Summary: After careful consideration, I bought this processor for my desktop. It works in my ASUS P8Z68 motherboard with zero issues. The Intel Xeon E3-1230 is in my opinion, the best processor right now for the money. It scores over 8.4k on passmark, which is significantly faster than a fully-overclocked 2500k. It uses little power and has little heat, because it doesn't have integrated graphics.
Summary: Dear Intel, Thank you for making a Sandy Bridge Xeon that is just right for me. I love its 3.2GHz, 8M cached, quad-core, Hyper-Threaded, VT-x and VT-d goodness. It does everything I want, and nothing I don't. We are like that guy from Inception and the naked chick in that boat movie. Perfect. It's 80W TDP has meant so much to me as its fans whirl semi-silently under my bed, whispering sweet nothings to me as I sleep.
Summary: I've had my E3-1230 for about 6 months now and love it. Since I purchased, the price/performance has been unbeatable. It is at the core of my pet project to build a lower power super computer and with the performance this gives using only 80W it's lived up to everything I've wanted.
Summary: What a decent CPU. I needed to rebuild my existing server software on more powerful hardware because the older hardware was running out of steam. I used this CPU with a motherboard that supports SATA 3.0 interfaces and connected them to two (2) SSDs to support the OS in a RAID 1 configuration and it worked well. I also purchased a SATA PCIe RAID Card to support some large data disks in a RAID 1 configuration. This is an eight core CPU.