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- Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 Like Share






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VeGiTAX2 Mar 11, 10
It's a 12 thread hot mess that has no real gaming application to tax it. Maybe go the old route and test max FPS using lowest resolution and textures?
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Zertz Mar 11, 10
You'll see more overclocking in the next week or so, but I can tell you now, this thing doesn't run that hot

Overclocked on the stock cooler I hit like 70C, which really isn't bad
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hiigaran Mar 11, 10
i like how intel finally puts in a somewhat decent cooler, but the design of that fan is horrid. it looks like it would work the air in much the same way as waves simply lapping off rocks. the fan is an epic fail. they could have just stuck with a regular fan that has a surrounding housing to give the air some better direction.

nice review anyway. keep up those quality reviews
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Zertz Mar 11, 10
quote hiigaran
nice review anyway. keep up those quality reviews
Thank you sir, and you keep up the good work in the forums
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Gravity Mar 13, 10
I like the review, just wanted to say thanks.

No 980x for me till the price drops though. I can't justify that kind of price. I look forward to AMD hex cores and hopefully it'll nudge a price drop from Intel, even if it means Intel releases faster models to cut the current chip price.

I'll stick with my 920.
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hiigaran Mar 13, 10
actually, im rather curious about this - who would bother spending so much money on a processor, that has such a small performance increase (when you compare it to the price difference between it and the next best model)? hell i would just get a cheaper product, spend a little money on a decent cooler, and overclock instead - if corporations buy these kinds of parts, then this is where the tech dude comes in to overclock instead of allowing the company to waste money.
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 13, 10
Yeah but actual datacenters wouldn't bother with the 980X they'd use arrays with Xeon or Opteron chips instead. You'll be hard pressed to find a corporation overclocking their OEM systems simply because a new enthusiast chip came out. They'll still have racks of cpu's and huge amounts of ram.
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hiigaran Mar 13, 10
im talking in general really. whether it is a gaming or a data center optimised processor, it just seems like a lot to get the top of the line product and have such a small return.
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Zertz Mar 13, 10
quote Gravity
No 980x for me till the price drops though. I can't justify that kind of price. I look forward to AMD hex cores and hopefully it'll nudge a price drop from Intel, even if it means Intel releases faster models to cut the current chip price.
There are rumors of a somewhat more affordable 970, but other than that, don't expect price drops on any Core i7's. Like I said in the review, nothing is likely to dethrone them until the next generation stuff lands so price should remain fairly stable.

hiigaran - It's always been like that with top of the line products in general. Processors, cards, houses... anything really. Also, overclocking in a business (whether it's a workstation or a data center) isn't an option. Except smaller businesses possibly, they all buy OEM computers along with the technical support. You don't void the warranty of a $5000 workstation or $100 million data center! Money isn't a concern in this situation, the return on investment comes from increased productivity.
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hiigaran Mar 13, 10
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You don't void the warranty of a $5000 workstation or $100 million data center!
how will they know its been overclocked?
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Zertz Mar 13, 10
quote hiigaran
how will they know its been overclocked?
You're right, they can't. The point is though, if you can afford this sort of hardware, $100, $500, $1000 or even 1 million dollars makes no difference!
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hiigaran Mar 13, 10
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$100, $500, $1000 or even 1 million dollars makes no difference!
...executive bonuses?
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Zertz Mar 14, 10
quote hiigaran
...executive bonuses?
...scale. You spend a $1000 on a computer, you'll probably give yourself a +-$50 wiggle room. 5%. Now, take that 5% and apply it to my example!

Anyway, if you worry about price, this clearly isn't the processor for you. Some people are lucky enough to be able to afford them and that gives these people the fastest desktop processor in the world. It's as simple as that. Of course it's not a good value, but neither is a Veyron, a 3 story house or a 108 inch TV.
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VeGiTAX2 Mar 14, 10
quote Zertz
quote hiigaran
how will they know its been overclocked?
You're right, they can't. The point is though, if you can afford this sort of hardware, $100, $500, $1000 or even 1 million dollars makes no difference!
Actually Big Blue (IBM) has their scary AI in their servers :/ things dial home constantly about drive hours, power consumption, fan speeds and etc. They're able to notify the technicians before the parts are close to even failing. Of course for the price those things run they better be able to.

For OEM bulk purchases there's no reason to OC anyway generally the systems are current but not to the latest year of technology. Give a 2-3 year replacement cycle for the top tier workers and a 4-5 year cycle for the more flexible divisions.

On a workstation the last thing most people want to do is modify anything, if they're 10hrs in on a render and something fails the only thing that will be heard for miles is a bone chilling scream of rage. At stock spec the system is guaranteed to work on them and if it doesn't they can rage out at the company instead of themselves for the lost time.
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