10
8
Select any two CPUs for comparison
VS

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 36% 3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 24%
eFootball PES 2020 38% 6%
Control 18% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2% 55%
Borderlands 3 36% 3%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2% 55%
FIFA 20 46% 18%
Red Dead Redemption 2 15% 30%
F1 2019 15% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i7-7700K 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and so the Core i7-7700K 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon E3-1230 v2 when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i7-7700K 4-Core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz and the Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2 have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-7700K 4-Core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 use hyperthreading. The Core i7-7700K 4-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i7-7700K 4-Core and Xeon E3-1230 v2 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i7-7700K 4-Core has a 0.9 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i7-7700K 4-Core has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the Core i7-7700K 4-Core wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Xeon E3-1230 v2 has a 26 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i7-7700K 4-Core. However, the Core i7-7700K 4-Core was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Xeon E3-1230 v2 is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

Can I Run It

Check any game system requirements

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaby LakeIvy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Jan 201714 May 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads8vs8
Clock Speed4.2 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency-vs3.7 GHz
Max TDP95 Wvs69 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs66°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs256 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1024 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
Max Memory Size-vs32 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
Comparison

CPU Graphics

Graphics
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
Comparison

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs-
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewLittle is known for definite yet regarding the specific specs of this Intel flagship CPU, but some benchmarks are starting to creep in.
The Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm, Kaby Lake micro architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 4.2GHz, which may go up and 8MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. This CPU is likely to offer exceptional computational performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on high/ultra graphics performance without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.
Xeon E3-1230 v2 is a Server Processor based on the 22nm, Ivy Bridge architecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.3GHz, which may go up to 3.7GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.

The processor DOES NOT integrate any graphics and has a rated board TDP of 69W.

Though not created for gaming purposes, its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.

Title

Body

No Ads

or, become Premium, be ad free + get access to all GD’s extra features

Here’s one for everyone. We remove ads for 24hrs if you visit the link below. You don’t need to buy anything there, just follow the link and be ad free.