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HELP WITH A XEON E5-1660 ON ASUS X79 PRO OR A BRAND NEW SEALED BOXED XEON NEEDS A HOME

ANYONE- EITHER HAVE ADVICE ON HOW TO USE A XEON E5-1660, OR

 

WOULD LIKE TO OWN A BRAND NEW, PERFECT, SEALED IN-THE-NEWEST-BOX, WITH NEWEST

 

SPEC, BATCH ETC., AND WITH MORE THAN A FULL WARRANTY

I SOLD AN ASUS X77 EXTREME V AND INTEL 3770K AS I NEEDED A

 

FULL X 16 PCIe 3.0 AND A FULL X8 PCIe 3.0. I PURCHASED AN ASUS P9X79 PRO AND

 

INTEL 3930K. ALTHOUGH THE LARGE ADS WITH ALL X79 MOTHERBOARDS SAY PCIe 3.0

 

DOUBLE THE SPEED OF YOUR GTX 680, THE SMALL PRINT WITH THE LITTLE DEAD END *

 

SAYS THAT PCIe 3.0 IS ONLY POSSIBLE WITH THE COMPATIBLE PARTS; MEANING GRAPHIC

 

CARD AND CPU.

WHAT THIS ACTUALLY MEANS IS THAT ALTHOUGH I HAVE AN EVGA GTX

 

680 FTW+ 4GB $569 CARD AND A $320 ASUS PCIe 3.0 CAPABLE MOTHERBOARD, THERE IS

 

NOT A SINGLE CONSUMER DESKTOP CPU ON THE MARKET TO COMPLETE THE QUALIFICATIONS

 

FOR PCIe 3.0 SUCCESS.

MY INTEL $590 3930K CPU WILL NOT MEET THE STANDARDS THAT

 

INTEL SET FOR ITS OWN CHIPSET- SO MY QUESTION IS WHY ARE ANY MOTHERBOARD

 

COMPANIES ADVERTISING SOMETHING THAT ISN'T POSSIBLE? WERE THEY MISLEADING ME

 

AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER CUSTOMERS OR WERE THE MOTHERBOARD COMPANIES MISLED;

 

BELIEVING THAT OF COURSE THE X79 CHIPSET MAKER WOULD CERTAINLY BE PROVIDING THE

 

KEY COMPONENT TO MAKE THE GRPAHIC CARD DOULBED SPEED (PCIe 3.0) A SUCCESSFUL AND WORTHWHILE

 

INVESTMENT?

I HAVE SEARCHED EVERY FORUM, TECH OUTLET, REVIEW, MAGAZINE

 

ETC. AND I AM AMAZED THAT EVERYONE IS TAKING THIS LAYING DOWN. WHERE IS THE

 

FIGHT? I LITERALLY HAVE BEEN DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE WHAT I PAID DEARLY

 

FOR.

SO I BOUGHT A XEON E5-1660 FOR MY ASUS PRO AND ASUS SAID IT

 

WON'T SUPORT IT. I HAVE TO PURCHASE AN ASUS X79 WS WORKSTATION DESKTOP. THAT

 

MEANS SELLLING MY BOARD AND THE 39030K.

I OWN A BRAND NEW BOXED XEON E5-1660 THAT IS THE MOTHERLOAD

 

IN BATCH, S-SPEC, AND INTEL VERIFIES THAT THE WARRANTY IS A COUPLE MONTHS

 

BEYOND 3 YEARS- IT IS THAT NEW. I AM SELLING AND GOING BACK TO THE Z77.

# ONE--ANY ADVICE

# TWO--- ANY ONE LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BOXED XEON E5-1660, BRAND NEW AND

 

UNOPENED DROP ME A PM. DON'T BUY A 3930K AND X79 AND EXPECT WHAT YOU WANT. THIS

 

CPU WITH THE DREAM MACHINE MOTHERBOARD WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT WE ALL SHOULD HAVE

 

GOTTEN. PM ME FOR A PATHWAY TO A SUCCESSFUL PCIe 3.0 BUILD.

THANKS ALL

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We would like to inform that only the 3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Processors are designed to support PCIe 3.0 devices.

Unfortunately at this point, we cannot confirm if a new LGA2011 Processor will be released supporting the revision 3.0.

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Hello Alvaro_Intel Thank you for your response to my concern. I already know that "officially" the Intel i7 Sandy Bridge E processors only support revision 2.0. I understand that Ivy Bridge i7 processors, being 3rd generation (such as the i7 3770K) will support revision 3.0 graphic cards that are 3.0 and installed on motherboards with PCIe 3.0 capability.

