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Intel Xeon E3-1231V3 Haswell 3.4GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1150 80W Server Processor BX80646E31231V3

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The Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3 product family-based entry servers are small business servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v3 product family that delivers outstanding performance at a great value, enabling small businesses to manage their IT investments smarter.

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  • Kenneth S.
  • 2/4/2015 8:35:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat budget i7.

Pros: I've loved this processor from day one. Amazing performance for lower price.

Plays all my games without any hiccups. Some I've played on this include: AC unity, BF4, call of duty AW, and Final Fantasy XIV.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: This processor outperformed my expectations.

My Setup:
Msi gaming 3 Motherboard
Xeon e3-1231v3
Cooler master EVO 212 heatsink
G-skill Trident-X DDr3 2400 - 4x 4gb
Evga Gtx 970 SC 4gb
Samsung 850 pro - 240 gb ssd
Kingston v300 - 120 gb ssd
500 gb Seagate hdd
Corsair cx750m psu
Cooler Master HAF 912 case

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  • Sou L.
  • 2/1/2015 3:22:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsMore people should consider these for gaming+multipurpose rigs

Pros: 1. Runs cool (never went above 51°C) even with the stock Intel heat sink when gaming; however I used Arctic Silver 5 instead of the pre-applied thermal paste Intel uses, and I never did a Prime95 stress test. But I have heard of these things hitting 80°C (apparently 80°C is not harmful to the CPU) easily w/Intel stock heat sinks on Prime95.

2. Low wattage and lower heat output. It's meant to be on 24/7. Heck of a lot better than my 125W Phenom II X4 965BE. The Phenom never got over 65°C, but it needed a better heat sink and fan to even stay at that temperature because it outputted more heat.

2. The time it takes to compress/decompress a zip file using 7-Zip significantly decreased. It's insanely fast when using HT to compress or decompress zip files. I was able to compress 6GB of data into 1GB (your millage may very depending on the type of data) in under 3 minutes. My old AMD processor use to take anywhere from 15-20 minutes to do that.

3. Entry level i7 (aka Hyper Threading) performance for a bit more than i5 price, and because I will never get to overclock the Xeon E3-1231v3 I don't have to spend extra on high-end motherboards or cooling solutions. I'm running this on a budget H81 board and it's doing fine.

4. NO MORE GAME BOTTLENECKS! Well for the most part at least. All my games except Battlefield 4 runs smoothly with the processor, and the processor does not bottleneck the GPU even at 1440p resolutions with the settings cranked to maximum or near maximum.

Cons: 1. I'm not sure if it's just the server I play on or it's normal with BF4, but even with this cpu BF4 spikes constantly. The spikes cause micro-stutters at 1080p, but they are honestly negligible; however they still exist and if you really pay attention close enough you can notice the spikes causing minor fps dips. I still get ~60+fps average on 1080p with the Ultra preset. At 1440p the spikes becomes more noticeable, and I don't have a 4K monitor but I can only imagine what the spikes would look like with a 4K monitor.

Still the Xeon E3-1231 is way better than what I had before, which was an AMD Phenom II X4 965BE (my spikes were atrocious with that thing unless I set a 45fps cap), and the processor runs every other game I have flawlessly, but so did the Phenom.

Other Thoughts: 1. You can't OC the CPU. If you wanna OC the cpu get an i5-4690k instead. I've read an OC i5-4690K @4.5+GHz will perform the same, if not better than the Xeon E3-1231 w/HT enabled on multi-threaded applications, but do know you will need to buy higher end motherboards and an aftermarket heat sink/cooler. I think i5-4690Ks OC to 4.5GHz rather well with aftermarket parts and a high end motherboard.

2. Honestly, HT does little to benefit gaming if that is all you care about. You'd be much better getting an i5 if all you care about is gaming. I use the Xeon for CPU video encoding and solid works in addition to gaming so I need all the benefits I can.

3. Lower single core performance than an i5-4690k by about 3%. Not noticeable in real-world performance but it's still there. If you can get the E3-1241v3 then you'll get slightly better single core performance compared to the i5-4690k.

4. It has no iGPU, but that is not a problem for me because I prefer having a dGPU, and I have two spare dGPUs around in the event my main dGPU fails.

