I'm in the middle of building a system for a specialized video application and was told a Xeon processor is strongly recommended. In doing research, however, I am left scratching my head as to the differences between similarly spec'd CPUs.
Take the i7-5930K and the E5-1630 v3, for example.
Both have 40 PCI-e lanes.
Both have 15MB of cache.
Both are 64-bit.
Both have the same number of cores (6).
Both consume the same amount of power.
Both support identical memory types (up to 2133 MHz DDR4).
In fact, just about the only difference I see is that the Xeon supports more ram, but I wasn't planning on pushing past the limits of the i7 (64 GB) anyway.
The i7 is about $40 cheaper, but not enough to sway me heavily in one direction.
I do not plan to do any overclocking in this system, so that "feature" is irrelevant.
What am I missing? Is there anything that the Xeon brings to the table that the i7 fundamentally does not? What's the major difference between these two chips?