MY QUESTION IS RELATED TO THE XEON E5-1660, WHICH ACCORDING TO THE INTEL WEB SITE DOES SUPPORT REVISION 3.0.

SINCE THIS XEON E5-1660 DOES SUPPORT 3.0 AND THE ASUS P9 X79 WS MOTHERBOARD SUPPORTS BOTH PCIe 3.0 AND THE XEON E5-1660 PROCESSORS AM I OK TO BUILD A MACHINE THAT WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT 3.0 TODAY AND HAVE INTEL'S STAMP OF APPROVAL?

MY SECOND QUESTION IS DIRECTED TO ASUS KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THE X79 WS SUPPORTS THE XEON E5-1660 THEN WILL THE ASUS X79 PRO MORE THAN LIKELY SUPPORT THE XEON E5-1660 PROCESSOR.

Thank you for any further clarification you can give and please know that I am not implying or asking if the i7 Sandy Bridge E (3960X, 3930K, or 3820) will have Intel "approval" as I already know that Intel says "offically" NO.

Thanks again.

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This cannot possibly be the correct reply with regards to

 

the specs given on the XEON E5-1660. It clearly states that it is REV 3.0,

 

supporting PCIe 3.0X16 and then the Asus P(X79 WS (work station) clearly

 

indicates that the Xeon E5-1660 is a compatible CPU for this motherboard.

So the Asus advertisement that the board supports PCIe3.0

 

X16 as long as the two components, being the CPU and GPU, are both supportive

 

of PCIe 3.0, then I should be able to purchase the Asus X79 WS motherboard and

 

put my Xeon E5-1660 in it and should have my Evga GTX 680 FTW+ running at the

 

advertised speed of 3.0 x 16.

If I am being told that this is NOT POSSIBLE then why are

 

these motherboard manufactures selling any X79 motherboards at all? It appears

 

to have been a total waste of a generation and no one should have jumped on

 

board this "impossible to qualify" set of components.

Intel , not only did you have the final say on the certain

 

failure of an advertising promise made by motherboard companies, but you also

 

provided the very chipset that supposedly does give the motherboards the "readiness"

 

to support PCIe 3.0.

First you promise a Sandy Bridge E that in the closing hours

 

is stripped of Native USB 3.0, the expected number of Intel Sata III ports

 

based on the X79 chipset and not some "tossed in fix" so as to not render the

 

board a complete embarrassment, and the final blow was you found yourselves

 

faced with the decision of holding off the release of the CPU until the Rev 3.0

 

support was "fixed", and you chose to let the motherboard makers make promises

that Intel wouldn't allow them to keep, and you chose to let individual customers to

have hope that you certainly wouldn't leave them abandoned, and you prematurely

released a failure of a processor.

Intel hedged its bets knowing that companies like Evga would

 

make great improvements in Video Cards that even though they were remarkably

 

better, they still would not saturate a 2.0 X 16 PCIe slot. That would be

 

enough to pull the gamer's and enthusiast's attention away from the ethical,

 

moral and possibly legal failures and it bought you time; more time than I ever

 

thought possible

But I didn't build. I waited because I didn't want to have

 

to sell a used 3930K and a used Asus X79 Pro.

And then the XEON showed up and Asus Work Station users

 

claim they are getting the promised 3.0 PCIe X16. You see I also purchased a

 

Rev 3.0 $1,200 Areca 1882 ix12 4GB Raid Controller Card that needs an X8 PCIe

 

3.0. Tell me and don't beat around the

 

bush. I am running out of time.

Will this TRIO of the Asus P9X79 WS + Evga GTX 680 FTW+ 4GB

 

+ Intel XEON E5-1660 Rev 3.0 make me

 

even more angry because now I have 2 CPU"S to return to Intel and 2

 

Motherboards to return to Asus. I am not carrying this corporate failure on my

 

little shoulders and how could a Corporation as powerful and wealthy as Intel

 

to even suggest such a thing- that is what is most disturbing.

It is WRONG to sell a motherboard with PCIe 3.0 promises,

 

but the second leg of that promises is physically impossible because Intel

 

won't provide it. I am going to ask Asus to take back my X79 PRO that has sat

 

unused for 4 months waiting for the go ahead to have 3.0. It isn't coming is it?

I also will be sending my 3930k which was purchased to go

 

with the Asus X79 PRO as there were NO OTHER OPTIONS, yet it stripped me of my

 

right to meet the motherboard maker's requirement to have PCIe 3.0 capability.

This generation of CPUs' was a huge error on the part of Intel, and in

 

principle I will not stop until I am on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

 

I have done it once before with another company and it seems that it is time to

 

rally the troops.