Buyer’s Guide: Intel Xeon VS i7 Comparison Review

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Some customers who purchase a computer don’t really care what kind of processor their machine uses. As long as their computer is fast, efficient, and fulfills their needs, these customers are satisfied.

Yet, some customers want to build a custom high-end personal computer.

These users want to control every part of the machine’s construction, which ultimately means hand-selecting the processor that it uses. Some people are interested in custom building not only a personal computer but a network of computers.

In this article, we discuss two popular processors that are used when building many high-end computers, specifically Intel’s Xeon processor and i7 processor.

After giving an overview of each processor as well as highlighting the pros and cons of each, we offer some general tips for purchasing a processor.

Finally, we conclude with our thoughts concerning the future of computer processors.

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An Overview – Xeon VS i7

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Intel’s i7 processor is referred to as one of its core processors. Other core processors include the Intel i3 processor and Intel i5 processor. These are considered mid to high-end CPU’s that are usually marketed towards consumers. The Intel i7 processor was first introduced in 2008.


Intel’s Xeon processor, on the other hand, is marketed towards non-consumers and is traditionally used when building servers and larger workstations. It was first released in 1998, though it has experienced many developments since then.

The Benefits – Xeon VS i7

One of the main benefits of Intel’s i7 processor is that it supports overclocking. This means that you can run your processor at a faster speed than was initially intended for it out of the box.

For example, the i7 6700k processor has a clock rote of 4 Ghz, yet users can set this as high as they want.

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  • It is lga 1151. 6th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors
  • Unlocked processor. Ddr4 & ddr3l support
  • Display resolution up to 4096×2304

Ultimately, anyone that is using a computer for CPU-intensive tasks like 3D rendering, video encoding or gaming will benefit from this overclocking feature.

Xeon CPU’s, on the other hand, cannot be overclocked.

Their primary benefit is that they can use almost 12 times as much memory as i7 processors. The max memory that can be used on the i7 processor is 64GB while the max memory that can be used on the Xeon processor is 768GB.

This is because Xeon processors support ECC (error correction code) memory. ECC memory is very common in systems with high-value data because it automatically deletes and corrects memory errors.

In general, EEC RAM is considered more stable than using traditional RAM.

Intel’s i7 processors typically don’t support EEC memory, which makes them not ideal when dealing with large amounts of sensitive information.

Examining The Cost In Greater Depth

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i7 processors are generally cheaper than Xeon processors.

Yet, this is only true when considering the initial cost of purchasing these processors.

Over time, it might be the case that Xeon processors save you more money. This is because Xeon processors allow for a higher and lower core count potential.

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  • Xeon E3-1230 v6 is a 64-bit quad-core x86 workstation/entry server microprocessor introduced by Intel in early 2017.
  • This chip, which is based on the Kaby Lake microarchitecture, is fabricated on Intel’s 14nm+ process.
  • The E3-1230 v6 operates at 3.5 GHz with a TDP of 72 W supporting a Turbo Boost frequency of 3.9 GHz.

This means that you can choose the precise core count and frequency that is best suited for your application.

This is important because computers often experience compromised lifespans when the core count and frequency of the processor is either higher or lower than what is ideal.

This puts unnecessary strains on your CPU and degrades it over time. This could result in significant repair costs or having to purchase accessories to ensure that your system is functioning smoothly.

All of this actually adds to the cost of building a computer.

Intel’s Xeon processor doesn’t have these kinds of hidden costs, which makes them ideal for people wanting to control every part of their computer-building process.

Intel’s i7 processor is limited to either 6 or 8 cores and a frequency range of 3-3.5GHz. Intel’s Xeon processor, however, allows you to choose between 4-18 cores and offers a frequency range of 1.6-3.7Ghz. This gives your greater flexibility when assembling the parts for your computer.

The Drawbacks – Xeon VS i7

Most Xeon processors lack an integrated GPU (Graphics Processing Unit), making them unsuitable for most consumer-grade computers.

