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Difference Between Xeon and i7

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Intel Xeon is a multi-core, multi-thread and sixty-four-bit processor, that is Nehalem-based. It is specially designed for server farms and workstations. It has DCM (Data Center Management) software that provides better management for servers and workstations in data centers. Xeon is excellent for servers, especially with its multi-socket and multi-core configurations, that run windows server 2008 as a 64-bit, with lots of memory. Added to this, is it’s ability for power management, which adapts to different server workloads. This is considered to be it’s major difference, when compared to Intel i7.

Intel Core i7 is a sixty-four-bit processor containing mainly four cores. Unlike Xeon, i7 is quite excellent for desktop PCs. It has a high-speed for multi-tasking applications and handles the computing demands of desktops well. It also provides a better virtualization experience with its HD Boost technology. This is why most gamers favor i7 over Xeon. Another reason is that, as of now, games don’t really work with 8-core. Most games still work better with 2-core.

Core i7 is a family of desktop and laptop processors, which succeeds the Intel Core 2 family. The i7 family is composed of codename Bloomfield, released last November, 2008, Lynnfield and Clarksfield, released last September, 2009 and the upcoming Arrandale, which will be released in 2010. All these current models are quad-core processors, except the upcoming ‘Arrandale’, which is said to have a 2-core.

On the other hand, the Xeon processor family is composed of P6 based Xeons, NetBurst based Xeons, Xeon (UP/DP), Dual Core, Pentium M (Yonah) based Xeons, Core based Xeons and Nehalem based Xeons. Previously, Xeon shared it’s name with Pentium II, as they have the same features. Later on, the cache memory of Xeon was increased, making it more convenient for servers. As the years have passed, Xeons have been improved, and new features have been added, producing these different Xeon based processors.

As of now, Xeon processors are more expensive than i7 because of their intended market of business users. The price for Xeon family processors range from $167.00 – $3157.00, while the prices for Core i7 processors range only from $284.00 – $562.00.

Summary:

1. Xeon processors are intended for servers and workstations, while Core i7 processors are for desktop PCs.

2. Core i7 features a better virtualization and digital media experience, which supports photo creation and publishing, video encoding and more complex games.

3. Xeon is a successor to Pentium II, while Core i7 is a successor to the Core 2 family.

4. Xeon processors are more expensive, with a price range of $167.00 – $3157.00. Core i7 has a price range of $284.00 – $562.00.


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  1. HI, Thanks alot for this post.. Just needed a little advice.. Im into animation and VFX.. Im planning to buy a workstation, but finding it too expensive.. Will Intel i7 give me the same power as a xeon ? Will i7 handle 3ds MAX and Adobe AFTER EFFECTS CS4 ?

    Regards ,
    RANSON

  2. great I was going to buy an Xeon but I changed my mind to Core i7.
    thanks. cause I am just a gamer.

  3. So the result is which is better?
    Especially my company has just brought X5570 works for Windows Server 2008 … Manily use for database..
    But it only use 4G RAM.. Should We raise the Memory More?

    We don’t really understand since the computer is from the programmers advice.

  4. The Xeon is not a successor to the pentium II, It’s a successor to its self . That’s like saying the Nintendo 3DS is a successor to the Game Boy Advanced SP.

    Servers and Workstations theoretically do what desktops do “they run applications” though servers are are more focused on multi tasking & productivity, desktop CPU’s are focused on peak performances and affordability.

    Overall Xeon processors are way more consistent than desktop processors which is why they are used in Apple Mac Pros. Xeons will give the overall better desktop experience as they’re more well rounded.

    The only difficulties to Xeon is the strategy to cool them quietly and the cost.

    Hard core gamers use Xeon

    • “Xeon has more power. Anything that runs on i7 will run on xeon, people do not program how the info is prosesed they create the info and the pc just slams it into hardwhare. Will you need that power is the real qestion. I sudgest if you have a i5 + you get an SSD or g cadd. An i5 can run any game and almost any on extra high. Ram is usless after 6 GB.”

      -Matey your English sucks.

      - ((correct me if im wrong) an i5 is better suited for games, i7s are good but i5s do the job better.) If you get a xeon for a gaming computer you are basically wasting your money no arguing there, xeons are processors used for Workstation/server motherboards and or server farms, they are able to be overclocked and they run at fast speeds and you can get an octo-xeon which is basically designed for rendering computers, not for a gaming platform, xeons are terrible for games, if you think im wrong go buy a octo-xeon and test it out in your gaming PC.

      -and RAM is not useless after 6GB, its actually the opposite, the more RAM you have the better, say you have 6GB or RAM for a 3D render engine, your only going to get the max amount of RAM the computer can give you which is quite low if its only 6GBs and will render at a slow speed, if you have 32GB of RAM, then you will have no trouble with the speed of rendering an object, this works essentially the same with games because games are usually running 3D engines. So in conclusion more RAM the better.

