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Could someone explain to me customer CPUs vs server CPUs?

#1iscareu13Posted 9/4/2013 8:56:40 PM
By customer CPUs, I am talking about the kind you put in an average desktop (4770k, 4670k, 3570k, AMD 6300, etc.).

Could someone use a server processor / mobo for a home setup? Can you game with it? Could you use a server processor for your everyday machine?

If not, why not? What is the difference? What makes these two so different?
#2TheFeshPincePosted 9/4/2013 8:57:16 PM
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#3Skul_Posted 9/4/2013 9:13:46 PM
You could. They arnt as good for gaming though, as they are designed for servers.
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#4Orestes417Posted 9/4/2013 9:16:54 PM
Higher binned parts, more focus on stability, heat dissipation and lower power consumption. Different processor extensions usually. Usually require ECC ram too.
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#5UberLurkerPosted 9/4/2013 9:32:10 PM(edited)
Not to mention a greater focus on multiprocessing owing to their frequent use in multi-user environments, as such they tend to have more cache than consumer versions.

Also, they're often designed to be used with multi-socket motherboards, for both redundancy and increased capacity purposes. Take Intel Xeons for example, they were doing the whole multiple core thing (albeit via multiple processor chips) back when the best we plebes had were single core Pentiums.

You could use a server CPU for games and the like, but it would probably be overkill since server CPUs cost quite a bit more than regular old consumer CPUs... the performance advantage, if any, wouldn't be worth the significantly higher cost.
#6MasterDonGeroPosted 9/5/2013 7:12:53 AM
I think you mean consumer, not customer.
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