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Intel 4770K + z87 vs. 4930K + x79

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January 6, 2014 3:30:41 PM

Hi guys. I am currently designing a build for a completely new system and I want to make sure I choose the right CPU. This is all very new to me, so bear with me if some of my questions are silly / naïve. =)

I have narrowed my choice down to either 4770K / 1150 / z87 or 4930K / 2011 / x79. I understand that 4930K is still running on 'Ivy Bridge' while 4770K uses the new 'Haswell'.

My concern is that the older Ivy Bridge tech, especially mobo / chipset, may have disadvantages vs. the newer Haswell stuff the z87 runs on.

The reason I want a 4930K is for the extra 2 cores / 4 threads over 4770K, since I intend to use this build for a lot of creative apps including video editing.

So, that's basically my question: does the newer Haswell stuff / z87 mobos offer any meaningful advantages over Ivy Bridge E / x79 that are worth considering?

TY. =)

For reference if it helps, the build will include:
  • SSDs (at least one, possibly several)
  • HDDs in RAID0
  • 32 or 64 GB RAM, depending on final budget.
  • Dual monitors.

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    January 6, 2014 3:38:20 PM

    If your creative apps support multiple cores properly then by all means go with the 4930k, it will make you more productive.

    Haswell does have some advantages, such as slightly higher IPC (i.e. it can do the same thing faster by 5% while running the same number of cores at the same frequency) and slightly lower electricity consumption. If you could buy a 6-core Haswell it would be a better idea than the 4930K. But you can't, and the 4930K will do video encoding faster than the 4770K.
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    January 6, 2014 3:41:46 PM

    Lovestar said:
    Hi guys. I am currently designing a build for a completely new system and I want to make sure I choose the right CPU. This is all very new to me, so bear with me if some of my questions are silly / naïve. =)

    I have narrowed my choice down to either 4770K / 1150 / z87 or 4930K / 2011 / x79. I understand that 4930K is still running on 'Ivy Bridge' while 4770K uses the new 'Haswell'.

    My concern is that the older Ivy Bridge tech, especially mobo / chipset, may have disadvantages vs. the newer Haswell stuff the z87 runs on.

    The reason I want a 4930K is for the extra 2 cores / 4 threads over 4770K, since I intend to use this build for a lot of creative apps including video editing.

    So, that's basically my question: does the newer Haswell stuff / z87 mobos offer any meaningful advantages over Ivy Bridge E / x79 that are worth considering?

    TY. =)

    For reference if it helps, the build will include:
    • SSDs (at least one, possibly several)
    • HDDs in RAID0
    • 32 or 64 GB RAM, depending on final budget.
    • Dual monitors.



  • For your needs, I would 100% recommend the Intel Core i7 4930k. The newer Haswell CPU's support more SATA 3 ports, but in your situation (due to the fact you are running 1 SSD), your hard drive will not benefit from the SATA 3 speed , and honestly I feel that unless you plan to run like 6 SSD's, the more cores that the 4930k has is more beneficial in your case than the amount of SATA 3 ports.

    You could also wait until next year (Q3?) for Haswell-E, which will probably introduce 8 cores, more SATA 3 support (like haswell), an new chipset, and DDR4 ram support.

    The choice is up to you- but if I had to pick now- I would get the 4930K.
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    January 6, 2014 3:42:41 PM

    If you are doing heavy rendering/editing, the 4930k definitely! It will handle those intensive work much much better than 4770k.
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    January 6, 2014 8:19:33 PM

    Edit:
    Actually I think I'll ask about RAID in a dedicated thread since it's kind of offtopic for this one. =)

    As for Haswell-E — oh gosh, that looks so hot. But since it's coming out late 2014, and will be super-expensive and probably glitchy for like 6-12 months after that, I can't wait around for it. Eventually though that's totally where I'm going, haha.

    So, OK. From what I gathered here it's no huge loss to do 4930K and pick up the extra cores, so that's probably what I'll do. Thanks. =)

    Both replies were really helpful in different ways, I'm sorry I can't pick more than one solution!
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