Intel 3570K vs 3770K: Is it worth $113 extra?

Looking at a brand new build, and looking at both of these CPUs. If someone can give their opinions on what the pros are of each with overclocking (looking at OC'ing to 4.5Ghz), gaming performance and simply value for money.

Ideas/Opinions anyone?
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  1. The only major thing you get out of i7 that you did not already get from i5 is HT which is largely useless for gaming but can give you a 25-30% boost for heavily threaded games/applications.
  2. The heaviest games I would play at the moment would be Metro 2033 and Crysis 2.
  3. You would see a 5% performance boost at most.So no the extra money is not worth it at all.But if you're going to overclock you should buy a 2600K which is cheaper and better than a 3770K.
  4. It's very hard to find a 2600k here in Australia nowadays.
  5. If you use any apps that use hyperthreading, (video editing, CAD, etc) then the answeer is a definite yeas.

    For gaming, whether it's worth it is a very personal decision, only you can make that determination. You can see a single digit performance differences between the CPU's .... does say a 5% increase in performance make it worth 42% more money ?

    Then again .... it's your whole system that is affected so does a $2,000 to $2,100 or 5% increase in cost THEN make it worth the 5% ? Again, only you can decide.
  6. +1 for JackNaylorPE

    In the end it all comes down to what you are going to be doing if the change from the Intel® Core™ i7-3770K to the Intel Core i5-3570K adds value for you. In most applications that will use hyper-threading you might see around a 10% performance boost on average.
  7. 3570k is best for gaming, top notch best gaming chip, 3770k is ever so slightly faster in some aspects, but gaming, 3570k is all you need!
  8. Do you work for Intel, IntelEnthusiast, or are you just ultra enthusiastic? You forgot the ® and ™ on the 3570K ;-) Maybe you can tell me why the 3450 is being discontinued next year - that looks to me like the smartest choice for gaming!
  9. sam_p_lay said:
    Maybe you can tell me why the 3450 is being discontinued next year - that looks to me like the smartest choice for gaming!

    Probably because the 3450/3470/3550/3570 are grouped too tightly together to allow much price differentiation after the addition of 3330 and 3350P models... all these and more T/S models make for a pretty crowded $160-200 non-K i5 segment with many models less than $5 apart.
  10. InvalidError said:
    Probably because the 3450/3470/3550/3570 are grouped too tightly together to allow much price differentiation after the addition of 3330 and 3350P models... all these and more T/S models make for a pretty crowded $160-200 non-K i5 segment with many models less than $5 apart.


    I'd certainly agree with that, but it's nothing new - Sandy Bridge lineup was equally crowded. Currently, the best UK price I've seen for a 3470 is £144, for a 3550 £145 and for a 3570, £155. Tiny increments interms of both price and performance. But like I say, nothing new!
  11. sam_p_lay said:
    Currently, the best UK price I've seen for a 3470 is £144, for a 3550 £145 and for a 3570, £155. Tiny increments interms of both price and performance. But like I say, nothing new!

    Pricing can vary a fair bit from shop to shop. At my local retailer, there is a $35 spread from i5-3350P to non-K i5-3570. The K costs another $20 extra. Each step adds $5-10 over the i3-3350P's $165.
  12. InvalidError said:
    Pricing can vary a fair bit from shop to shop. At my local retailer, there is a $35 spread from i5-3350P to non-K i5-3570. The K costs another $20 extra. Each step adds $5-10 over the i3-3350P's $165.


    Yeah those were the best prices I'd seen - not all from a single retailer! If it was... well, that retailer would be doing something very wrong :-) i5 3450 looks really good to me, £143 usually from aria.co.uk but £128 currently... I'm using an i7 920 though, so not really a huge step up to justify a new CPU and motherboard. Strong upgrade for those with pre-Nehalem setups though.
  13. Save the money for something else.
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