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intel core i7 4930k vs 4770k

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November 15, 2013 2:45:47 AM

Alright. For gaming on games like planetside (which is a very CPU intensive game) which is better? Money between these two is not an issue but I am wondering for CPU intensive games which would be better.

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November 15, 2013 2:57:54 AM

I believe core for core the 4770k is faster, the 4930k is faster only if all cores are used.
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November 15, 2013 3:08:49 AM

For gaming, the clock speed matters more than the number of cores(most games cant even use more than 2 cores). Really, for gaming get the i5 4670K Instead and get a dedicated physx card or something(Planetside 2 has physx) or pocket the money or get a stronger gpu etc.
In other words, an i5 oc'ed to 4.5 Ghz would give you better performance over an i7 at stock. If money's no prob then surely get an i7 4770k(no need for i7 4930k for gaming).
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November 15, 2013 3:16:58 AM

SuperGamerBoy said:
For gaming, the clock speed matters more than the number of cores(most games cant even use more than 2 cores). Really, for gaming get the i5 4670K instead and get a dedicated physx card or something(Planetside 2 has physx) or pocket the money or get a stronger gpu etc.


This is beginning to change rapidly. Within the next 2 years more and more games will be taking advantage of multiple cores. So 8 core is going to become the new quad soon
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November 15, 2013 3:34:08 AM

Not that long ago I'd have agreed with SuperGamingBoy but almost all the current AAA titles can not only use but really require quads for best performance and BF4 has shown that is can use even more cores/threads when the hardware is available.
So the answer is: The i7 4930K is better, certainly as a long term purchase. It's a lot of cash to drop on a CPU to play games, though-and don't forget to purchase a suitable cooler with it. ;) 
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November 15, 2013 10:19:32 AM

Hmmmm... interesting. Now Thank you all for posting but for those who suggested i5s I am looking toward the i7 area. Although they both seem good it's just the decision between Ivy-Bridge E or Haswell. Hard decision I have to say so myself. Which runs better for CPU intensive games? I have done research but if any one has good benchmarks that would be nice. Also I plan to stream at 1080p which requires even more cpu power
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November 16, 2013 11:58:01 AM

By the time 6core is needed for games it will be standard on desktop cpus, so there's little point in paying a lot extra for it now. The 4770k is the best bang per buck at high end.
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April 30, 2014 3:27:56 PM

I did a lot of research on this before I purchased the 4930k. I was in a similar dilemma too but along with gaming I do 3d sculpting, animation and video capturing/editing and multiple apps open. So yeah, the 6 cores (12 threads) I needed now. Money was a bit of an issue but as long as I could get a good deal I didn't mind. But I needed something now and sort of long term (if that's even a word for computers. LOL). My computer was already 7 years old so this would be a mega jump for me.

Another thing to consider (and something that has become more and more popular) is that some render/capture/stream (i.e. twitch) while playing a video game ....and these cases the more cores, the better. Fortunately I was able to get $60 off and pick up the i7 4930k for $519 free shipping on Amazon. Microcenter has some of the cheapest prices around ($529 for the 4930k and $269 for the 4770k) but they don't ship and you have to pay tax and pick it up. Along with the Ivy Bridge-E CPUs (i7 49XX) they support up to 64MB of RAM. So if you want to take advantage of that, you have to make sure you have a compatible LGA 2011 board which can cost a bit more and limited selection compared to the socket LGA 1150 boards for the Haswell 4770k.
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May 15, 2014 11:13:19 AM

don't choose i5. there will be a bit of backround programs running and the i5 will slow down. to be honest 4930k is for extreme video editing and extreme gaming and 4770k is for gaming and medium to high video editing. i7 4930k would win if money weren't a matter. If you want to get i7 4770k as you may save money for a better gpu.
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