Xeon E3 or i7

By ingeborgdot ยท 6 replies
Mar 8, 2014
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  1. Xeon E3 or i7??? I have asked this question before but that has been some time ago. I am needing a good cpu that will be used for video editing for up to 4-5 hours a day. I know a Xeon is made for 24/7 use and comes from a better dye so I was wondering what people's thoughts were. There will be no overclocking so don't go there. Thanks.
  2. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Its going to depend on the chip of course, but I would say in general an i7 would be the better option. If you go with a 6 core 12 thread i7 you will have a very nice video editing machine. Thats my opinion, its in reality going to be up to exactly what your needs beyond just video editing will be to decide what is a better idea.
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    For video editing the i7 will be better. You don't need the accuracy of Xeon.
  4. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 441

    A $300 budget for a cpu. I just don't understand how the i7 will be better. Sorry. I need some schooling.
  5. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630


    Server part, specialised for best power efficiency. Includes Trusted Execution, along with other virtualisation options.

    Consumer desktop part. Pretty much the Xeon's that didn't pass the stringent power requirement tests, etc. Features unlocked multiplier meaning you can boost the clock speed very easily, which will result in a massive performance boost.
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  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,198   +593

    Yea, in reality you might as well grab the i7 as they will perform on par and the differences wont benefit you in anyway plus as stated with an unlocked multiplier you can overclock it should you need more power.
  7. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah I second the decision for a i7. The Xeon is a great option no doubt about it, but for video editing, you could definitely gain some good performance by OCing, which you cant do on the Xeon. I would go with the Xeon if you need ECC memory.

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