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Anthony M.

Anthony M.

Joined on 12/31/10

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Nice CPU if used for the intended workload

Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Haswell-EP 2.4 GHz 8 x 256KB L2 Cache 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 85W BX80644E52630V3 Server Processor
Intel Xeon E5-2630 v3 Haswell-EP 2.4 GHz 8 x 256KB L2 Cache 20MB L3 Cache LGA 2011-3 85W BX80644E52630V3 Server Processor

Pros: Runs cool, mind you I put a Noctua NH-U9DXi4 cooler Good on power consumption Easily handles multiple virtual machines. I run between 3-6 mix of Win2012/10 and Linux variants Converting video in Plex is fast when multi threading kicks in. About 14 min for a 1hour 1080i clip to a playable mp4 high quality clip for Ipad. Compared to 30-40 min on my old AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black.

Cons: More of caveat than a con. I think these have to be used in the right context. Don't expect raw power from these compared to higher clocked CPU. For single threaded use my older 3.4 Ghz quad core AMD Phenom out performed in terms of "perceived" performance. e.g. booting most VM's in KVM was faster or felt snappier. At full bore cores will max out at 2.6 Ghz and only rarely will you see 3.2 from a few cores depending on workload. Lookup intel turbo boost. Maybe water cooling can help but temperature I think only plays a small role. So generally a higher clocked CPU will outperform single tasking operations. Arch Linux is running great serving up to 6 VM's with loads of background services. However if I were to start over I'd go for a higher clocked 6 core Xeon for more punch with the day to day stuff.

Overall Review: As already mentioned in another review DD4 speed capped at 1866 If, like me, this is your first Xeon CPU you might be better served by something like a Intel Xeon E5-1650 v3 unless you really know you need 8 cores and this is your price limit. Although a great CPU I think these ones excel in multi threaded environments and are primarily designed for multi socket. Which I guess should be obvious given the E5-2* designation which at the time I was searching I didn't realize.

A tad loud for an HTPC setup

ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card TURBO-GTX1070-8G
ASUS Turbo GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 SLI Support Video Card TURBO-GTX1070-8G

Pros: Price for decent performance

Cons: Blower style fan too noisy on idle for HTPC setup. Not exactly loud per se, more the pitch is kind of a constant rattle like sound. The only thing that saves it for me is putting it in a TV cabinet. Then it's virtually inaudible. Unfortunately you can't go lower than 24% speed ~1400 rpm. At around 65% the cabinet doesn't help anymore. Of course for HTPC use it should never need to go that high and if you're gaming with a headset you won't hear it.

Overall Review: This is my first blower style card and I only opted for it because of recommendations for Mini-ITX builds that don't have adequate cooling on the case.