E5-2696 V2 CPUs for $325!

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This is is very good information to point out, the 9696 v2 is OEM and may not work on all mainstream motherboards/manufacturers, so it is something to watch out for. If you are still choosing to go down this route, I would recommend something like the HP z820, which is a dual socket LGA 2011 motherboard, with this combination, will give you something like this with CPU-z score, and like you said, will provide slightly better performance than a single 1950X TR, as you can see here.

You can also see here, that contrary to what you read on the internet, the 2969 v2 has a single core boost of 3.5GHz, NOT 3.3GHz....
Good information to know that 2696 v2 works with the HP z820 which i am a little surprised because i figure hp might not support oem cpu since this cpu is not on their z820 cpu list. I know it also works with Lenovo D30 which i have. I personally prefer the Lenovo D30 (dual socket will work with 2696 v2) and S30 (single socket but doesn't work with 2696 v2) because they both use mostly generic components including psu. I just replaced my parents s30 psu with a drop in from best buy for $40 after the original went out from power surge.

Someone here also mentioned before that 2696 v2 does work with dell T620. I know for sure 2696 v2 doesn't work with intel s2600 MB but does work with asus z9pe MB
 
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Good information to know that 2696 v2 works with the HP z820 which i am a little surprised because i figure hp might not support oem cpu since this cpu is not on their z820 cpu list. I know it also works with Lenovo D30 which i have. I personally prefer the Lenovo D30 (dual socket will work with 2696 v2) and S30 (single socket but doesn't work with 2696 v2) because they both use mostly generic components including psu. I just replaced my parents s30 psu with a drop in from best buy for $40 after the original went out from power surge.

Someone here also mentioned before that 2696 v2 does work with dell T620. I know for sure 2696 v2 doesn't work with intel s2600 MB but does work with asus z9pe MB
That's good to know. I've kept my eyes open for homes for the 2600 v2 family of CPUs so I will keep the Lenovo D30 on my short list. However, I am partial to the z820 for absolutely sick liquid cooling system.
 

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That's good to know. I've kept my eyes open for homes for the 2600 v2 family of CPUs so I will keep the Lenovo D30 on my short list. However, I am partial to the z820 for absolutely sick liquid cooling system.
Until you have a breakdown, then you will appreciate the lenovo near complete usage of generic components ;)
 
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just made an offer for two 2696 v2 at $79 each. With tax to my state on ebay (you suck for starting to collect tax on EVERY state), the total came out to be $169 and change for two 2696 v2. So not too bad I guess.... YMMV

1950X multicore performance for $169. even one single cpu multicore performance here is much better than anything you can get from intel or amd right now for around $80. Not to mention the saving on ram price...lol..

 
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just made an offer for two 2696 v2 at $79 each. With tax to my state on ebay (you suck for starting to collect tax on EVERY state), the total came out to be $169 and change for two 2696 v2. So not too bad I guess.... YMMV

1950X multicore performance for $169. even one single cpu multicore performance here is much better than anything you can get from intel or amd right now for around $80. Not to mention the saving on ram price...lol..

If you are building a system with two of them I have extensive benchmarking stuff you could compare performance with.
 
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If you are building a system with two of them I have extensive benchmarking stuff you could compare performance with.
Whats the benchmarks?

I was expecting the seller not to accept my offer.....lol... oh well.. ;) It would've been nice to be able to use this in the lenovo s30 but that's not the case. I do have two D30, one with dual 2695 v2 and another with dual 2667 v2. I guess this will replace the 2695 v2 cpus and then i can put those 2695 v2 which are not oem into my s30.

2695 v2 is also 12 core 24 threads but the overall single and multicore speed is basically mediocre.
2680 v2 is only $55 now...lol... for $55, i don't think you can find a new intel or ryzen cpu that can beat the 2680 v2 in multicore performance either.

Looks like the price drop in v2 cpu is making them a bargain again if you willing to use older MB and hardwares.
 
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Whats the benchmarks?

I was expecting the seller not to accept my offer.....lol... oh well.. ;) It would've been nice to be able to use this in the lenovo s30 but that's not the case. I do have two D30, one with dual 2695 v2 and another with dual 2667 v2. I guess this will replace the 2695 v2 cpus and then i can put those 2695 v2 which are not oem into my s30.

2695 v2 is also 12 core 24 threads but the overall single and multicore speed is basically mediocre.
2680 v2 is only $55 now...lol... for $55, i don't think you can find a new intel or ryzen cpu that can beat the 2680 v2 in multicore performance either.

Looks like the price drop in v2 cpu is making them a bargain again if you willing to use older MB and hardwares.
I have more questions here but no time to respond ATM!... Very good steal with those CPUs! had to ask first about your RAM setup. (Here is a little challenge for you) Are you about to go 8 channel with your Lenovo D30? Because you will need at least 16 memory modules running at 1866 MHz to run "level" with my z820 memory bandwidth :)

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I have more questions here but no time to respond ATM!... Very good steal with those CPUs! had to ask first about your RAM setup. (Here is a little challenge for you) Are you about to go 8 channel with your Lenovo D30? Because you will need at least 16 memory modules running at 1866 MHz to run "level" with my z820 memory bandwidth :)
My dual 2696 v2 is inside a box with the asus z9pe-d16 MB with 256GB 1333 ram 16X16GB . so it's definitely not as fast as yours memory bandwidthwise ;)

This is the benchmark fo my system. Not the best but it gives a rough idea of the performance: Asus Z9PE-D16 Series Performance Results - UserBenchmark
 
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I was expecting the seller not to accept my offer.....lol... oh well.. ;)
Ha Ha...I've been there. That's how I wound up with a pair of E5-2651 v2 for my Asus Z9-PRD12. I wanted to upgrade from a pair of E5-2630 v1, and while I was more concerned about core count than speed (they are 12 core), I was thinking I'd probably want something faster than a 1.8 Ghz base clock. But, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give a pretty low offer of $25 each just to see what happened....
 
