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 Post subject: Xeon 1240V2
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:53 pm 
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Just wanted to update my Xeon posts from a number of months ago. After a false start will the incredible garbage of an ASRock motherboard (as I found to my dismay, the 1155 CPU Socket is Foxconn'e bottom quality type. After a month of use it seems the weight of a XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 bent the pins, thus making MB unusable as well as voiding any warranty. Both Google and Newgg reviews should have been my friends- seems to occur in about 20-25% of cases).

Anyway, since the change I've had the 1240V2 set in a MSI ZH77A-G43. I went with the "H' board for the reason that the Xeon can't really be overclocked- not that I would do so anyway. I also passed on a Server board due to the fact that ECC RAM is just WAY overboard for a home system.

For those not familiar with the Xeon's, they are are very cost effective alternative to the Desktop 3770 series for a few reasons. They are just a tad slower than the 3770K stock:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Xeon+E3-1240+V2+%40+3.40GHz

but apparently do not have the heat problems that the 3770's seem to have. As mentioned above I am using the XIGMATEK Gaia SD1283 with the Nexus SP802512L-03. As I type I see the Nexus is spinning at 1050rpm and the Xeon is at 28C (system temp 23C).

Another advantage is the price. The Xeon 1240V2 can be have for about $255 at SuperBiiz.

So to sum, all those non-overclocker Silent enthusiasts should really consider the Xeon and an H board. And of course any traditional hard drives at the bottom of the case on a coolpak!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Xeon 1240V2
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 12:59 am 
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That MSI board is a good one. I had one, I liked it a lot, just a shame it had no HDMI output.

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 Post subject: Re: Xeon 1240V2
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 1:39 pm 
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The Xeon e3-12*0 processors do not have onboard video so a discrete graphics card is required unless you're building a headless server so unless you were expecting onboard graphics, the lack of HDMI would be moot.

The processors with a 5 instead of a 0 have integrated graphics.

Intel's web site has a great comparison tool, everyone should use it before they shop because there are some hidden gems in the Xeon line.


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 Post subject: Re: Xeon 1240V2
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 2:02 pm 
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Yeah, I used a i5-3350P on mine in the end up, the 3350P has no iGPU either (it's probably just a Xeon with some of the features turned off). I ran a cheap HD6450 on that machine.

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 Post subject: Re: Xeon 1240V2
PostPosted: Fri May 17, 2013 3:07 pm 
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All of the i3s, i5s and i7s are Xeon with features turned off.


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