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#1 mastercoms

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 04:56

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 The i7-4770K (now superseded by the 500MHz faster i7-4790K) is an LGA1150 socket CPU with 4 cores and dual-channel memory support.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.

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 05:56

If $260 is worth a ~5% improvement for you...?



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 05:57

So long as you dont need anything the chipsets beyond x79 provide then the extra cores and faster quad channel ram should help out with things like video editing. The 4770k can run on the latest Z97 chipset/ motherboards which has a few extra tidbits but i'll assume you can live without or simply dont need them. There is the x9X refresh which brings the 2011 line up to date, coming at the end of the year / 2015 If you want to wait.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:15

Why not 4790K? Also soon 4930K replacement will be expected with DDR4 support during fall. Broadwell  and Skylake both will come in 2015 with Broadwell might be paper launched or officially in Q4 2014 otherwise in early 2015.

So my suggestion would be to go with 4790K because it will be little cheaper and 4930K will not offer drastic experience improvement over 4790K which you can compensate with overclocking since Haswell Refresh has better overclocking potential.



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Posted 17 June 2014 - 17:21   Best Answer

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.