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Poll version: 4670k vs 4770k?

#1SourcesPosted 4/20/2014 4:00:43 PM
At these price points, what is the better option, especially regarding for the future? - Results (121 votes)
4670k
43.8% (53 votes)
53
4770k
56.2% (68 votes)
68
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Micro Center has the 4670k for 179.99 right now, and the 4770k for 249.99

I don't plan on upgrading for 4-5 years, should I get the 4770k to be future-proof? Would games utilize hyper threading in the next 4-5 years or is the extra 70-80 dollars a waste even 5 years from now?
#2LoshadtPosted 4/20/2014 4:03:06 PM(edited)
Hyper threading may be useful in the future, but right now very few games utilize it and in some cases it actively hurts you. Go with the i5 and then upgrade much later in the future when you actually know whether hyper threading will be useful or not.
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#3fataliPosted 4/20/2014 4:13:39 PM(edited)
Loshadt posted...
Hyper threading may be useful in the future, but right now very few games utilize it and in some cases it actively hurts you. Go with the i5 and then upgrade much later in the future when you actually know whether hyper threading will be useful or not.


Can you link to some sources about hyperthreading hurting performance in a PC? Because all I ever saw was that it caused a degradation in SERVERS using SQL, which the TC is not going to do.


Besides Hyperthreading, the i7 also have 8 MB of cache memory, which will help performance.
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#4NicodimusPosted 4/20/2014 4:10:53 PM
The gap in performance in most applications is tiny. Not worth spending the extra money, unless you do something for work that specifically needs the i7.
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#5Loserman15Posted 4/20/2014 4:11:07 PM
Microcenter is basically offering an i7 at i5 prices. Why the heck wouldn't you?
#6Orestes417Posted 4/20/2014 4:11:50 PM
If you're planning a 5 year build, don't half ass it. Go 4770k
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#7NathanisDrakePosted 4/20/2014 4:18:27 PM
Orestes417 posted...
If you're planning a 5 year build, don't half ass it. Go 4770k


Well said.
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#8NicodimusPosted 4/20/2014 4:34:40 PM(edited)
Loserman15 posted...
Microcenter is basically offering an i7 at i5 prices. Why the heck wouldn't you?


http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/586/Intel_Core_i5_i5-4670K_vs_Intel_Core_i7_i7-4770K.html

Because in the vast majority of programs, another 3% gain in performance means basically nothing. It's so insignificant that you'd never notice. It's not worth the extra $80 or whatever the price gap is now.

Also, if the i7 is being offered at i5 pricing, it would stand to reason that the i5 is cheaper still and an even better value.
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#9Orestes417Posted 4/20/2014 4:39:11 PM
Might want to stop assuming that the way things were is at all indicative of the way things will be over the half decade he's talking about.
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#10NicodimusPosted 4/20/2014 4:49:23 PM
Orestes417 posted...
Might want to stop assuming that the way things were is at all indicative of the way things will be over the half decade he's talking about.


Until I see some kind of indication that the majority of programs will switch over to being hyperthreaded in the very near future, there's no reason to assume there will be such a large changeover. Hyperthreading has been around for what, a decade or so? And still, the vast majority of programs don't use it. It's a very safe assumption that things will keep on the same general way for another 5 years.

Even if 100% of the programs switched to hyperthreading overnight, the gain is only a measly 19%. Still wouldn't be worth the gap in price, unless you have more money than sense.
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