHz. Oh well, can't complain about 1GHz in free clock cycles.
Summary: I got this cpu to reach 3.8Ghz, but the amount of voltage it required wasn't worth the extra 200Mhz. Other then the faulty temp sensor, this is an awesome CPU with some serious processing power.
Pros: Out of the box with auto voltage settings on my EVGA 780i motherboard, hit 450 FSB for a final clock rate of 3.6Ghz. Ran Prime95 for hours and is very stable.
Cons: 10+ C temp differents between core 0/1 and 2/3. I spoke with Intel and they send this is common with this chip. When i asked for written documentation for this, he said that Intel is not ready to release this information publicly. From some of the other sites, they say this chip may have faulty t...
Summary: If you have a 65nm quad I don't think it is necessary to upgrade to one of these. I came from the stone age Prescott to this chip...wow, needless to say my jaw dropped when I started dinking around with this chip. Slapped this puppy into a GA-X38-DQ6.
Pros: Like others have said...I checked it to make sure everything was working and then bumped it up to 400Mhz FSB on the second boot. 45nm....you can't go wrong. Low power consumption, huge cache...top notch chip right here. I got it when they first came out because the Q9450 was not obtainable...avai...
Cons: I am obsessed with it....I find myself benchmarking with most of my spare time to a point where my wife has left me, my dog ran away, and I got fired from my job for never coming in on time. So in a way, it ruined my life...yet made it so worth while...