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i7 vs Xeon

sirlazuras
  • 65 months ago

Hi all, I was wondering which processor would be best for running VMs. I know the i7 has Hyperthreading, but the Xeon has more punch because it lacks the integrated GPU. Basically I'm looking at the i7 4790k right now, but If I have a GTX 980 then I don't need the integrated graphics, and I'd rather be able to chew through processes

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  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

If you have lots of processes/threads at once for scientific/server/rendering/high performance computing/professional work, then you want the Xeon. If you run VMs for non-professional activities, the i7 is the right choice.

A note on hyperthreading: an extra physical core beats a hyperthreaded core every time, always.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Xeon is a i7 but without the igpu or the overclocking capabilities.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

So if I want to overclock, I should just get the i7?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep. Btw, for VMs, you probably want to look at an upgrade to X99 with the 5820k, it's what I'm going to do.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't even consider it, but it's starting to look like a possibility. Sad that ASUS hasn't made a thermal armor X99 board yet though, that was my main selling point for their Formula board

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd expect a X99 Sabertooth at some point.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

If it is out within the next two months I'll definitely switch component make ups, the speed and future proofing is worth it for the most part

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Overclock- i7

Non-Overclock- Xeon

Overall the Xeon is a very powerful processor used in workstations mostly although they can be used in gaming PC's

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

i7 - gaming

xeon - workstation

I hate this question.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Xeon can game pretty fine and just as well stock i7 would and being cheaper at that specially the non iGP versions. I think this was answered bilion times Linus even made a video about it.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

mhm

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry guys, I did numerous google searches, but anything I came up with wasn't really relevant. I probably wasn't searching the right keywords though

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

also depends if you want hardware pass through to vms. most (not sure if all)xeons have better vm support. also, you can get xeons with igpu e3-1245v2 has it. pretty much if a xeon model #is e#-###5 it has igpu.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Alot of games won't be able to use all those cores. You're better with a high clock speed rather than more cores. Most games only use 4, very few are able to use more. :) 4790k is the best for just gaming.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Same question is asked in VMWare community also so, refer the below link

https://communities.vmware.com/message/1902515

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