Which of these CPUs would be best for gaming? Or is there any real difference?
Xeon W3670 (3.2GHz 6C/12T)
Xeon X5687 (3.6GHz 4C/8T)
One has more cores, the other has faster clock speed. I have 24GB 1066MHz ECC RAM now, but would be willing to change to 1333MHz if I got the quad core.
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We'll assume you're referring to the Precision T3500 (not OptiPlex).
These Xeon CPUs are of the same design as an Ivy Bridge Core-i series, and aren't designed for the computational algorithms most games use. That said, the real limit here is the 1060 GPU, which is essentially entry-level for gaming these days. Either CPU will do just fine - the limitation in the system will be that GPU, not the CPU you choose.
You got me there, I have both Optiplex and Precision machines and sometimes mix up the Dell monikers. So... sorry about that. Corrected.
I realize the limitations of the aging hexacore and the mid-range gfx card, I have other machines for more serious gaming, if that was your concern. Both a Ryzen 5-1600X/GTX 1070 and a i5-7600/GTX 980. But I was curious as to whether it would be better to use the W3670 or X5687 for gaming with the 1060 gfx card in the old workstation because I'd like to have a 1080p/60 Hz gamer for a relative to use. The W3670 I have now along with the GTX 1060 6GB can run any game I throw at it at max/near max settings with sufficient frame rates for a 60Hz monitor. But others have suggested a slightly faster quad core would be better in a gaming environment over the slower 6 core. I was looking for opinions before I grabbed the quad core. And no, the cost of the extra CPU is of no concern.
If I don't get any other recommendations from the forum here, I suppose I will just go ahead and get it and find out for myself.
I would go with the quad core with the faster base clock. Faster memory might also get you a few FPS.
The GTX 1060 is fine for 1080p gaming.
I have a Dell T7500 server myself, 96GB of RAM and two Xeons. With GTX 1080. It hammers through games on ultra settings without any issues of anykind. World of Tanks has 218 FPS even.
T3500 shouldn't have issues at all.
Xeons have no problem handling games. The difference between a Server CPU and a reg CPU is how it priortizes and sorts data being processed. With the ECC RAM it double checks memory and corrects issues which help prevent programs and games from crashing.
I have a Dell Precision T7500 and an Optiplex 780 SFF.
The T3500 shouldn't have any issues.
I would personal stick to the Xeon with ECC
At least with my T7500 with 96GB DDR3 ECC RAM and 2 Xeons with GTX 1080 I male upwards of 290 FPS on games like world of tanks.
T3500 and the others are power houses. I like the ECC RAM because it crashes a lot less.
Thanks to all for your opinions. Much appreciated. After weighing the options, I think I will stick with the 6-core after all. My Firestrike score was 10702 with the 1060 installed. I guess there's not going to be much improvement to that simply by switching to the slightly faster quad core.
The old Westmere is still relavent, I guess.