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  • Patricia L.
  • 1/27/2015 3:32:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMore people should consider these as gaming processors

Pros: 1. This is a great quadcore CPU with hyperthreading and a generous 8MB L3 cache. Very nice clockspeed for a locked processor too at 3.6GHz turbo with all cores loaded and 3.8GHz single core turbo.

2. In benchmarks this CPU has just a hair lower performance than an i7-4770. But I think it's a better value than the corresponding i7 if the lack of integrated graphics doesn't matter to you.

3. Games run incredibly on this CPU. If I turn off VSync this CPU keeps my GTX 970 pinned at 95%-100% GPU usage. It's a beautiful thing to have a CPU/GPU combo that allows me to run a locked 60FPS ultra on everything at 1080p.

4. My Xeon runs at a quite low voltage, even lower than what my Pentium G3258 ran at stock, and that was a sample that overclocked very well on the stock cooler. And with that my Xeon runs very cool on the stock cooler. The ambient temperature in my house is 75F, and this thing maxed out at 50 degrees C on a couple of cores (the other two were in the high 40s) in a long gaming session. When running Prime95 Small FFT it cracked 80C every once in a while, but mostly ran in the mid to high 70s. This is a lot more than I expected, as I have heard horror stories of Haswell quadcores (with AVX) getting up to 100C running Prime95 SmallFFT. Needless to say I'm very impressed by the temperatures on the stock cooler, and have no need to buy an aftermarket cooler. To me that's a huge plus to get i7 level performance on the stock cooler at very nice temperatures. Very budget friendly.

Cons: The only real con I could come up with is the lack of Intel QuickSync since this chip has no integrated graphics. So if you're someone who streams an i5 or an i7 will be a better choice for the Intel QuickSync video encoding.

Other Thoughts: I seem to have done very well in the silicon lottery with CPUs I have bought from newegg. My Pentium G3258 was capable of some pretty serious overclocks on the stock cooler, and now my Xeon E3 1231v3 seems to be a very good binned chip based on the temperatures and voltages it runs at. After running this chip through stress tests and gaming tests today after getting it, I think I got a great deal and can highly recommend this chip for gaming.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 1/6/2015 10:04:57 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat CPU

Pros: * 4 Cores, 8 threads of Haswell speed (close match to an i7-4770)
* Stock cooler is adequate and has a copper core
* VT-D enabled

Cons: * No iGPU (no quick sync)
* Locked multiplier (obvious)
* Stock heatsink has allowed temps as high as 75C

Other Thoughts: I've done my fair share of builds, and I always try to find a good bang for the buck. I almost exclusively did AMD builds up and to a MAME machine I did which I needed less threads and higher IPC, so I did a dual core Intel Pentium G3220. I was amazed by that CPU, so I gave up on AMD (at least until they can release something semi-competitive to the IPC of the Sandy Bridge + core architecture). I also had a hard time not having 8 threads, since this is replacing a sandy bridge laptop with an i7. I got used to having 8 CPU graphs :-), so no i5 for me.

This CPU, as noted is basically an i7-4770 with a slightly lower turbo (3.8 rather than 3.9 GHz). Sure, I could have gone with a 4GHz i7, but the lower TDP, combined with a much lower price (about $60 less) make this a great CPU for the price. Don't get this CPU if you want to use 'on-board' graphics, as for Intel boards it uses the iGPU, which this CPU does not include. But for the gamer who doesn't care about overclocking this is a great value.

I'm using the stock cooler, which during winter months with lower ambient temps may be fine. Time will tell when ambient temps go up whether or not I will swap it out to something more potent.

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  • Carl J.
  • 12/28/2014 5:08:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInstead of i7

Pros: Perfect for gamer and renderer

Cons: Doesn't overclock (trivial)

Other Thoughts: As a gamer I wouldn't use the intel HD4600 graphics on the i-series chips, and I don't really benefit from overclocking, so I decided not to pay for those things. This E3 works as hard as an i7 at 3.4GHz for less cash, about the same as an i5, and without the features I won't use anyway. And it's low TDP too? How perfect can it get?

It runs on an H97 chipset mobo.

