should i swap my i7-5960x for a dual E5-2678v3?

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  1. BLinux

    BLinux cat lover server enthusiast

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    my current main workstation/gaming machine is a i7-5960x in a ASRock X99 Extreme11 board with 32GB DDR4 and a 1080TI. It's been good, but with the recent price drop on v3 Xeons, I think I can part out the current setup and use that money to buy a HP or Dell workstation class PC with dual E5-2678v3 Xeons, with possibly more RAM. I think I will keep the 1080TI and just move that over.

    The 5960x overclocks easily and I have it running at 4Ghz without a sweat (temperatures are still very low even under load). I know I won't be able to overclock the Xeons, so I may lose on single threaded performance. But recently, my work loads involve video editing, and I think I will benefit from more cores and RAM with the editor i'm using.

    Thoughts? Does that sound like a good idea?
     
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  2. DavidB

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    you single thread speed performance penalty will make this not worth it. As an alternative you could consider replacing your whole setup with a Z390 or X299/X399 setup and get both better power consumption, single threaded performance and more cores. Especially with the Ryzen 3 launch tomorrow many retailers are heavily discounting the Threadripper 2920/2950. (threadripper single thread is ~20% faster than 5960X and multi thread around 40%).

    Especially because it's likely that you will be able to sell the whole machine easier than selling the 5960X on its own.
     
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    Do you have a recommendation on X299/X399 workstation board? I'd like to look at that option, but I was under the impression that the cost would far exceed what I can get for parting out the current system. I'm not looking to spend more for the upgrade; looking at recent ebay sold prices for the components I currently have, it just looked like i could do an even swap to a dual socket v3 xeon. Nonetheless, I'm interested in other options so let me know what X299/X399 boards you might recommend...
     
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