Intel's Xeon W-3175X is a shot across AMD's bow, boasting tons of cores, lots of cache, and high clock rates. It's too bad that a sky-high price tag puts it out of reach for most enthusiasts.
Is there value in a budget gamer workstation? Are Intel's C232 chipset and Xeon part of the answer? We're putting ASRock's E3V5 Performance Gaming/OC motherboard on the test bench in an attempt to find out.
Intel recently launched its Xeon E5-2600 v2 CPU, based on the Ivy Bridge-EP architecture. We got a couple of workstation-specific -2687W v2 processors with eight cores and 25 MB of L3 cache each, and are comparing them to previous-generation -2687Ws.
Intel recently introduced its Xeon E3-1200 v2 CPUs, based on the Ivy Bridge architecture. Though they're very similar to the third-generation desktop Core chips, ECC memory support, four extra PCIe 3.0 lanes, and attractive pricing grab our attention.