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Intel Xeon W3670 Westmere-EP 3.2GHz 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Server Processor BX80613W3670
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Seems to overclock pretty well in a consumer motherboard. My now ancient Gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev.1 (BIOS F8b) picked this right up from the i7-970 I had before.

After a month or so of tweaking, settled on a stable 4.5Ghz. This is running Rosetta@Home constantly (so 100% load, at all times). And with Hyper-Threading, 24GB memory @ 1600, 24/7 clock speed. I state that not to brag, but because some people will quote a high speed that only runs "under certain conditions."

If I had a week long rendering job, I would trust this machine to complete it.

This is compared to 4.2Ghz for the i7-970 that this chip replaced for reference. This chip just happened to be better. Not trying to promote buying xeons "just because."

My final take away is that this will likely be the chip that will be in this machine until it finally dies, I'm pretty happy with that.

At 4.5Ghz with 12 virtual (but outdated) cores, it still seems to get the job done pretty well =D

Cons: It's unfortunate that 6 core processors on socket 1366 never really became affordable before the socket was EOL. I would say price as a Con, but this is a Xeon, not an i7.

If you aren't an overclocker, or you are legitimately putting this chip into a server for production use this chip won't have a chance to really show it's strength.

Being that this architecture is roughly 2 generations old, and that the x58 chipset (Intel 55x0 I/O Hub in Xeon trim) is limited to native SATA II support and PCIe Gen2, unless the task you run on the server is especially processor dependent w/o being I/O bound, it's hard to justify the upgrade being stuck at the stock 3.2Ghz speed.

Other Thoughts: I must disclose that I "inherited" this processor from a dead server, and did not pay for it from my personal funds. That said, if you have a solid socket 1366 system you are happy with, and you were considering any 6 core (12 HT) chip, be it a xeon or Gulftown i7 as a "final upgrade" I would recommend it.

This is all price dependent, of course. When you can build a 5+Ghz 8virtual core system with better performance, obviously it's time to move on.

You won't be able to match the single core performance (or overclocking) of newer chips, but if your workload scales well over multiple cores - AND you already have an existing 1366 system that can overclock - this makes a nice upgrade.

Of course, if you're starting from scratch... this isn't the place to start.

Fun food for thought: Until Intel finally unlocks the 8th core on consumer socket 2011 chips that can be overclocked (not just the locked down xeons), you can still be competitive in distributed apps with this old tech =)

Ironically, as Sandy Bridge-E is native 8 core (16 virtual) chip, but without competition in the high end space... socket 1366 barely shuffles on.

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EVGA 132-GT-E768-RX LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggs 3rd RMA board... dead =( 05/12/2012

This review is from: EVGA 132-GT-E768-RX LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Worked for a total uptime of about 7 hours...

Sound worked fine.
All memory slots worked (all 12 filled).

Cons: ...then just shut off never to boot again, just like RMA #2

So just in case people are wondering, this was with a new powersupply and different memory to rule out that those may have been causing the issues.

This was in an open testbed, with a fan blowing on the board so motherboard temps were good.

Everything was working rather nicely actually, I was pretty excited... and then nothing. *sigh*

Other Thoughts: I just don't think these boards hold up under 24/7 load. Maybe the power section and/or voltage fluctuation kills the chipset or something.

I was actually monitoring the voltages on this particular board - they fluctuated a lot. Tried a different power supply just in case but same thing.

Basically this motherboard probably would have kept working for a long time if all I did was game on it. However running encodes and/or a distributed computing project on it 24/7 apparently isn't so good an idea.

This time, I'll send evga an email and do the RMA through them - maybe they can figure out what blows up on these. Or maybe it's something else and I have the widowmaker processor (works in other boards though).

regardless... I think I'm done with refurb boards. forever.

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EVGA 132-GT-E768-RX LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggs 2nd dead RMA board... =( going for a 3rd. 04/25/2012

This review is from: EVGA 132-GT-E768-RX LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: The onboard audio and the black memory slots worked on this one! Was kinda neat since I had the same hard drive with win7 install from the last RMA and it just booted right up and the audio was working.

Cons: Was cruising along for about 15 minutes... then the machine just shut off. Permanently.

The onboard LED diagnostic wouldn't even light up after that one.

Other Thoughts: ugh... so I'm up to roughly $27 in RMA shipping costs now.

I tried reseating everything but ... I'm just rather tired of this by now. I guess there's a reason evga has enough refurb stock of this model board to be able to offer them on newegg ;/

I guess I should have taken Matth up on his offer, I was just hoping I was unlucky the first time and I would be able to get this machine together sooner. But that's not to be apparently =(

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Display Name: Josh K.

Date Joined: 03/13/02

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  • First Review: 10/30/05
  • Last Review: 11/16/12
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