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Westmere-EP is a better buy than Gulftown?

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I've chosen three processors below for comparison:

  • Intel Core i7 980X Gulftown
  • Intel Xeon W3680 Westmere-EP
  • Intel Core i7 980 Gulftown

All three have the same stock speeds (3.33GHz Turbo 3.6GHz), and 12MB cache. In fact, they don't have many differences at all, spec-wise. I'm seeing on StaticICE some W3680's priced at around the same as the 980, which makes it a better buy because it has a faster QPI bus.

 

So here's what it comes down to: is the Westmere-EP processor multiplier unlocked? Because if it is, I would definitely get the W3680 over the 980X...

 

Also, if someone can give a better indication of the market prices of each of the three processors that'd be nice too.

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depending on what you are going to use this for 2500k $200 is probably a much better buy and it overclocks to a higher level much easier

 

but if thats not good enough for you maybe wait a month or two if you can as those old chips will soon be replaced

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My limited google fu tells me the Xeon W3680 is multi unlocked, and its the better chip of the 3 if you must have 6cores.

 

however in saying that, for that price, im going to agree with dasa, you would be better off with a SB 2500/2600k + new mobo combo or waiting for the new SB-E 2011 cpus/boards.

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I think if Intel actually advertises their W3680 as multi unlocked, the demand for the 980X/990X would drop significantly.

 

I just love seeing the 12 threads in task manager :)

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