Intel Xeon with an LGA 1151 socket? Yeah! Welcome E3 v5!
Intel made some processor with LGA 1151 socket on their Xeon E3 v5 family and it is a Server-based Skylake CPU.
All of this LGA 1151 Xeon E3 v5 processors have 4 Cores but with a different number of Threads, 8MB Cache and with a maximum TDP of 80watts. The clock speeds is suprisingly good in terms of performance per watt as they got a variety of Xeon E3 v5 Processors like E5-1240L that runs in just a 25W TDP with a turbo frequency of 3.20GHz and most of this E3 v5 family are usually much cheaper or in the line of Core i7 Skylake/Kabylake pricing.
Some of the Xeon processors have an Integrated Graphics HD P530 as when we check the graphics, it is slightly slower than HD 530 in overall speed performance but slightly better on some specific task. It has strengths in Locally-deformable PRT as well as Force Splatted Flocking but suffers the card in terms of HDR Lighting and Rendering target array GShader.
‘My first impression of this Xeon E3 v5 is for heavy database tasks, etc but some motherboard manufacturers’ says that it is somewhat intended for gaming purposes. So yeah, they made some motherboards for this Xeon and call it E3 Pro Gaming v5.
You should keep in mind that you can’t easily upgrade your Core i7 Skylake/Kabylake to Xeon E3 v5 because most of the time your motherboard isn’t supported Xeon processor even if your BIOS is updated to its latest version. They have a same socket LGA 1151 but you still need to purchase a motherboard with a support for Xeon processor. Furthermore, LGA 1151 motherboard that supports Xeon E3 v5 processor will also supports Core i3, i5 and i7 (in case you’d like to downgrade, hmm).
And aside for Xeon E3 v5, a Server-based Kabylake Xeon E3 v6 processor also arrives in the market which is slightly faster than Skylake Server-based but with a same LGA 1151 socket, so be sure to check one of this Xeon processor in case you’re interested of building a “let’s say” one of a kind, Gaming Xeon CPU.
[DATE PUBLISHED: August 16, 2017] Last updated on August 16, 2017 by kierddt