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

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August 10, 2012 4:16:24 AM

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-br...


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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August 10, 2012 4:18:57 AM

You'd need to buy a more expensive Xeon 1155 board to run the E3.
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August 10, 2012 4:22:12 AM

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.
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August 10, 2012 4:23:23 AM

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
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August 10, 2012 4:25:38 AM

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.
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August 10, 2012 4:33:16 AM

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.
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August 10, 2012 4:35:01 AM

Since I see you have a GTX 670 (Gaming), wouldn't it be best to go with an i5? Or a cheaper E3 Xeon?
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August 10, 2012 4:40:00 AM

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.
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August 10, 2012 2:31:42 PM

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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