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Equivalent Xeon vs. Core i7

Specifically, I am considering the core i7 860 and the xeon x3450.

Many of the specs are the same, with the exception of the clock speed.

What would be the advantages or disadvantages of each of these?

FYI, my inteded use is for business, with significant use for photo editing, quickbooks for bookkeeping and general usage in an office.

Thanks
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  1. The pretty much the same. The only difference is that the Xeon cpus are Typically made out of higher quality materials than the general market cpus. Mainly for server reliability.

    I would say get the 860 over a Xeon. Most of the time (not always) Xeons cost more than the general market cpu.
  2. 289 for the i7 860
    269 for the 3450
  3. Best answer
    The functional difference is that the Xeon supports ECC memory. Choose this plus an ECC-capable motherboard if you want to protect against data corruption in memory.
  4. for desktop use there is just no need for the xeon, and all you will notice is the higher price for a motherboard and memory etc

    the myth that xeon's are some magical monsterous performer is total rubbish - quite the oppisite
  5. you can use xeons with other xeon processors... thats about it.
  6. Mac users seem to think the Xeons are magical performance unicorns. But that's probably just to justify the $4000 price tag for their desktop computers (which use the Xeons). :pt1cable:
  7. Best answer selected by njxc500.
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