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November 20, 2013 1:21:13 AM

Aren't they for servers and things like that?

How do the servers work anyway, is it just a simple computer with a Xeon and you run a server from it?

I am a complete noob in this area, please clear me up on this.

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November 20, 2013 1:26:12 AM

It's not a simple computer, no. Servers with Xeons generally have 64GB or more RAM on VERY expensive motherboards. They tend to have low core clocks but lots of cores to reduce power consumption. They are X86 CPUs and they can run Windows and all that but you'd get much better consumer-level performance from an Intel i-somethingmeaningless or AMD FX CPU. It's like AMD's old Opteron, the Interlagos. It had literally 12 physical cores but only ran at 2.1GHz so for consumer tasks, it sucked. As a server CPU, it was amazing because it could handle 12 dedicated tasks at once.
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November 20, 2013 1:39:22 AM

Avro Arrow said:
It's not a simple computer, no. Servers with Xeons generally have 64GB or more RAM on VERY expensive motherboards. They tend to have low core clocks but lots of cores to reduce power consumption. They are X86 CPUs and they can run Windows and all that but you'd get much better consumer-level performance from an Intel i-somethingmeaningless or AMD FX CPU. It's like AMD's old Opteron, the Interlagos. It had literally 12 physical cores but only ran at 2.1GHz so for consumer tasks, it sucked. As a server CPU, it was amazing because it could handle 12 dedicated tasks at once.


So what exactly are people running with these chips? Game servers?
And also, these 'Black edition' (3930K / 3970X etc) are they server chips too?
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November 20, 2013 1:41:58 AM

Anything like email, dhcp, ftp, sevices, websites, money transactions, information and etc.
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November 20, 2013 2:00:45 AM

dulix11 said:
Avro Arrow said:
It's not a simple computer, no. Servers with Xeons generally have 64GB or more RAM on VERY expensive motherboards. They tend to have low core clocks but lots of cores to reduce power consumption. They are X86 CPUs and they can run Windows and all that but you'd get much better consumer-level performance from an Intel i-somethingmeaningless or AMD FX CPU. It's like AMD's old Opteron, the Interlagos. It had literally 12 physical cores but only ran at 2.1GHz so for consumer tasks, it sucked. As a server CPU, it was amazing because it could handle 12 dedicated tasks at once.


So what exactly are people running with these chips? Game servers?
And also, these 'Black edition' (3930K / 3970X etc) are they server chips too?


Lots of servers, anything from Hypervisor hosting to databases, web servers, directory servers etc etc.


Some of the lower Xeons are actually i7s in disguise. The Xeon E3-1230 is actually a i7 2700/3770/4770 but cheaper and with the integrated graphics disabled. If you have no interest in overclocking, then that Xeon is actually a very good gaming CPU for the money.
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