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Ha Ha...I've been there. That's how I wound up with a pair of E5-2651 v2 for my Asus Z9-PRD12. I wanted to upgrade from a pair of E5-2630 v1, and while I was more concerned about core count than speed (they are 12 core), I was thinking I'd probably want something faster than a 1.8 Ghz base clock. But, I figured it wouldn't hurt to give a pretty low offer of $25 each just to see what happened....
At least you can brag that you have a pair of 12 core cpu...lol... but that cpu is not much than a ryzen 4500U 15W 6core 6 thread notebook cpu ;)
Btw, what case are you using for that Z9-PRD12 MB?
 

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At least you can brag that you have a pair of 12 core cpu...lol... but that cpu is not much than a ryzen 4500U 15W 6core 6 thread notebook cpu ;)
My son and I use it to experiment with VMs, hypervisors, OSs, hardware/software configuration, etc. We don't do any "regular work" on it, and don't use it for data storage. Yeah, its weak. But unlike that Ryzen, we've got 64 PCIe lanes and 160GB of RAM to work with :p
 

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Whats the benchmarks?

I was expecting the seller not to accept my offer.....lol... oh well.. ;) It would've been nice to be able to use this in the lenovo s30 but that's not the case. I do have two D30, one with dual 2695 v2 and another with dual 2667 v2. I guess this will replace the 2695 v2 cpus and then i can put those 2695 v2 which are not oem into my s30.

2695 v2 is also 12 core 24 threads but the overall single and multicore speed is basically mediocre.
2680 v2 is only $55 now...lol... for $55, i don't think you can find a new intel or ryzen cpu that can beat the 2680 v2 in multicore performance either.

Looks like the price drop in v2 cpu is making them a bargain again if you willing to use older MB and hardwares.
Yeah, I wanted to mention the 2680 v2 is a great chip. One of the best chips in the 2600 series family, striking an excellent balance between core count and frequency. Definitely a great buy right now.

I recently LOST a pair of 2600 v3 chips (ill get back with the exact model later). I'm really annoyed about that, I really dont want to talk about it lol. It was one of the 12 core chips and for some reason very cheap on ebay right now, despite excellent performance numbers that eclipse every single v2 chip on the market.. So I will be re-visiting that family as well, getting two more of those.
 

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Btw, what case are you using for that Z9-PRD12 MB?
Oh, didn't see that question earlier....we've got it in an ancient Supermicro SC933. So, lots of room. Replaced the old PSUs with a single fixed Supermicro PWS-605P that was an almost perfect match size wise. With active Intel BXTS13A CPU coolers and a decent fan curve, its actually pretty quiet.
 
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FYI Guys these two CPUs are still pretty cheap and pretty powerful especially if you combine two of them.
The 2696 v2 runs at identical single core turbo speeds as a 2697 v2, and since it has a 100mhz boost in ALL CORE turbo speed, the 2696 v2 is actually the better processors, especially when you factor in a lower TDP of 10 watts for more 100 MHZ.

According to some quick calculations, these run about $100 on ebay right now, with the 2697 about $15-20 more!
I can definitely confirm that they do run at 3.1ghz all-core speed as well as 3.5ghz single core speed. If you have a good (doesn't even have to be great or liquid or anything fancy) cooler, they will stay at 3.1ghz all day long for max multicore tasks.
 
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I can definitely confirm that they do run at 3.1ghz all-core speed as well as 3.5ghz single core speed. If you have a good (doesn't even have to be great or liquid or anything fancy) cooler, they will stay at 3.1ghz all day long for max multicore tasks.
Yup. That's exactly correct. No matter how much I can throw at it, given a very good cooling system it will NEVER dip below 3.1GHz all core. Also with a very good water cooling system your turbo operation will be much more aggressive. So while it will hold 3.1GHz with air cooling for the most part, you will be missing out on some very slight performance advantages vs water cooling. (at least in my research)

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The lower TDP would make the 2696 less likely to be able to keep up the turbo multiplier and max usage compared to 2697. so the 2697 would still likely be faster most of the time.
My z820 rig with two 2696 processors says this might not be true. Bench marks are pretty much spot on between both processors. Both long and short duration benches as well. You can't just assume the higher wattage processor is going to have better turbo clocking. It's only a 10 watt difference.
 

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My z820 rig with two 2696 processors says this might not be true. Bench marks are pretty much spot on between both processors. Both long and short duration benches as well. You can't just assume the higher wattage processor is going to have better turbo clocking. It's only a 10 watt difference.
A more reasonable conclusion is that the 2696 and 2697 is the same except that cpus with higher leakage current (and thereby higher power use) get sold as 2697 and the better cpus off the assembly line get sold as 2696 and are allowed to all-core-turbo a bit higher on account of their energy efficiency.
 
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A more reasonable conclusion is that the 2696 and 2697 is the same except that cpus with higher leakage current (and thereby higher power use) get sold as 2697 and the better cpus off the assembly line get sold as 2696 and are allowed to all-core-turbo a bit higher on account of their energy efficiency.
Yes, this is the most reasonable conclusion I have seen offered for this discrepancy between the two chips relative to performance.

I cant confirm this right now, but I have a hunch that all OEM processors in the 2600 v2 series have no limit on base turbo clock. ie. 2673 v2
 

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I thought 2697 were supposed to be the "better" one since it's more expensive than the 2696 and also have more MB compatibility and is not OEM and is guaranteed to work on more MB?
 
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