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i5 vs i7 vs xeon? help me select

webazoid 481 160 November 14, 2015 at 01:20 PM
I'm planning to get lenovo thinkstation P300 SFF for office.

i5 4590 vs Xeon E3-1231 v3 vs i7.

From price/performance ratio, what is best bang for buck?

Intel Core i3-4350 Processor (4MB Cache, 3.6GHz)

Intel Core i3-4360 Processor (4MB Cache, 3.7GHz)
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Intel Core i3-4370 Processor (4MB Cache, 3.8GHz)
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Intel Core i5-4460 Processor (6MB Cache, up tp 3.40GHz)
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Intel Core i5-4590 Processor (6MB Cache, up tp 3.70GHz)
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Intel Core i5-4690 Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.90GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1226 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.30GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1231 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.40GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1241 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.50GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1246 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.50GHz)
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Intel Core i7-4790 Processor (8MB Cache, up tp 4.0GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1271 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.60GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1276 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.60GHz)
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Intel Xeon E3-1281 v3 Processor (8MB Cache, 3.70GHz)
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I will be using a dual 24" dell monitor setup with DVI or DP.

I think I will have to get another graphics card:


None
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NVIDIA NVS 310 512MB
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NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual Display Port Dongle
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NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual DVI (single link) Dongle

NVIDIA Quadro K420 1GB (DVI+DP)
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NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB (DVI+DP)
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NVIDIA NVS510 (mini DPx4) - 2GB
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NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB (mini DisplayPort x 4)
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I think I will get Xeon E3-1231 v3 and then I need to pick out graphcis card. Is NVS315 better than HD4600 that is on the i5?
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Add the video card your self, dells prices are not worth it. since you did not say what the pc will be used for it makes it hard to recommend a CPU so I say the E3-1281.
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Quote from webazoid View Post :
I think I will get Xeon E3-1231 v3 and then I need to pick out graphcis card. Is NVS315 better than HD4600 that is on the i5?
the 315 is a joke..its benchmarks at less than half the 4600..just use the integrated graphics, its more than enough for office use.
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Quote from fenderman View Post :
the 315 is a joke..its benchmarks at less than half the 4600..just use the integrated graphics, its more than enough for office use.
does 4600 come with dual monitor support? how many dP or dvi is in the back?

i was going to get the E3-1231 v3 and a graphics card:

[subtract $99.00]
NVIDIA NVS 310 512MB
[subtract $10.00]
NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual Display Port Dongle
[$0.00]
NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual DVI (single link) Dongle

NVIDIA Quadro K420 1GB (DVI+DP)
[add $41.00]
NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB (DVI+DP)
[add $141.00]
NVIDIA NVS510 (mini DPx4) - 2GB
[add $300.00]
NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB (mini DisplayPort x 4)
[add $321.00]
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Last edited by webazoid November 14, 2015 at 10:31 PM
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Xenon are generally a server class processor but can also be used for very high end workstations think cad. Are you running a server? Probably not so I would go I series. Xenon almost always cost more, have restrictions on the ram you can use etc. i Series is almost always a better bang for the buck.
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Quote from webazoid View Post :
does 4600 come with dual monitor support? how many dP or dvi is in the back?

i was going to get the E3-1231 v3 and a graphics card:

[subtract $99.00]
NVIDIA NVS 310 512MB
[subtract $10.00]
NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual Display Port Dongle
[$0.00]
NVIDIA NVS315 (DMS-59) - 1GB (ATX) with DMS-59 to Dual DVI (single link) Dongle

NVIDIA Quadro K420 1GB (DVI+DP)
[add $41.00]
NVIDIA Quadro K620 2GB (DVI+DP)
[add $141.00]
NVIDIA NVS510 (mini DPx4) - 2GB
[add $300.00]
NVIDIA Quadro K1200 4GB (mini DisplayPort x 4)
[add $321.00]
It should have dual display port out..double check the specs...you can then use a displayport to dvi cable to your monitor. No need for a card.
most midrange business pcs are doing that now. Dell 7020/9020 optiplex and hp elitedesks....
Also note that dell has released their new line optiplex 5040 and 7040 with skylake.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Xenon are generally a server class processor but can also be used for very high end workstations think cad. Are you running a server? Probably not so I would go I series. Xenon almost always cost more, have restrictions on the ram you can use etc. i Series is almost always a better bang for the buck.

Ditto. For most people a decent i5 at the office is more than sufficient. Now if you are a DBA or IT Developer or Graphic Artist or analyst doing some heavy computational work, then I would go with an i7. Xenon would be overkill as anything requiring more fire power than an i7 is usually best left for a development or test server and not something that should be done on a personal workstation.

As for the graphics, most business uses (unless you are indeed a graphic artist) will be OK with the integrated graphics as one is not playing games or editing videos on them.
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