Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 Review

Introduction

The Intel Xeon range of processors are the type which cause any of us with a desire for the most CPU performance available to have a little pang of desire in our stomachs. Then we remember how eye-wateringly expensive they are and move back to the more affordable world of the regular Core ix series. It isn't only the price which has kept the Xeon away from mass adoption either. Because it's all about raw CPU horsepower they tend to require esoteric motherboards, have little support for blazing fast memory, and are hardly the best basis for a gaming rig either.

So why are we reviewing one today?

When we first heard about the Xeon E3-1230 V5 it seemed like it was too good to be true. A CPU which promised the hyper-threading goodness of a Core i7, but at the price point of a Core i5. An affordable Xeon? An affordable Xeon which could undercut Intels own top Skylake model?

As always the reality isn't quite as cut and dried, as we'll see over the next few pages.

Technical Specifications

The specifications of the E3-1230 V5 read just like a Core i7-6700K. 3.4GHz Quad Core with Hyperthreading. Turbo up to 3.8GHz. Supporting 64GB of DDR4, although only in two channels, and the speed tops out at 2133MHz. So memory bandwidth isn't a patch on the i7 and the Xeon isn't capable of being overclocked. Suddenly the reason how Intel can undercut their Core i7-6700K becomes clearer.

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21-03-2016, 07:49:51

WYP
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
All the performance of an Intel Core i7-6700K for the price of a i5-6600K. Too good to be true?
I'm looking forward to reading this.

http://www.quickmeme.com/img/7f/7fa6...56cfd02d12.jpgQuote

21-03-2016, 09:35:53

Fetchez La Vache
As a 3D designer who also has a Xeon E3 1230v3 on a Z87 board I'm a bit "meh" about it due to the chipset limitations. At least with the older Xeon setups Z87/97 there was an upgrade path to an unlocked 4770/4790K if you couldnt afford them to begin with but wanted the extra threads. Now you'll have to buy a new mobo as well.

Also a £50 price increase from the previous generation (i paid £180 of my 1230v3), really Intel?

With the frankly silly prices of Skylake the 5820K still looks to be the chip of choice for me in terms of productivity gains for the extra price, pluss the benefits of X99.Quote

21-03-2016, 10:34:37

Wraith
Did Intel fall asleep at some point? The purpose of this CPU has been lost somewhere... Price, Speed, Cores, Threads, Chipset requirements...

I'm confused? Just who is this aimed at? I think Intel need to reevaluate their logic gates Xeons used to be a nice alternative to i5 or i7 but the E3-1230V5 seems to live in a world of its own. It's a Limbo CPU.Quote

21-03-2016, 10:58:18

Fetchez La Vache
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wraith View Post
Did Intel fall asleep at some point? The purpose of this CPU has been lost somewhere... Price, Speed, Cores, Threads, Chipset requirements...

I'm confused? Just who is this aimed at? I think Intel need to reevaluate their logic gates Xeons used to be a nice alternative to i5 or i7 but the E3-1230V5 seems to live in a world of its own. It's a Limbo CPU.
The cynic in me would suggest they are purposefully making it a bit unatractive to people who want threads on a budget by steering them in the direction of a 6700 non K - cheaper than the K but not as much as the Xeon ? I wonder if they were worried the previous gen was canabalising sales of the non K chips?Quote

21-03-2016, 11:22:38

WYP
Intel it seems simply wanted to take away the cheap Xeon from budget/consumer oriented CPU chipsets, so they created the C326 (or whatever it is called) chipset.

This move from Intel mean that consumers will need to buy a Server grade motherboard with these CPUs, making the CPUs much less attractive purchases.

If you could use these Xeon CPUs with a lower price motherboards they might be an attractive option, but right now I can easily buy Z170 boards for under £100 or less if I go for a non-overclocking socket.Quote
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