Intel Xeon E5-2430V2 CPU (2.5GHz, 6 Core, 12 Threads, 15MB Cache, LGA1356 Socket, Box) - £178.94 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Intel Xeon E5-2430V2 CPU (2.5GHz, 6 Core, 12 Threads, 15MB Cache, LGA1356 Socket, Box) - £178.94 @ Amazon

£178.94 @ Amazon
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#1
i use a xeon for gaming pc. saw a website called how to build a gaming pc for 100 dollars and recommended buying old servers. have used a dell t7500 with e5620 and it is just as good as my i5 3570
#2
Stupidly cheap price for a E5 Xeon.
#3
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?
#4
somebody beat me to the last one, grrr you'll know who you are !!
I was about to buy that for listing on ebay.

well spotted Boringest !
#5
steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?
you're asking in the wrong place.
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steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?
server cpus are more for heavy workloads hence the no oc headroom. stability is key when running a load of vms/ heavy applications. Arma is notorious for single thread performance. this CPU would be over kill for that. But in a encoder/ movie editing or applications that use as many threads it can get its hands on this would suit.
#7
price is wrong! showing as £399 and its only been 24 minutes since the deal was posted.

COLD from me
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Dan__
price is wrong! showing as £399 and its only been 24 minutes since the deal was posted.
COLD from me
a sad childhood personified
1 Like #9
I use the older x5660, great all rounder and amazing clocker. Perfect in games too.
#10
Dan__
price is wrong! showing as £399 and its only been 24 minutes since the deal was posted.
COLD from me
there was only one left in the listing
#11
steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?

Short answer is no. I have a friend who recent went from a Xeon 1230v3 to a 4790K, paired with a 1070, he got a massive increase in FPS across all games. They are probably on a par with an i5 in gaming.
#12
I didn't manage to get it either...was browsing around for motherboard and came back to it being out of stock.
#13
Danze1984
steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?
Short answer is no. I have a friend who recent went from a Xeon 1230v3 to a 4790K, paired with a 1070, he got a massive increase in FPS across all games. They are probably on a par with an i5 in gaming.
This would have been exactly what I expected (but only by hypothesis, not actual experience I hasten to add)
Thanks

Great price for what it is though.
#14
steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?

Got a pair of E5 2670s here, I'm not sure about low clockspeed impairing performance as I don't have a comparison machine but certainly I've seen at most 16% CPU usage with GTA 5 as it can't make use of all the cores. 100% when running a couple of video encodes simultaneously though so worth it for my needs.
#15
CampGareth
steveex
I am not a hardcore geek, but have a reasonable understanding of such things. Can a CPU like this really be as good for gaming? With a game like Arma3, that is heavily CPU intensive, will the low clock cycles of this Xeon not impair performance given that nowhere near 12 cores will ever be used in this application?
Got a pair of E5 2670s here, I'm not sure about low clockspeed impairing performance as I don't have a comparison machine but certainly I've seen at most 16% CPU usage with GTA 5 as it can't make use of all the cores. 100% when running a couple of video encodes simultaneously though so worth it for my needs.
All i really know is that my boy is running his CPU at more or less twice the frequency of the clocks here, and on games that are hugely CPU dependent (there are a few, but Arma is a particularly good example) his frame-rate is pretty much dependent on those CPU cycles, the GPU having (to me) a surprisingly low impact. That of course doesn't dismiss that this CPU wouldn't be suitable for gaming per se, but perhaps not for all games? Again, it was more thinking aloud in response to the OP than any sort of challenge.
#16
This particular Xeon is no good for gaming, as has already been said, it's clock is too slow really and is a few gens behind the latest chips (it's 3ghz turbo and is Ivy Bridge). But a lot of Xeons can be comparable to i5s and i7s that are not overclocked. The E3 Xeons are i5s and i7s but with locked multipliers and ECC support. the E5-1600 Xeons are what the 6 core and up i7s are based on, and SOME of these are unlocked. I run a 1650 v3 with a 1080 and it runs everything well (as it should), when I get round to buying an x99 motherboard I will OC it but it is fine for now.

But (and I aren't suggesting anyone on here is guilty of this but have seen this elsewhere) you cannot just say 'xeon is for server not designed for gaming so rubbish for gaming' as that is not true.

On the other hand the only time I would buy a Xeon for gaming is if you needed a Xeon specific feature for something non gaming related, or if it was very good value for money which was the case with the PC I have.

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