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Which system should i keep for gaming? (older i9 or newer xeon)

Which system should i keep for gaming? i9 or Xeon

  • Intel i9 7940X

    Votes: 3 100.0%
  • Intel Xeon Silver 4215R

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
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Processor Intel i9-7940X
Motherboard Asrock x299 Taichi XE
Cooling Thermalright extreme + Arctic P12
Memory 7x8Gb DDR4 2666 ECC REG
Video Card(s) Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition 16Gb
Storage Samsung PM9A1 1Tb nvme + Kingston HyperX 480Gb + Samsung Evo 860 500Gb + HGST 6Tb SAS on Dell H310
Display(s) Dell U2311H
Case Chieftek ATX from trash + AMD Sempron sticker
Audio Device(s) Genius Cavimanus
Power Supply Super Flower Leadex 750w Platinum
Mouse Logitech G400
Keyboard Dell standard + Fk2000 plus AT to PS2 to USb adapter
VR HMD what?
Software Windows 11 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores low, but this system has soul not scores
I have two half rigs now but i only want to keep/build one.

The i9:
Asrock Taichi XE x299 (atx, modded bios for ddr4 ecc reg, and ES cpu support)
Intel I9-7940X (not in the rig yet, skylake 14 core 3,8ghz all core)
Thermalright Ultra Extreme + 2x P12 Artic fans (was almost free, not the best option i know)

The Xeon:
Supermicro X11SPM-F (matx, modded bios to rebar and ES xeon support)
Xeon Silver 4215R (newer cpu 8 core, 3,6ghz all core), i also have a spare Xeon Gold 6138 ES but that is bad for gaming (20 core but 3,2ghz all core)
Noctua NH-U14S (top end cooler for this socket)

Other components:
Superflower 750w platinum PSU
6x8gb 2666 ECC REG for the Xeon build (6ch@2400 but cant oc), 7x8gb 2666 ECC REG for the i9 build (oc to 4ch@2933 if needed)
Intel Arc A770 LE 16gb (both rig supports rebar)
1x nvme ssd (1tb Samsung pm9a1 (980 pro) + heatsink)
2x sata ssd (500gb Samsung 860 evo and 480gb Kingston Hyperx Savage)
Dell H310 Raid card and 6tb HGST Sas drive.
Genius Cavimanus headset (so i dont need onboard audio)
Old ATX Chieftek Case

The Xeon rig is cooler, newer but the mobo lacks ports, and i must use pcie riser for the raid card because of the motherboard layout, and i need usb hub.
The i9 is runs hotter i think but i can upgrade it with an AIO for future overclock if needed. Much better motherboard.

I cant sell both beacuse i need the money for something else. So there is no sell all and buy a ryzen option.
The i9 rig works with ecc reg memory but just with the 7xxx cpu-s and not with the newer 9xxx or 10xxx cpu-s. Currently i have an ES cpu (10 core but 3,2ghz) in the Asrock board, but i will get a 7940x soon (~2 weeks).
So older but higher clock skylake vs newer but lower clock cascade lake refresh?
 
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Benchmark Scores Older build pic (with R9 5950X installed): https://i.imgur.com/yxc0HrZ.jpg
X299 platform without a doubt. Can even flip the 7940X and get yourself a cheap 7980XE
 
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Benchmark Scores Cinebench R23 (Single Core) 1936 @ stock Cinebench R23 (Multi Core) 23006 @ stock

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All-core frequency is not that important, for gaming what can be sustained on 2-4 cores is what matters.
 
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Processor Intel i9-7940X
Motherboard Asrock x299 Taichi XE
Cooling Thermalright extreme + Arctic P12
Memory 7x8Gb DDR4 2666 ECC REG
Video Card(s) Intel Arc A770 Limited Edition 16Gb
Storage Samsung PM9A1 1Tb nvme + Kingston HyperX 480Gb + Samsung Evo 860 500Gb + HGST 6Tb SAS on Dell H310
Display(s) Dell U2311H
Case Chieftek ATX from trash + AMD Sempron sticker
Audio Device(s) Genius Cavimanus
Power Supply Super Flower Leadex 750w Platinum
Mouse Logitech G400
Keyboard Dell standard + Fk2000 plus AT to PS2 to USb adapter
VR HMD what?
Software Windows 11 Pro x64
Benchmark Scores low, but this system has soul not scores
I would sell one of your systems and get a i7 13700K Z790 (or even a i7 12700K Z690) system for gaming..

The new i7 and the z mobo plus ram cost twice the price of one of the older systems. I dont want to spend money.

X299 platform without a doubt. Can even flip the 7940X and get yourself a cheap 7980XE
But i think i cant cool it down.
I have this cooler (with 1366 bracket but that is the same as 2011 and 2066)
And there is none of the games (i know) that use 18 core.

All-core frequency is not that important, for gaming what can be sustained on 2-4 cores is what matters.
The i9 is little better. +300mhz for 2-4 core. From 5-8 +400mhz.
But the xeon has better ipc.
Or maybe i can overclock just 1-4 core to let say 4,5-4,8ghz?

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Memory 32GB DDR5 Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB 6000MHz CL36 / 8GB DDR4 HyperX CL13
Video Card(s) MSI RTX 2070 Super Gaming X Trio / Intel HD620
Storage Samsung 980 Pro 1TB + 970 Evo 500GB + 850 Pro 512GB + 860 Evo 1TB x2 / Samsung 256GB M.2 SSD
Display(s) 23.8" Dell S2417DG 165Hz G-Sync 1440p / 14" 1080p IPS Glossy
Case Be quiet! Silent Base 600 - Window / HP Pavilion
Audio Device(s) Panasonic SA-PMX94 / Realtek onboard + B&O speaker system / Harman Kardon Go + Play / Logitech G533
Power Supply Seasonic Focus Plus Gold 750W / Powerbrick
Mouse Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Laser wireless / Logitech M330 wireless
Keyboard RAPOO E9270P Black 5GHz wireless / HP backlit
Software Windows 11 / Windows 10
Benchmark Scores Cinebench R23 (Single Core) 1936 @ stock Cinebench R23 (Multi Core) 23006 @ stock
The Xeon may have better ipc but it's quite slow as "gaming" CPU..:(

I'd say, test both with your GPU.
 
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Hi,
7940x just needs a delid if not already and temperatures will drop.
It's also win-11 compatible
It's not my go to gaming rig but it could be.
 
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