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  1. #1
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    $191 Upgrade to keep my 5 year old X58 system alive and kickin'

    So, back in late 2009 I built this system

    Specs:
    • Gigabyte X58-UD3R Motherboard
    • Core i7 920 @3.8ghz with Thermalright air cooler
    • Corsair 850 PSU
    • 12GB 1600mhz DDR3 (4x3)
    • XFX Radeon HD 5870 (max overclock) with a custom Thermalright cooler


    The system has performed flawlessly and been a beast. But now in 2015 it was starting show its age (still playing games well), but i wanted more. But, my budget currently didn't give me the budget to build new. So, instead I spent a total of $191 and picked up a 6core/12thread overclockable Xeon x5650 cpu for $56 and also a MSI R9 280x for $135 (said to be 4 months old). This seems to have been a great bang-for-the-buck upgrade. Yes, I know many of you will say the CPU upgrade was worthless, but for $56 I felt it was worth the shot. The TDP of the Xeon makes my system run even cooler, and performs better even in single core benchmarks. Also, if DirectX 12 works the way they are saying and lets API's use all threads, I'll have an additional 4 threads with the xeon and give me even a better overall upgrade for minimal $$.

    Here are the results (not extensive tweaking or testing yet)

    Core i7 920 @3.8ghz, air cooled, idle temps 35c, 100% load temps 70c
    Radeon 5870 core clock 900, mem clock 1300

    Xeon x5650 @4.4ghz, air cooled, idle temps 26c, 100% load temps 58c
    MSI R9 280x core clock 1150, mem clock 1650

    Benchmarks:


    Intel ETU CPU Benchmark
    i7 920 - 442
    x5650 - 592

    Cinebench Benchmark
    CPU
    i7 920 - 602
    x5650 - 1026
    CPU Single core
    i7 920 - 118
    x5650 - 137
    Open GL
    i7 920 - 96.22
    x5650 - 114.79

    Firestrike
    5870 - 2995
    280x - 8482

    Valley (ultra 1080p)
    5870 - 40.7fps / 1701
    280x - 77.9fps / 3148

    I'm pleased with me results so far and also how cool the system runs. I think for the little amount of money I put into my 5 year old system, I've made it usable for a good bit longer. And as I said before, with the way dx12 is supposed to use all threads for game api's, it'll even be a better upgrade overall.

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    Re: $191 Upgrade to keep my 5 year old X58 system alive and kickin'

    That looks like good results. I am suprised by the reduced temps though. I didn't think the process improvements would have led to that big of reduction in temperature with 2 added cores.
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    Re: $191 Upgrade to keep my 5 year old X58 system alive and kickin'

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouroboros View Post
    That looks like good results. I am suprised by the reduced temps though. I didn't think the process improvements would have led to that big of reduction in temperature with 2 added cores.
    Some of it could also just be the new application of thermal paste. It was about 2 years old at the time of cpu replacement.

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    Re: $191 Upgrade to keep my 5 year old X58 system alive and kickin'

    Nice upgrade. Those X58 systems definitely still have some staying power. My upgrade from i7-950 to 4770K definitely reduced power consumption and added some new features, but in terms of actual gaming results it'd be tough to call it a dramatic improvement. $56 for that xeon is a nice price


    Quote Originally Posted by Ouroboros View Post
    That looks like good results. I am suprised by the reduced temps though. I didn't think the process improvements would have led to that big of reduction in temperature with 2 added cores.
    It is pretty impressive, but don't forget that its not just incremental process improvements, it was a whole new node. The 920 was a 45nm Bloomfield core and the x5650 was a 32nm Westmere core. Not only that, but the xeon was binned for 95W TDP vs 130W TDP (granted, 95W was at 2.66ghz). I didn't find that my hex core westmere i7-970 folding machines ran any hotter than my bloomfield 950 despite the 2 extra cores.


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