Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 Review

ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V5 Review

Hardware

The Xeon, despite being a LGA1151 processor, requires a chipset of its own, the C232, and so we've borrowed an ASUS E3 Pro Gaming V5 motherboard for todays review.

If we had to take a guess we'd assume that ASUS know this is very much a niche product. The E3 Pro Gaming V5 is extremely affordable and, sadly, looks it. We can't remember the last time we saw an ASUS motherboard that was so lacking in aesthetic appeal. If it had someone elses badge on it we wouldn't be quite so surprised. Certainly ASUS have done as much as they can with the features, given the limitation of the C232 chipset, and the E3 Pro Gaming V5 comes with their Supreme FX audio, Sonic Radar II, Gamer Guardian technology and USB 3.1 connectivity. Because the Xeon E3-1230 V5 hasn't got any onboard graphics there are no display outputs, which leaves the IO section looking like an old X58 offering.

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BIOS

Without the ability to overclock the BIOS is stripped of nearly everything you've come to expect in an ASUS BIOS. It still is supremely easy to navigate and looks wonderful, but with so little to adjust it's not somewhere that you're going to be spending hours of your life.

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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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