This platform might be aging but the video transcoding performance of it is really nice. However, the single thread performance is becoming harder and harder to tolerate by each passing day. What to replace with without losing video transcoding performance and gaining on single thread performance while keeping an eye on the price, too? I posted elsewhere and people recommended the Threadripper 1950X... I bet! I also bet that quad Xeon Platinums would be faster too! Please mind the price. Thanks Ps. I am posting in the Intel forum because Hackintoshing might be in the cards. So Intel is preferred for that reason alone. Ps2. userbenchmark is useless in here, look at this http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Xeon-X5660-vs-Intel-Xeon-E5-2680-v2/m17750vsm17083 this claims a 6 Cores, 12 Threads @2.8 GHz Westmere EP is significantly faster than a 10 Cores, 20 Threads @2.8 GHz Ivy Bridge EP and the 2690 v2 is only 4% faster.