Gigabyte X79S-UP5 Review
The Persistence Of Vision raytracer is heavily CPU dependant, as all rendering engines are. Overall the UP5 puts up a good showing, but it's clear from the average PPS that clock speed is king. This does neatly highlight the 'many ways to skin a cat'. The Xeon goes for lots of slow cores, whereas the i7 goes for a few really quick ones. The difference in per CPU performance is marked, yet the overall score is nearly the same.
Folding @ Home
There is no way to beat around the bush here, the UP5 is shockingly bad in F@H. Even with the 4.6GHz i7-3960X at its heart it gives us the lowest result we've seen. Lower than the stock CPU on the reference Intel board. It's as if the moment you have a heavy loading on the CPU the power phase gives up and chokes (if you'll pardon the pun) the life out of the CPU.