My Xeon journey started 2 years ago with my first E5-1660, which had a short because of improper air cooler handling.
Then, the 2nd Xeon managed to degrade because of using 8 sticks of RAM.
Then the 3rd Xeon was already degraded with a high VID at stock, and then the IMC was degraded due to running at 1866 too long
Then, the 4th Xeon was all good… but only for 11 months.
Finally, I said I would get a Ivy Bridge Xeon instead of a Sandy Bridge Xeon… TO NO AVAIL.
Turns out my motherboard, the Gigabyte X79S-UP5-WIFI is only electrically compatible with Ivy Bridge Xeons with Revision 1.1, not what I have, revision 1.0.
I’m defeated. I can’t do this anymore. In order to continue using my X79 system, I have to get a 4960X instead of a Xeon.
I spent 2 years of my life on this project and all I’ve gotten was criticism that I’m trying to polish a turd and that I should instead start with a new system.
They may just be right. My Xeon adventures have had no results of use whatsoever, and now I have to not choose a Xeon anymore.
The alternative if I wanted to keep the Xeon is to get a ASUS Sabertooth X79 or Rampage X79… both overinflated by the “Tech YES tax,” and I do see the 4960X is actually supported by my motherboard Revision 1.0.
Problem is, I’ve been beaten down to within an inch of throwing this system out the window. This is too much torture.
I hate myself.