I7 or xeon? which is better in Renderfarm?

bigboy125

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I bought a workstation in 2011 with the following specifications:

Intel Xeon E5645
24G ECC
which is the same as what is being used by the two biggest renderfarms in the industry:
foxrenderfarm
rebusfarm

I spoke with my my firends, and they told me xeon is more stable than i7.
now i want to bought some new workstations. but xeon is much too expensive so I have to think about this.

What is your opinion? Thanks in advance.
 

melikepie

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xeon cpu's are 4 servers... if you have the right socket why not? what are you currently running?