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Game Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz Xeon E3-1230 v2
Cyberpunk 2077 11% 3%
Control 14% 24%
eFootball PES 2020 14% 6%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 42% 55%
Borderlands 3 11% 3%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 42% 55%
Red Dead Redemption 2 19% 30%
FIFA 20 25% 18%
F1 2019 19% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz is significantly 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 i5-7640X 4.0GHz was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E3-1230 v2, and so the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 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 i5-7640X 4.0GHz and the Xeon E3-1230 v2 both have 4 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

The Xeon E3-1230 v2 has 4 more threads than the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz. The Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz has one thread per physical core, whereas the Xeon E3-1230 v2 uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.

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 i5-7640X 4.0GHz 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 i5-7640X 4.0GHz has a 0.7 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 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 43 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz. However, the Core i5-7640X 4.0GHz 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, by quite a wide margin.

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CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameKaby Lake-XIvy Bridge-H2
MoBo SocketNot sureLGA 1155/Socket H2
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date30 Jun 201714 May 2012
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CPU Cores4vs4
CPU Threads4vs8
Clock Speed4 GHzvs3.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs3.7 GHz
Max TDP112 Wvs69 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature-vs66°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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L3 Cache Size6 MBvs8 MB
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i5-7640X 4-Core 4.0GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm Kaby Lake-X micro architecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz with boost, and 8MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 3.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked. The Core i5-7640X is the only new seventh generation 'X' CPU without multithreading support, running with a quad-core / 4 Threads and an 8MB L3 Cache. It has a base clock of 4.0GHz and a boost of 4.2GHz. 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.

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