Is it worth paying for the 4930K over the 4770K?
I live near a Microcenter so...
4770K - $269.99
4930K - $529.99
It's for a gaming PC that I'll also do video editing, graphic design, developing games with Unreal Engine 4, and other things like that.
Best Answer Andre S. , 17 June 2014 - 17:21
It's not the same thing at all. The i7-4770K (now superseded by the 500MHz faster i7-4790K) is an LGA1150 socket CPU with 4 cores and dual-channel memory support. The i7-4930K is an LGA2011 socket CPU with 6 cores and quad-channel memory support. It's WAY faster (like 50%+) in long-running, multithreaded compute workloads, although that won't mean anything for games.
Is the difference worth it? That depends on how much you value your heavy compute jobs completing in significantly less time. Also keep in mind you'll need a different motherboard for the i7-4930K as it uses a different socket, and you'll likely want to be using 4 memory modules to take advantage of quad-memory channel support.
Whatever you do, don't buy an i7-4770K now since the i7-4790K is offered at the same price. And if gaming performance is really all you care about, the i5-4690K is a more affordable option that'll get you 95-100% of the i7-4790K (after overclocking) for 100$ less.Go to the full post