Summary: It is a testament to the performance, design, and functionality that you get from Intel when a processor released a few years back for a few-years-dead platform is outperformed only by its successor. These CPU's can be found all over, and with a bit of patience and knowledge, it's actually incredibly easy to match a pair of these 6core/12thread Xeons (or even the faster models) with a full fledged SSI CEB 2P board from SuperMicro or the like, quite likely with 24-96GB...
Pros: One of the last overclocking Xeons, in 6C/12T dress, a healthy 12MB L3 Cache, and incredibly flexible: single chip, 2P server/WS, and the legendary SR-2 if you want to have fun. Oh, and ECC/REG or standard DDR3.
Cons: The 95W TDP, while understandable, limits these chips along with the multiplier, and the 5680's I have are significantly faster (5Ghz easy).
Summary: I bought two of these. I couldn't believe the quantity that was displayed on my Task Manager - 24 cores!!! I have a SuperMicro xadah+-f mobo, 4 MBF2300s running in RAID 0. Very few can do what this dual CPU & board can do. I went overkill for my needs, but hey, bad boys and their toys. No probs what-so-ever.
Fast and reliable, and also very fast. Did I say it's fast?
6 April 2014
Summary: Fast processor for an ageing workstation, best if mounted in pairs. Reliable performance with basically any threaded workload you can throw at it. Not so brilliant on single threaded loads, such as emulators and most games. If you work with 3D rendering, simulations, video editing, virtualized machines and such then you'll have very solid performance for the bucks.
I'm recommending that all my server client upgrade.
1 March 2014
Summary: Customer is thrilled with the server I installed these processors in. They've used it to replace 3 older server. Less heat generated, less electric used, less Management and maintenance time and cost, more powerful and more efficient. Win, win, win for all.
Summary: The MAC PRO was delivered in a ruined box with the styro-foam leaking out of the holes torn in the crushed cardboard box. Luckily, the MAC PRO had also been wrapped in protective bubble wrap. The unit only had 1 RAM DIMM loose upon careful inspection. There were scratches on the outer case - cosmetic only. The system came with an original MAC PRO soft white power cord.
Cons: I’ve got this CPU with a purchase of used Dell Precision T7500 in a dual CPU configuration. With HT enabled Win 7x64 reports 24 CPU cores. I run simultaneous conversion of ten AVI to MP4 video files. Each file is about 13 GB in size and this process was completed in less than 30 minutes. CPU usage never went over 30%. It’s amazing. I run a single file conversion on another machine with a dual core non-Intel CPU and it took hours and CPU was at 100%.