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Xenon E5-2687W vs i7-3960x

Aug 1, 2012 5:13 AM

Tags: #cs6 #e5-2687w #i7-3960x

I'm about to build a system for PP/AE CS6 and I’m considering to build it up on dual  E5-2687W processors.


Something like this:


Processor: 2x Xeon E5-2687W

Motherboard: ASUS Z9PE-D8 WS, 2xSocket-2011

GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 680 2GB

HDD: 4x SATA 3.0, 64MB Cache, 7200RPM, 3.5

SSD: INTEL 520 SERIES 2.5" 480GB

RAM: 8x8GB 1600mhz

+ the other necessaries


Due to the expensive cpu-cost in a dual E5-2687W setup I have an idea to cut the initial cost by beginning with one cpu and keep the option to upscale to two cpu's if needed in the future.


The question is how will a setup with only one E5-2687W cpu stack up to an i7-3960X setup simular to the one above? Strictly by performance in PP/AE CS6, not taking the price tag in consideration.


According to this test the DUAL E5 seem to give a real advantage in most cases: _xeon_insanity_e5-2660_e5-2687w/7

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    Aug 1, 2012 5:57 AM   in reply to Jim-Lar

    With a single CPU, it will be about equal to a single 3960X at stock speed.

    With dual CPU's, it may be about equal to a single 3930 or 3960 overclocked to around 4.6 GHz.

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    Aug 1, 2012 8:06 AM   in reply to Jim-Lar

    First of all, the benchmark you refer to are artificial benchmarks, Sandra, Aida and Cinebench and they do measure raw computing power, but not real-life performance. In the PPBM5 Benchmark we try to show what real-life performance is about, using real clips, a real project, in a real situation that editors encounter in their daily workflow.


    Notice that when you look at the current results (970 systems) there are only two dual CPU systems in the top-50, one overclocked to 4.0 GHz at rank #1 (something that Intel has disabled with the E5 series and at the huge price of $ 20K) and the other one at rank #16, all the rest are single CPU systems and when sorted on RPI (Relative Performance Index) the picture does not really change. There are 105 Xeon systems, of which 74 are dual CPU systems.


    I know that BFTB (bang-for-the-buck) is not relevant to your question, you have excluded that in your originial post, but for me it is a definite factor to consider. See Adobe Forums: Planning / building a new system. Part 1


    I just don't have sufficient data to say that the E5-2687W performs better or worse than a i7-3960X at stock speed, Lasvideo should submit his results ASAP. Of course number of cores play a role, as does the size of the L3 cache, but they may be offset by clock speed.

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    Aug 1, 2012 8:39 AM   in reply to Jim-Lar

    If you decide on starting with 1 CPU then you can only populate 4 banks of ram. The 2nd CPU is required to populate the other 4 banks since the memory controller is in the CPU's.



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