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Intel i7-4K vs. AMD Piledriver FX-8 -- GAMING --

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July 19, 2013 3:41:49 AM

Hello guys, it's me again.

I'm getting used to Tom'sHardware now, I find a lot of you very experienced and helpful.

So here is my question.

We are looking for Hi-End Gaming Future Proof PC

Both CPU's are similar prices.

Intel Core i7-4770K 3.50GHz (Haswell) Socket LGA1150

AMD Piledriver FX-8 Eight Core 9370 Black Edition 4.40GHz (4.70GHz Turbo) (Socket AM3+)

What do you think guys?

Cheers.
July 19, 2013 3:55:18 AM

I love AMD but you should go with Intel at that price. That being said, I wouldn't recommend either of these CPUs for gaming. Buy yourself a FX-8350 and spend the extra $100+ on a better GPU. If you plan to overclock you could easily reach performance of the FX-9xxx.
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July 19, 2013 3:56:37 AM

Prices?

Probably better with the 8350. I personally would go with the 3570 or 4670k. Every bit as good, without the cost of the 4770. 8350 is good as well, but has the occasional issue.
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July 19, 2013 3:58:13 AM

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Prices?

Probably better with the 8350. I personally would go with the 3570 or 4670k. Every bit as good, without the cost of the 4770. 8350 is good as well, but has the occasional issue.


What do you mean by occasional issue? The FX is way better value then the i5 and it is better for newer games that are multi-core optimized.
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July 19, 2013 4:50:58 AM

As a side note guys, I will not plan to overclock this system.

So that's why I'm interested which of those 2 is the best for gaming.
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July 19, 2013 5:01:06 AM

You might as well plan in advance and get the FX-8 for when all games start using 8 cores. (It's gonna take awhile)
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July 19, 2013 7:45:25 AM

In either case neither CPU is worth it. Buy a much better GPU instead of a CPU that would increase your game performance negligibly and your high performance compute performance by only 10-15%. I highly recommend the FX-8350, but the i5-3570 is a decent option too if you want Intel.
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July 19, 2013 7:50:51 AM

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What do you mean by occasional issue?


While usually the 8350 is able to keep up just fine;



there are times where it can't.



There are some games the 8350 just can't keep up on. They seem to be mostly RPGs type games but the fact is it is slower in some.

It's odd that you are getting to OCing chips and don't plan on OCing. Not sure what the point is then. I still think the 3570/4670K is the best value overall. If not, I'd get the cheaper of the 4770 or 8350. That's probably the 8350 seeing as it's priced against the 3570 usually.
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July 19, 2013 7:54:27 AM

Its priced $30 cheaper than the i5-4670k. New games are being optimized for more cores and the new consoles will only further that. That doesn't mean the Intel is bad, its very good, but the AMD wins the value proposition and also the future proof proposition.
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