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Core i7 980X vs Core i7 3770K

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April 25, 2013 10:17:55 PM

Clock for clock, which is faster, the Core i7 980X Nehalem, or the Core i7 3770k Ivy Bridge?

Is there a noticeable difference in gaming?

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April 25, 2013 10:25:41 PM

The 3770K is superior but the 980X is still a solid CPU. Not worth an upgrade IMO, but if you are buying one or the other now get the 3770K.

Wont be that big of a difference in most games.
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April 25, 2013 10:28:12 PM

Also, if all you're doing is gaming, there won't be a difference between the i7-3770k and an i5-3570k.
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April 26, 2013 2:41:33 AM

Not much difference, for a upgrade invest in a better graphics card and SSD drive.
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April 26, 2013 10:13:55 AM

A 3770K won't bottleneck a dual SLI GTX 680 setup, will it?
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April 26, 2013 10:36:18 AM

ambam said:
A 3770K won't bottleneck a dual SLI GTX 680 setup, will it?


The short answer is no. It's the best processor out there for gaming. Even the 3570K i5 won't.

Having said that, at lower resolutions, your CPU is likely to limit frame rates before the GPUs do. This would be true of any CPU. To minimize this effect, and take full advantage of all that graphical power, you should try to use a monitor setup that allows for resolutions greater than 1920x1080.
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