Originally Posted by sdlvx
Regardless of what Intel calls 4770k and 4670k, they're on a platform where the only effect power consumption has on the end user is a few dollars saved a year compared to IB, and the only effect iGPU has on end user of those chips is that it gets disabled and takes up die space.
You can beat around the bush and throw marketing slides about what Intel wants you to call 4770k and 4670k, but if it really is a "mainstream" chip, it's the kind of chip you'd recommend to a "mainstream" user, IE someone who uses facebook and farmville is the most demanding game they play.
I think that's overkill and mainstream chips are probably still dual core Intels or 2 module AMDs and anything beyond that is enthusiast, I would say, at least in regards to the entire market.
Maybe a mainstream gaming desktop if you want to go that far, but to call what Intel calls mainstream gaming not enthusiast seems a mistake to me.
Specially considering this forum is full of people who call themselves enthusiast and have 3770k/3570k/etc and now they are defending Intel and saying their level of chip isn't really enthusiast level and that they, by extension, aren't actually really enthusiast, just mainstream computer users.
As far as I am concerned, even someone with a lowly old Pentium Celeron or Opteron that's overclocked hardcore is an enthusiast. Someone who buys a quad core Alienware gaming laptop is not. That's how I feel about it but I guess if you guys want to change the definition of enthusiast to fit Intel's marketing slides where any average Joe who buys an EE CPU is an enthusiast and anyone who overclocks, builds their own system, or is enthusiastic about new hardware is just a "mainstream guy on a mainstream computer" you're more than welcome to and we can stop this discussion.