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32 cores??? I'll just leave this here

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The headline is a bit of clickbate. This is a 4 year old processor with 8 physical cores, 16 after hyper threading. They get 32 hyperthreaded cores by using a dual processor motherboard.

I am actually starting to build a new system now (Research Phase) replacing an i7 920 and personally I will will still go with a Skylake. While 16 cores are nice, very few things would actually use them. To run dual processor with the processor mentioned in the article your looking a server motherboard which while possible limits your choices a lot. Most people, even gamer are better going with a newer chip thats more efficient and designed for consumer/gaming.

If that Xenon was more energy efferent it would make one heck of a media conversion server etc. It sure is a great value.
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The headline is a bit of clickbate. This is a 4 year old processor with 8 physical cores, 16 after hyper threading. They get 32 hyperthreaded cores by using a dual processor motherboard.

I am actually starting to build a new system now (Research Phase) replacing an i7 920 and personally I will will still go with a Skylake. While 16 cores are nice, very few things would actually use them. To run dual processor with the processor mentioned in the article your looking a server motherboard which while possible limits your choices a lot. Most people, even gamer are better going with a newer chip thats more efficient and designed for consumer/gaming.

If that Xenon was more energy efferent it would make one heck of a media conversion server etc. It sure is a great value.
It has a pasmark score of like 12000 for $70
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It has a pasmark score of like 12000 for $70
Like I said it's a good value but that a synthetic benchmark. It won't necessarily correlate to real world performance. Totally depends on the workload you have. If your doing a bunch of rendering that can use all the cores ya it's fantastic for the money. but if your gaming your probably better with a newer more efficient processor as it won't use all the cores.
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Like I said it's a good value but that a synthetic benchmark. It won't necessarily correlate to real world performance. Totally depends on the workload you have. If your doing a bunch of rendering that can use all the cores ya it's fantastic for the money. but if your gaming your probably better with a newer more efficient processor as it won't use all the cores.
Agree 100%. I'm running an Asus Sabertooth x79 and dropped a used Xeon E5-2960v2 (10 cores/20 threads) in late last year. The only apps that use more than 4 cores are video encoders and even those need special command line switches to use them.

The downside with the setup is that it's a five and a half year old chipset and is of course missing all of the new features that have rolled out since then. The thing I'd like most is an m2 slot right on the PCIe bus. Sure you can add a lot of them via expansion slots, but then you have to pick what's most important.
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And how many programs even use quad core yet?
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I have workstations at work that are dogs they are dual processors with 16 cores per they don't have a high clock speed and I have found for most things that makes the difference the hard drive controller is crap and they are slow for the most part unless they are doing a compile that just uses ram and processor. Each processor has it's own RAM bus, if one processor needs more than half the ram it has to get it from the other processor. HP Z800 and 820
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And how many programs even use quad core yet?
Just the PC games with nasty DRM that forces you to have it constantly running on a third core.

Dragon Age Inquisition I am looking in your direction. Funny enough, stripping off the DRM gives you the ability to play it on dual core machines.

Outside of that, I have utilized more cores by encoding on multiple threads. Unless you run a media server, are constantly encoding video all while you game there is no point to this as a home user.

A cash strapped startup on the other hand can get a nice cheap performance grid out of this.
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And how many programs even use quad core yet?
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Just the PC games with nasty DRM that forces you to have it constantly running on a third core.

Dragon Age Inquisition I am looking in your direction. Funny enough, stripping off the DRM gives you the ability to play it on dual core machines.

Outside of that, I have utilized more cores by encoding on multiple threads. Unless you run a media server, are constantly encoding video all while you game there is no point to this as a home user.

A cash strapped startup on the other hand can get a nice cheap performance grid out of this.

This used to be a big problem but multicore processors have been main stream for nearly 10 years now so most software is written/compiled to take advantage of multiple cores. Now not might use 32 but most should use at least 2 if they are older than 8-10 years..
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