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So I am looking to go into the store to grab a processor for a side build, looking to build a compact/quiet always-on home computer to use as a media base for my apple tvs, and to do a lot of torrenting with. It will be accessed almost exclusively with either logmein or team viewer, and run OSX (mackintosh/custumac).

I was looking online and it really isn't that more expensive to run a zeon processor. I already have an 1155 mobo that I was going to use for the E3 zeon. Does anyone have any recommendations or downfalls of using this processor. Or any insight? I am not very familiar with this series at all.

Thanks.
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So I am looking to go into the store to grab a processor for a side build, looking to build a compact/quiet always-on home computer to use as a media base for my apple tvs, and to do a lot of torrenting with. It will be accessed almost exclusively with either logmein or team viewer, and run OSX (mackintosh/custumac).

I was looking online and it really isn't that more expensive to run a zeon processor. I already have an 1155 mobo that I was going to use for the E3 zeon. Does anyone have any recommendations or downfalls of using this processor. Or any insight? I am not very familiar with this series at all.

Thanks.

Unless you're going to do some heavy server work, a Xeon's a bit overkill. An i3 or A8/A10 will be more than sufficient for torrents and media streaming. They'll use less power and will run cooler.
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Unless you're going to do some heavy server work, a Xeon's a bit overkill. An i3 or A8/A10 will be more than sufficient for torrents and media streaming. They'll use less power and will run cooler.


What happens when the price of the two is the same at this moment. i3 and xeon. The zeon is on sale at a local store. Is there a real downside to running it other than the heat? I have an extra antic 620 laying around i can always use to cut a little heat.
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What happens when the price of the two is the same at this moment. i3 and xeon. The zeon is on sale at a local store. Is there a real downside to running it other than the heat? I have an extra antic 620 laying around i can always use to cut a little heat.

If the price is the same, and you don't mind the extra power consumption/heat, then might as well go for the Xeon. smile.gif
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It's Xeon.

What CPUs are you looking at? A Xeon is just a binned CPU with some non-consumer features that are not locked. In most cases, the silicon is virtually identical to Core/Pentium/Celeron.
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It's Xeon.
What CPUs are you looking at? A Xeon is just a binned CPU with some non-consumer features that are not locked. In most cases, the silicon is virtually identical to Core/Pentium/Celeron.


I am trying to compare the ivy bridge i3-3570 I believe, and the E3 1155 socket Xeon. They are the same price right now at a local store. What do I gain if anything by grabbing the Xeon. I am going to run a hackintosh home server with it, and other than the Mac pros featured it that's the only time I've heard much about them.
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There are different models of the Xeon E3, some are Dual core, most are Quad core. I say get the Xeon, it will produce more heat and consume more power, but will be faster than an i3.
But the exact Xeon and i3 model would be better because there are many CPUs in both the i3 and Xeon E3 line.

There is no i3-3570, but there is a i5 3570.
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I am trying to compare the ivy bridge i3-3570 I believe, and the E3 1155 socket Xeon. They are the same price right now at a local store. What do I gain if anything by grabbing the Xeon. I am going to run a hackintosh home server with it, and other than the Mac pros featured it that's the only time I've heard much about them.


There is no i3-3570... do you mean i5-3570?
3.4GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo
HD 4000 650MHz, 1150MHz Turbo
6MB L3 Cache
77w TDP


Which Xeon exactly?

Note that many IVB E3 do not have an iGPU.

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There are different models of the Xeon E3, some are Dual core, most are Quad core. I say get the Xeon, it will produce more heat and consume more power, but will be faster than an i3.
But the exact Xeon and i3 model would be better because there are many CPUs in both the i3 and Xeon E3 line.

There is no i3-3570, but there is a i5 3570.
A Xeon will not generate more heat or consume more power inherently... nor will it be necessarily faster than an i3.
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A Xeon will not generate more heat or consume more power inherently... nor will it be necessarily faster than an i3.

Almost all the Xeon E3 processors have a higher TDP than the i3 CPUs. So would they not generate more heat?

And looking at the Xeon E3 product line I saw that 50% of them were quad core CPUs, which to my knowledge should be faster than any i3(all are dual cores)

Of course this all depends on what model Xeon E3 he is talking about, so that is why I asked him for the exact model Xeon he is looking at.
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Note that many IVB E3 do not have an iGPU.
A Xeon will not generate more heat or consume more power inherently... nor will it be necessarily faster than an i3.

This is the basis for my recommendation of the i3. There's little point to adding a discrete video card to a home server (in my opinion), therefore, it'd save power overall.
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