Xeon W3680 and i7 980X are practically the same chip. The main difference between the two is ECC capability, which is disabled in i7 brand as it is marketing for home computing VS Xeon brand is marketing toward workstation/servers in commercial sector. ECC function provides stability that is crucial for data servers running 24/7 all year around. It's not an important feature for home computing. Generally speaking, ECC hardware costs more because it is mostly used by commercial sector.
Like i7 Xtreme series, W3680 is unlocked. So it makes overclocking super easy, all you need to do is change BIOS CPU Ratio (aka multipliers) to 30, you 'll get 4.0 GHz. 31=4.15, 32=4.3..etc. That is it, no need to mess with other settings at all, in and out of BIOS in less than 15 seconds. All locked CPUs, basically all none extreme edition and some Xeon are a pain in the @$$ to OC. It involves hours of tunings and countless restarts, yikes!
I'm currently running at 4.3 GHz on Asus...
After putting this into my EVGA Classified I've managed to clock it to 4.25Ghz with 1.35V. The unlocked multiplier makes overclocking incredibly simple,well worth the price paid for this CPU.
Upgraded my 2009 Mac Pro from quad to 6 core processor. Also added a total of 32 GB RAM and an SSD for my VMWare files. All work and play well together. All the upgrades are visible on YouTube if you want to do it yourself.
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