      • An i5 isn’t better for gaming than an i7, it’s actually slightly worse but the tiny performance gain isn’t worth paying twice the price. However, if you’re doing video encoding or other processor intensive programs, the i7 will beat the pants off the i5.

        i7 and Xeon are pretty evenly matched, with the i7 incorporating Intel HD4000 graphics being really the biggest difference. Seeing as how most power users The Xeon is significantly cheaper, uses a little less electricity, but is a tiny bit, maybe 5%, slower as far as clock speed.

        You can overclock the i7 but anyone with real work to be done isn’t stupid enough to trade a few mhz for the possibility of instability. OC’ing is for hobbyists, those without the budget to just buy the power they need, or gamers who want to get that 5 fps increase in Pokemon. Stability and reliability coupled with performance are what real power users and admins will be looking for.

  5. @JugularKill

    “That’s like saying the Nintendo 3DS is a successor to the Game Boy Advanced SP.”

    Yes actually, the 3DS is the successor to the Game Boy Advanced. Are you that much of a retard? do you see any games coming out of the GB Advanced lately? its an old tech that is phasing/phased out. lol

    “Overall Xeon processors are way more consistent than desktop processors which is why they are used in Apple Mac Pros. Xeons will give the overall better desktop experience as they’re more well rounded.”

    This statement in itself justifies that you are neither a gamer nor a computer literate person by any chance. Please do enlighten us on what particular programs the Xeon would excel in against the i7 in terms of normal and gaming desktop usage?

    While you think of your self-made reasons, here are some of mine.

    1. Xeon is not overclockable like the i7
    2. Xeon uses slower RAM than the i7
    3. Xeon takes up too much power
    4. Programs USE hardware that will benefit them, not the other way around.
    5. Too much cores don’t mean anything if programs/games don’t use them.

    “Hard core gamers use Xeon”

    Correction, HARDCORE gamers use Intel i7 Sandy Bridge AND urgently wait for the release of the new Ivy Bridge.

    • “Yes actually, the 3DS is the successor to the Game Boy Advanced. Are you that much of a retard?”

      You mis understood the article and my comments “Retard”.

      The article says “Xeon is a successor to Pentium II” What the editor is saying is that its architecture starts to succeed for the Pentium II range… Which isn’t actually true.

      Hence why I used the example of the 3DS & the Adv SP, the 3DS’s architecture derives from the
      NDS not the Adv SP, has very little in common with any game boys.

      You have to ignore the editors meaning of successor as literal, s/he is using it as a bookmark.

      You are not reading my comment reasonably you just taking it in with ego. I said:

      “Overall Xeon processors are way more consistent than desktop processors” I didn’t say “The Xeon has better peak performance”….I use worlds like “well rounded” and general.

      Talking about over clocking when someone is talking about “well rounded processing & consistency” means you need to calm down a bit and look at it from a mature point of view.

      Most desktop processors are modeled on server/ workstation processors like the Xeon, but watered down to make it more consumer/ business/ gamer friendly where only a certain level of performance is in demand. Some high end gamer CPU’s peak better than Xeon processors for specs the manufacturer chooses, it means little, Kind of how the PS3 has some specs that doubles the X360′s but overall they’re roughly on par.

      - Xeons can be overclocked

      - Slower Ram? ECC is error correcting, (hence more well rounded) there’s so many factors to memory speed, please show me where a desktop Pc has lower latency or a higher bus speed?

      - Xeons take up too much power? C’mon dude it’s expected as it’s not cutting corners for its key “general performance”

      - “Programs USE hardware that will benefit them, not the other way around” No it’s vice versa…e.g I build my hardware to match the applications I need & I also Install software that’s more effective for my hardware.

      - “Too much cores don’t mean anything if programs/games don’t use them” Has nothing to do with my comments, many of the applications I use makes use of all the cores on my computer and I am specific about that ability…who said anything about games?

  6. Flame wars are very helpful to find out WHY certain hardware is better/worse for given applications. I love the detail. Keep it coming guys…

  7. Hi

    MSSQL for 2 users, compared by price. Do I have any advantages when I use Xeon (on Win7 or Server08)?

    regards
    Daniel

  8. Xeon is the successor to Pentium 2? i7 is better for photo creation and video encoding? What are you smoking…

  9. Xeon has more power. Anything that runs on i7 will run on xeon, people do not program how the info is prosesed they create the info and the pc just slams it into hardwhare. Will you need that power is the real qestion. I sudgest if you have a i5 + you get an SSD or g cadd. An i5 can run any game and almost any on extra high. Ram is usless after 6 GB.

  10. I have just finished building a monster. I went with the Xeon, for the simple fact that I need the multitasking efficiency. I am not a hardcore gamer. The most graphically intensive “game” I play – SL – runs wonderfully on it’s highest settings, at the same time as having VDJ and 3d Studiomax open and working.

    A friend of mine whom runs servers and admittedly knows much more about this than I do, has a 4770, and cannot perform the above tasks, simultaneously.

    Buy the i7 if you want to play a game, have your TS and Skype open, and that’s that.

    Buy a Xeon if you need to do more at once.

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