New Intel Core i7 4820k potential

By ectechs
Jan 30, 2014
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  1. I bought a new machine, basically to work with VM Workstation, but I'm wanting to know if there is more to this machine by tweaking it or should I just leave it as it is?

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  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,822   +390

    I would leave it as is, there is no reason to have that much extra performance on the chip if your doing VM workstation stuff. You can overclock it if you want so long as you have a decent cooler attached, but I do not see a reason for you to do it.
  3. ectechs

    ectechs Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks, thought it had enough processor and RAM to do the what I needed, just read a lot of tweaking like you mentioned, over clocking, but also read where you have to be very careful as well.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,196   +228

    I know this is a little off topic but I was curious to know if you bought the machine pre-built or if you built it yourself. I personally don't see the point of going LGA2011 and then only getting a quad core CPU - especially if running VMs is going to be one of the primary tasks for the machine. The price difference between this 2011 chip and the next one up that is 6 core is only about $200 so it baffles me that these x8xx chips sell at all.

    Closer to being on topic - if the current setup currently performs well for you then I'd leave things alone. You probably won't start seeing performance issues till you run multiple VMs simultaneously and even then only if those VMs are busy.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,062   +1,179

    My thought exactly.
  6. ectechs

    ectechs Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Currently I'm building VMs for testing purposes of applications in different OS's. Eventually I'll build them here and if they are what we need, roll them up to our ESXi infrastructure.


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