Diamond in the rough? Equivalent i7 ivy for $230 (Xeon vs i7)

The Xeon E3-1230 V2 (ivy bridge) $235

4 cores with hyperthreading enabled
no integrated graphics (Ive got a gtx 670)
no overclocking potential (but I'm not interested in overclocking)
1155 socket

vs

The i7 3770 Ivy bridge $349

4 cores with hyperthreading enabled
Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics
1155 socket

Some benchmark data:
http://www.servethehome.com/intel-xeon-e31230-v2-ivy-bridge-xeon-review-4c8t-33ghz/


If you compare these 2 processors.. benchmarks are practically identical.. I know the Xeon is a server processor meant for heavier loads, but the price difference for almost equivalent performance is $100 dollars! I have a friend constantly throwing benchmark results at me and it is hard to argue when the Xeon seems to equal or best the 3770

when i try and research this people tend to say go with the 3770.. but nobody ever says why.

If this really is a diamond in the rough.. Why don't more people seem to own this?
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  1. You'd need to buy a more expensive Xeon 1155 board to run the E3.
  2. I say the Xeon would perform around the same or even better. When comparing the 2 processors it would seem that the would perform the same given they both run on the same architecture and have the same amount of L2 and L3 cache. I would think that the i7 would perform a bit better because of the extra .1GHz on both the normal clock and the turbo.
  3. amuffin said:
    You'd need to buy a more expensive Xeon 1155 board to run the E3.


    This will run on an Asrock Z77 extreme 4
  4. iocaine1 said:
    This will run on an Asrock Z77 extreme 4


    Yeah, most Asrock boards specifically claim that the xeons will run on their websites.
  5. iocaine1 said:
    This will run on an Asrock Z77 extreme 4


    That Xeon IS supported on that board, actually. http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z77%20Extreme4/?cat=CPU

    The 3770 is faster, though. The only differences that matter between them are basically the speed (the Xeon is 100Mhz slower) and that the Xeon doesn't have an iGPU.
  6. Since I see you have a GTX 670 (Gaming), wouldn't it be best to go with an i5? Or a cheaper E3 Xeon?
  7. amuffin said:
    Since I see you have a GTX 670 (Gaming), wouldn't it be best to go with an i5? Or a cheaper E3 Xeon?


    I might go with the i5.. 3570K, but its 5 dollars difference.
  8. Can anybody give me a reason not to opt for the Xeon?

    Don't...

    Bump posts


    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283384-33-read-first
  9. I can't. I have the same question myself. The only downside I really see it the lack over-clocking. As I already have a discrete video card. I wonder if Tom's has a benchmark of Xeon vs i5 vs i7 with regards to gaming.
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