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i7 980x vs i7 4770k

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June 25, 2014 8:52:44 PM

I have been given the opportunity to buy an i7 980x for $200. Do I take it or wait to I can get the i7 4770k for $110 through Intel through their retail edge program. Is the i7 980x really that great?

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June 25, 2014 8:56:33 PM

nah save up for the 4790K.

It depends on the motherboard, do you have the right mobo for the cpu?
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June 25, 2014 8:58:56 PM

The 980x was great, but I would not bother with a 4yr old cpu for a new build. The 4770k destroys it in single core performance anyway.
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June 25, 2014 9:00:03 PM

If you have an LGA 1366 motherboard, then it's cheaper to get the 980X, which, for $200, looks like a steal. If you get a 4770k or 4790k, then you will need a new motherboard.
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June 25, 2014 9:13:48 PM

4 years ago I'd say the 980x. Now the 4770k is a huge step up from that.
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June 25, 2014 9:41:11 PM

It's funny that the 4 year old 980x is still better than the 2 year old FX8350
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June 25, 2014 9:53:52 PM

The i7-4770k is a newer generation processor so I would rather go with it. It would also have a lot more performance compared to the older generations in terms of power usage.
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June 26, 2014 5:15:09 AM

TechyInAZ said:
nah save up for the 4790K.

It depends on the motherboard, do you have the right mobo for the cpu?


In either case I have to buy a motherboard
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June 26, 2014 7:34:33 AM

If you need a motherboard, then get the 4790k and a z97 motherboard.
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June 26, 2014 6:01:16 PM

+envy14tpe I agree on that but benchmarks are great if you have the same system as the benchmarkers and same goes for specs really I just wanted to show the difference between the two CPU's

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June 26, 2014 8:28:09 PM

But it I were to overclock the 980x to the same speed as the 4770k then it would be better performance because of the extra two cores correct? Isn't the 980x designed for over locking?
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June 26, 2014 8:29:55 PM

The 4770k's single core performance is so much better, no amount of overclocking will make up the difference.
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June 27, 2014 5:19:20 AM

The 980x is three generations behind, therefore a 4770k can outperform it in many games as well as single-threaded applications.
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June 27, 2014 5:45:56 AM

I'm not really sure why this discussion is still going on. Come on. The 4770k is $110 and the 980x is $200. Isn't the price enough to make you decide? Also, you'd need to buy a 4 year old mobo for the 980x, good luck.
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June 27, 2014 5:48:40 AM

If I had the money and the CPU (i7 980x) and x58 MB were cheap enough I would get it. Though I would not part with my current PC. I got my CPU and MB about a month before Haswell was released. I knew there were coming but I thought later in the year. Right now is an odd time to buy a highend PC parts, as Intel is expected to release Broadwell next year. Also Haswell E at the End of this year, Nvidia has their Maxwell GPU line up coming sometime at the end of this year or early next year. The safest thing really is the i7 4790K as Intel claims to have tweaked Haswell architecture, specifically the thermal interface on the CPU Die. That along with a Z97 MB...Maybe a Asus since their awesome. Mind you Haswell E i7 5820K is going to be their entry level processor and it will have 6/12 cores/threads which is going to cost about the same as the i7 4820k...so keep that in mind...
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July 1, 2014 1:20:50 AM

Well there are a couple of statements here such as "The 4770k destroys it in single core performance" that stretch the truth so much they are almost the opposite of the truth. A little better in most things yes, but far from total destruction.

In-fact the 980X still does better in video creation (the main reason many of us bought it) than the modern day 6 core equivalent or predecessor the 4960X.

That said, I make it a rule never to buy old tech which the 980X most definitely is. If you were buying it to replace another CPU on an existing X58 mobo i'd say go for it, $200 is a good deal, but that's not the case here.

As the tech for CPU's improve so does the tech for motherboards (and everything else). The newer LGA 2011 motherboards have many improvements over the 980X's LGA 1366 (X58) motherboards not to mention the limited options you would have for buying a LGA 1366 mobo.

Unless video creation is your main thing stick with new tech.

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