The motherboard is nice. I mentioned that the LEDs set to white has more of a blue look but that is a minor complaint. Setup was really easy , and out of the box it works with Broadwell EP CPUs. Everything booted up fine.
If the motherboard supports the CPU, it should use all the cores. All 22 of mine are used as I use it daily with my software. Just remember that if you go Xeon, you are not going to be using a lot of the features this mobo offers. such as overclocking, etc.
In the description i mentioned I took a gamble on ebay. You can find lots of engineering samples/ used cpus.
The board lighting is not bad. Has tons of features. However I have two issues.
The color 'white' is more of a really white blue' and doesn't match my thermaltake white ring led fans'
The motherboard power button and two surrounding buttons stay Red, no matter the color settings.
It all depends on what you are using your Rig for. If you are gaming and love to OC then this CPU is probably not the best choice. You are right though, the cost of the 6950x is insane. However with a Xeon you dont get any XMP memory features or CPU OC features.
The 1080 actually beats the quadro m6000 in most of the software i use. Certain applications are also starting to use Direct X which is a plus for content creation. A $700 card was an wasy choice for my wallet over the $5000 quadro m6000.
So far so good!
I dont know if i have anything that will accurately measure them. I will see if cablemod has measurements. This thread might help. It goes over the different sizes of sleeving. http://www.overclock.net/t/929480/cable-sleeving-comparison
I chose paracord as my cable sleeving.
Thanks, I wanted to do more rainbow stuff but started out with this.
I haven't seen any rainbow cables and didn't want to do the standard rainbow colors.
Overall I am a fan.
Well, I knew that Broadwell Xeons were going to come out soon. So I kept Ebay tabs open and setup some filters. A batch of 10 came up and I decided to take a gamble on it. Especially since it came with a decent warranty and return policy. I pulled the trigger when I saw them selling like hotcakes. I put it in, ran it with the software I normally use. So far so good.
I was inspired when I saw Linus put a Xeon in an X99 build and saw the benchmarks, so I decided to do the same.
Thanks, I will update this ASAP. The part list was made a few days before i ordered some things changed via price. Ended up going with the Evga parts since they were bundled on newegg and not overpriced to oblivion.
woops!, This should actually be the MSI Gaming Carbon, which goes for 330. When I saved this part list, that board wasnt on this list yet.
Definitely thought about it. I have a 970 I would like to put in and try before it goes away. I am curious to see the performance in certain applications with and without it.
I think thats the standard price for that motherboard. Its currently on newegg.com for that price.