Processor question

I've been looking online and trying to decide which processor is a better processor, any ideas?

4th Gen Intel Core i7-4790
Xeon E3-1241

They both have 8MB cache, but this i7 has a slightly faster clock speed.

I'm not doing any gaming, just applications, and running virtual box, some small video rendering, etc....
It's my main work desktop PC.  I'll have a SSD HD, so perhaps the difference in these two processors is minimal?
DanNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
They have virtually identical performance ... the i7-4790 scores 10051 on PassMark's CPUMark; the E3-1241v3 scores 10053.

The advantage of the Xeon is it supports ECC memory, so you'll have a more reliable memory subsystem, assuming you're using it on a motherboard that has ECC support.

Personally, I'd go with the Xeon ... but you absolutely won't notice any difference in performance between these two CPUs.

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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... by the way, I presume you're aware that the Xeon does not have an embedded GPU, while the i7-4790 has Intel's HD4600 graphics embedded in the chip.     If you're using a dedicated graphics card that difference doesn't matter ... just wanted to be sure you hadn't overlooked that difference :-)
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
how about getting a 6C xeon E5-2609 compared to the ones above?

Is the Ghz speed being that low compared to the higher Ghz on the ones above, would that be better?
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
yes, I don't want an imbeded CPU as I believe it's faster to have a seperate GPU anyways.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
From my experience: unless you do rendering, you won't see the difference between a 2nd gen i5 and a 4th gen i7.

The bottlenecks are the hdd/ssd and memory. Virtual machines are eating RAM fast, so 16GB is a minimum.
The SSD: the bigger, the better. At least 240GB.

Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The E5-2609 is a significantly less capable CPU than the two you listed earlier.    If you want to go with an E5 series Xeon, I'd use an E5-1650v3, which will nicely outperform the i7 and E3 Xeon -- it scores 13438 on PassMark.   [The E5-2609v3 only scores 5918]
DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I'll go with the E3-1241v3, as it's in my budget.
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