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Guidance about CPUs with a Dell computer

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May 26, 2010 4:52:23 PM

Hello,

Might someone be able to compare the merits of the i7 960 and the xeon 3570 both sold by dell in high end desk tops.. the former on the personal side, the latter on the business side. thanks ae
May 26, 2010 4:57:22 PM

I dont know about these CPUs. The specs say they comparable in power but maybe there are performance differences..
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May 26, 2010 5:23:18 PM

The 960 is optimised for desktop applications like games, MS office, designing/encoding apps, etc. The Xeon, on the other hand, is a server CPU, designed to run 24X7, so it has lesser power consumption, & is suited for mission critical tasks (scientific applications, supercomputing through farms of Xeon processors, etc).
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May 26, 2010 5:27:34 PM

runswindows95 said:
Xeon - http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=39722
i7 960 - http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37151

The Xeon CPU's are made for high end workstations and servers. The i7 is for desktops. Performance wise, they would be the same. If they are the same price, I would go with the Xeon. Xeons are designed for very stressful environments. They handle heat better, and are made better than their desktop equivalents.



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beat me to it.
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May 26, 2010 5:27:47 PM

Well,

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=39722 Xeon w3570

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=37151 Core i7 960



1st major difference between the 2 is cost of the cpu,

I7 $562.00

Xeon $999.00



The second is the the QPI speed.

I7 4.8 GT/s

Xeon 6.4 GT/s

Which this basically means how fast information can pass though either the system or the cpu at 1 moment in time. I forget with of the 2 it is.

Third is max DDR3 ram speed that the cpu can natively it run at.

Core i7: 1066MHz

Xeon: 1333MHz.

Now you can have 1333MHz ram in the core i7, it just the cpu will underclock it to 1066MHz.

Last is a feature called demand base switching on the Xeon. (link for what demand base switching is.)



Other than that, There no difference.

Neither can be used in a multi socket Mother board, The both have the same TDP, GHz, and features like turbo boost (excluding the Demand Based Switching).

So overall, the Xeon you're looking into is an overcharged I7 960 and for that kind of money, the Core i7 980x will be a far better deal.
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May 26, 2010 5:34:22 PM

I was quicker on Google, that's all. :p 

Just glad I can access Tom's again. For awhile, I couldn't assess the site.
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