4 x Xeon E7540 vs Intel 5960X

By vedolino ยท 5 replies
Feb 14, 2015
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  1. Hello everyone. I am a 3D arch viz artist, using 3Ds Max + Vray render. I am looking for additional render power.

    My budget is around 2.000 Euros, so I was considering 2 options:

    A guy is selling a HP DL580 G7 server, which includes 32 GB ram and 4x Xeon E7540 2 GHz (6-core CPU, based on Nehalem), which is a total of 24 cores / 48 threads.

    For the same money, I could buy a 5960X system or 2 systems running a Core i7 4790 CPUs. The hardware in my country is a bit more expensive when compared to USA / EU.

    I can't find any benchmarks for the E7540 CPUs, so I am not sure if 4xE7540 would outperform 2 modern 4-core Core i7 CPUs (like the 4790K). That would be 24cores vs 8 cores / 48 threads vs 16 threads.

    Vray render uses all of the available CPU cores, no limit there.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2015
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    The 5960X system, if for the same money would be the best buy.
  3. vedolino

    vedolino TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Do you have some kind of a proof/benchmark/source for that claim, we are talking about 8 cores vs 24 cores after all?
  4. Micahsness

    Micahsness TS Rookie

    I have personally been using the Xeon E7540 and even with a GTX Titan Z it bottlenecks all over the place while under load etc. so I would go with the 5960X
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I don't think I agree with you guys. For serious render work (that isn't offloaded to the GPU) I think that Quad E7540 would kill a single 5960X. Easiest bet would be to have that guy give you a Cinebench 15 or similar result so you can compare.
    Cycloid Torus and cliffordcooley like this.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    Nice suggestion, make the guy with the system present benchmarks.
    Cycloid Torus likes this.

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