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Server or extreme desktop chip?

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  1. hat

    hat Maximum Overclocker

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    Which chip is higher quality... an Extreme series desktop chip, or a Xeon (server chip), barring the unlocked multiplier and assuming they have the same specs?
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    xeons and extreme are the same chips, unlocked multi aside.
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    I'm still not convinced Xeons are that much better in the first place. I think the unlocked multiplier is far more useful.
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    xeon have lower thermal specs and tend to need less vcore which can lead to good clocks when ocing.

    extremes have the kudos due to the name and unlocked imo.
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    yeah, but the xeons are a boatload cheaper. my xeon cost less than an E8600, and one hell of a lot less than an extreme.


    xeon E3120 $225


    intel Qx ($865+)

    The question is, is an unlocked multi worth another $500?
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    So a dual core is cheaper than a quad and that surprises you? And no, that unlocked multi isn't worth $500, not to me anyway.
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    Couldnt find dual core extremes for sale... QX is an easy search market, EX is not (intellimouse explorer, for example)

    Point is, you can get a really good clocking dual for very little (comparitively), a xeon quad core (who's model numbers i dont know to search) for approx $400-$450, or you can throw a few hundred more for an unlocked multi, when you could just be raising your FSB to 400-450 anyway.
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    :twitch: it seems only the dual core xeons are worth it, in AU at least.

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