Xeon E3 1231 v3 3.4GHz
16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM 1600
Gigabyte GA-H97N-WIFI MB
240GB PNY Optima SSD
Corsair CS450M 450W 80-PLus Gold PSU
DIYPC HTPC-Cube Mini-ITX case

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  • Yuriy K.
  • 11/20/2014 9:25:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA solid performer

Pros: 1. Low power consumption, acceptable temperatures with an aftermarket cooler, even under load.
2. Incredible value, performance of a higher end i7 at i5 prices (4 Cores plus Hyperthreading)
3. Omission of integrated graphics lowers the cost.
4. Compatible with consumer grade motherboards, does not require ECC ram modules.
5. Socket design allows a WIDE variety of aftermarket coolers to be installed. (I installed an ancient socket 1156 cooler from 2009, it fit like a glove).
6. Very stable, at least in my configuration.

Cons: 1. Stock cooler is pretty worthless.
2. CPU is not meant to be overclocked.

Other Thoughts: This CPU is a budget powerhouse!
I am very happy with the performance and the price!

Here's my current setup for compatibility reference.

CPU - Intel Xeon E3-1231v3
Motherboard - Gigabyte G.1 Sniper H6
RAM - 12GB (2x2GB 2x4GB) G.Skill PC3 - 19200
Video Card - NVidia eVGAGeForce 660 Ti
SSD - Intel 320 Series SSD - 160GB
PSU - SeaSonic SSR-650RM
Running Windows 8.1 Pro - 64bit.

PC is being used for moderate gaming, video editing and encoding. It performs flawlessly and is very stable.

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  • Jinyong U.
  • 9/22/2014 4:05:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWroks great. Low temporature

Pros: 1231v3 is the most price efficient choice along with 4690K.
Quad core
Can run any single core game smoothly
Hyper threading

Cons: Cannot overclock
Lower clock than 4690k

Other Thoughts: If you are going to play Battlefield 4 (multi-core games) edit videos or encode the large sized fiels, and do lots of multi-taskings.
Xeon is the best option.
However, Xeon cannot overclock.
So if you want to overclock and take the advantage of higher amounts of clock, Go for 4690k.
1231v3 - future multicore based program
4690k - single core based program

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  • Jeffrey R.
  • 8/20/2014 7:20:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper Good CPU

Pros: Runs cool with a good cooler and super fast. Good value.

Cons: n/a

Other Thoughts: I have mine in a Gigabyte H97M-D3H and it is running great! This CPU is fast and costs less than a full fledged i7 yet performs just as good or maybe better in some cases. I chose this over an i5 and am glad I did. I have an Arctic Cooling 7 Pro Rev. 2 on it with the pre-applied thermal paste and that's all it takes!

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  • Sam D.
  • 8/16/2014 5:33:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPerfect except for heat

Pros: 1. Fast
2. Intel
3. No pins like AMD, they are on the motherboard instead
4. Looks awesome
5. Part of the refresh line-up, a modern CPU for sure

Cons: 1. Runs hot, even with after market cooling.
2.Must undervolt to properly get temperatures under control.

Other Thoughts: I used to have a 3770k that ran at 1.250 vcore at 80c full load using Prime95 (delidded of course) with an NH-D14. Guess what this thing can do? Using the Hyper Evo 212 and 140mm fan it runs with an offset of - 0.075 and reaches temps of 82c full load! That makes the final vcore on full load 1.053-1.058! At vcore 1.140 it was going over 90c easily even with an H100! You can see now the Haswell line-up is clearly inferior because of the thermal paste and voltage regulator causing absurd temps. Now I did use CPU-Z to check the wattage and these are temps achieved in boost mode with all cores in sync running at 3.8ghz with a wattage of 110 according to CPU-Z. This thing is rated for 80 watts and at that level it would be around 70C I am pretty sure, but it looks like they don't take into account the boost mode when rating it's wattage which is the problem here. I will be very careful buying any CPUs in the future because the use of thermal paste here is ruining Intel's thermals.

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  • Wen W.
  • 7/27/2014 9:01:04 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIntel E3-1231 V3

Pros: i7 at the price of a i5 w/o a graphics processor.

Cons: None

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