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Confusing Xeon Pricing

by Seymour Cray / October 22, 2011 4:04 AM PDT

I'm seeing a Xeon W3690 for 1,079 dollars v a Xeon X5680 for 1,639 dollars both at Newegg.

The W3690 has a CPU passmark of 10,249 while the X5680 has a CPU passmark of 9,838.

Clearl the 3690 is superior to the 5680 so why the odd price difference?


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Could be made at different times, bought in a bigger lot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 7:06 AM PDT
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Lots of reasons. I am seeing folk that are just learning about this so keep asking why!

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same as thread title !
by Seymour Cray / October 24, 2011 3:41 AM PDT

OK so there is no techical inferiority that I don't know of? the W3690 is the highest performance Xeon money can buy, period?


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Link, comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2011 3:46 AM PDT
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Going Fwd
by Seymour Cray / October 29, 2011 12:19 AM PDT
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Yes very true.

So what MOBO would allow me to run two W3690s along with the highest spec memory, to get the highest perf?

The other components are then more or less academic, the more you pay the better but the CPU/MOBO/MEM tripple are the baseline defining components, would you agree?

I'm seeking dual W3690s, 48G to 64G DDR3 and from there would add disks, graphic adapters etc as my budget allows - am prepared to invest up to $ 5,000 in this system.

I do a great deal of development and work on cutting edge in-memory object database technology hence the need for unusually high specs.



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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2011 1:36 AM PDT
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Get an Intel board. These are boring boards but for stability at the high end this is where I and my other consultant friends go. Why? Because we do not have time to deal with a cranky system.

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