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The E3-1230 V2 is physically the same chip as an Ivy bridge i7.
The E3-1230 V3 is physically the same chip as a Haswell i7.

In each case, the chip comes off the assembly line as a "blank slate" so to speak, and depending on binning and demand, either gets flashed as a consumer i7 or a workstation E3. Look at motherboard CPU support lists and you'll see that almost every 1155 and 1150 socket board out there supports the full line of E3 class chips within the socket's family.

The E3 chips are "marketed" at workstation/server applications. The E3 versions ending in "0" have the iGPU disabled (5=enabled), and all E3 chips support for things like ECC RAM and "intel trusted execution" and all of the specialized instruction stuff enabled for servers/workstations. The differences in which functions of the chip are "active" is a non issue for your application. All you need to understand about those E3 chips, is that they are, equal in performance to an i7 of the same clock speed and family for most applications.

When looking at benchmarks, an E3-1230 XX (and higher E3) will perform exactly the same as an i7 of equal family and clock speed.
An E3 1220 XX (and 1225) will performance exactly the same as an i5 of equal family and clock speed.

The 1230 series usually represents a value buy-in point where you can take like a 3% hit on clock speed but pay as much as $100 less than the equivalent i7.

Amazing information, thank you!