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Is an i7 worth it for gaming? Or will it be..?

#1Rama_XPosted 11/13/2013 11:04:31 PM
I know that right now games dont benefit from the 8 threads, but if iam planning on gaming with this for the next 4 or 5 years is it worth it?

http://www.amazon.com/Intel-i7-4770K-Quad-Core-Processor-BX80646I74770K/dp/B00CO8TBQ0/?tag=logicaincrem-20
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#2fuzzymanPosted 11/13/2013 11:07:51 PM(edited)
moreso than i5

If it's too much get the 8320

I'd go into detail but while i5 might be 1.5x faster than AMD per core...

When at full load that equates to 75% peak performance even with the i7

but the i7 works fine because you get that 1.5x boost now and better performance than the i5 when threaded

but say, if you need 8 threads, the i5 won't cut it, not even faster cores will make up for it
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#3steveboblarryPosted 11/13/2013 11:13:53 PM
Yes it is worth it.
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#4Rama_X(Topic Creator)Posted 11/13/2013 11:16:41 PM
Well that is the thing, i dont need the 8 threads right now.. Because i will use it to play games, and as of now games dont use that many threads. And since iam a noob i dont know what to expect in that department.
Is it possible in 3, 4 or even 5 years from now for games to need so many threads??
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#5steveboblarryPosted 11/13/2013 11:18:23 PM
Its good for future proofing so if you have the money go for it.

There won't be any thing monstrous in the cpu department until skylake comes out

Iam not even sure when its gonna drop though
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#6fuzzymanPosted 11/13/2013 11:19:27 PM
the next gen consoles are all 8 threads so I imagine it will be the case
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#7LostHisHardcorePosted 11/13/2013 11:53:08 PM
Get the AMD chip and save $100

http://i.imgur.com/upVCxL9.png
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#8Snuckie7Posted 11/13/2013 11:58:29 PM
It's one of the few ways to boost CPU minimums, so it's worth it if you want the extra frames.
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#9Rama_X(Topic Creator)Posted 11/14/2013 6:48:03 AM
LostHisHardcore posted...
Get the AMD chip and save $100

http://i.imgur.com/upVCxL9.png


Wow, didnt know that.
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#10PhilOnDezPosted 11/14/2013 7:59:17 AM
Rama_X posted...
LostHisHardcore posted...
Get the AMD chip and save $100

http://i.imgur.com/upVCxL9.png


Wow, didnt know that.


It's only going to beat it in heavily threaded workloads, 4 or less threads and it's not even close. Hyperthreading provides about a 35% boost when moving up to 8 threads while AMD's integer clusters (they aren't true 'cores' in the sense that they aren't self contained units capable of completing a compute function on their own) get about a 75% boost.

The only way you're saving $100 without losing performance is if you're constantly running heavily threaded programs which you've already said you aren't. In the future the 8350 may be to the i7 what the i7 is to the 8350 now, notably faster except in certain specific scenarios but not so much so that the other is basically worthless, but right now the i7 is top dog for gaming in all but a scant handful of games. The 8350 would probably do well enough that you'd never notice unless you play specific games that it just really can't handle due to running on one single highly demanding thread.

If you really want to future proof a 4930k would be the processor to go with, 6 full cores plus hyperthreading, it's closer to $550 vs the $330ish of the 4770k, plus an extra $100 for its more expensive mobo, plus an aftermarket cooler (which you'd need before overclocking your 4770k anyway, though you could run on the stock cooler until you needed to OC).
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