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Xeon E3-1230 V2 really = an I7 3770 for cheaper?

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Someone on another forums basically told me this CPU was basically an I7 for I5 price?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-117-286&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&Pagesize=10&PurchaseMark=&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&VendorMark=&IsFeedbackTab=true&Page=3#scrollFullInfo

Were they trolling or are they serious? If so, why aren't more people using these?

How overclockable are these? I've heard of people OCing non K chips 500mhz past turbo, would that also apply to this Xeon?
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Pretty sure it is an I7 that you cannot overclock. That being the major reason a lot of people don't buy them.

edit: thought looking around I did see some people saying that it might be possible with the right mobo to get it to stay constantly at its turbo speed.
Edited by avw616 - 2/21/13 at 12:45am
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Pretty sure it is an I7 that you cannot overclock. That being the major reason a lot of people don't buy them.

I guess a decently OC'd I5 still beats this?
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Good question, I would say that it depends on if what you are doing utilizes multithreading. the xeon will have 8 threads. My assumption is for gaming you'd be fine with an OC i5. If you want multithreading and know you will be using a dedicated GPU then its actually not a bad deal to go for the xeon.
Just my opinion though. I'm sure someone else could be more specific.
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One thing to note is that the E3-12x0 models don't have integrated graphics, and thus lack Quick Sync video transcoding acceleration. If you want integrated graphics + hyperthreading in a Xeon CPU, the least-expensive model is the E3-1245v2, which is almost identical in price to the i7-3770 (non-K version).
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