If you want to display information on a monitor, then a graphics card will need to be purchased or a separate GPU. The costs of these things could add up if you’re building a larger system that requires many monitors.

Intel’s i7 processors, however, usually feature an integrated GPU that makes them ideal for a standard desktop set-up.

However, the i7’s overclocking capability introduces many potentially negative consequences.

For example, when increasing the clock rate of your processor, you will need to compensate by feeding it more voltage. Yet, this means that more heat will be generated, which could reduce the durability of your computer or completely fry it.

In this sense, some users think that the overclocking ability is too tempting of a feature to be properly utilized. Most users that overclock will need to build an effective temperature regulation system that integrates some kind of GPU cooler and fan.

Some users might even benefit from water cooling their computer.

Yet, these precautions might be unfeasible for some users, either due to time investment, level of expertise required, or available funds.  This could lead to them compromising the lifespan of their machine.

Tips For Selecting A Processor

As you can tell, selecting a processor entails mastering lots of technical jargon. Many acronyms are used that can alienate customers.

Yet, more and more customers are wanting to build their own PC from scratch. This is definitely part of the DIY movement, sweeping not only the U.S., but the world.

This is likely due to the internet and all the information that is now available to potential builders.

Thus, we recommend using the internet when researching processors, as this will be empowering. This will allow you to avoid costly mistakes when building your CPU.

Furthermore, the internet will allow you to purchase the exact processor that you want.

Many specialized processors can only be found online. These processors might be perfect for your needs. Make sure to investigate any processor that could be effective in the system you’re building. You don’t want to limit your search to only Intel’s Xeon processor or i7 processor.

For example, many websites offer lists of some of the best processors for gamers. We recommend first determining how you plan on using your computer and then compiling a list of potential processors based on these preferences.

Tips For Dealing With Cost

Additionally, selecting a processor can be stressful because there are so many price points to choose from. For example, some of Intel’s Xeon processors cost less than $$ while others cost almost $$$.

Regardless of what option you go with, buying a processor certainly represents an investment.

We recommend being as patient as possible throughout this process and not impulsively buying a processor.

We also think it’s crucial that you consider the price of the processor as a function of its total lifespan. Many people analyze computer parts so myopically, fixating on a certain price point. This can actually lead to purchasing a less than optimal computer processor simply because it results in some temporary savings.

If you find yourself desiring a particular processor but unable to afford it, we recommend just waiting until you have the proper funds. Even though this might be several months to a year longer than you anticipated, this patience will be worth it when you’re able to enjoy the perfect computer for many years.

The average life of a personal desktop is at least 4-5 years.

If you take care of it and build it specifically to dovetail with your needs, then this time can easily be doubled. Thus, the sacrifice of waiting for the perfect processor is clearly offset by the extra time you gain to enjoy your ideal machine.

Our Final Thoughts – Xeon VS i7

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We think that most people automatically assume that Intel’s Xeon processor is not ideal for consumers, but this is clearly not the case.

After analyzing both the Xeon processor and i7 processor, it’s clear that both CPU’s have benefits and drawbacks when it comes to consumers.

The Xeon processor offers more flexibility when building your machine while the i7 processor offers the ability to overclock.

When it comes to building a larger network or server, we think Intel’s Xeon processor is the better option. This is because it can handle more RAM memory than intel’s i7 processor in addition to offering a wider frequency range.

We think computer processors are only going to become faster and smaller in the future as our technology advances.

Eventually, we predict that computer processors will no longer be located in the hardware of the computer but rather in the hardware of our body. We think future processors will be integrated with our brain, essentially turning man into a machine.

Conversely, this means that machines will become human.

Fortunately, we don’t predict a doomsday scenario like some futuristic films.  Instead, we think machines and humans will merge in a peaceful manner, ushering in a new era of peace, prosperity, and happiness.

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I am the Team Leader here at BurnWorld. I am an audio/video enthusiast and have been in this industry for over 10 years. I love testing DVD/Blu-Ray and Video software.

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