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A few weeks ago we released our first set of results to aid readers in deciding what CPU they may want for a new single or multi-GPU build. Today we add in some results for the top end Haswell CPU, the i7-4770K.

As you may have gathered from our initial Haswell coverage, we have had access to the processors for a couple of weeks now, and in that time we have had the opportunity to run through our gaming CPU tests as far as the motherboards we have had access to allows. We have had a variety of PCIe combinations (up to x8/x4/x4 including x8/x8+x1 and x8/x8+x4) worth testing to make sure you aim for the multi-GPU motherboard that fits best. We have also had a small amount of time to test a few more CPUs (Q9400, E6550) to fill out the roster a little.

This Update

In order to keep consistency, I want to this article to contain all the information we had in the previous article rather than just reference back – I personally find the measure of applying statistics to the data we obtain (and how we obtain it) very important. The new CPUs will be highlighted, and any adjustments to our conclusions will also be published. I also want to answer some of the questions raised from our last Gaming CPU article.

Where to Begin?

One question when building or upgrading a gaming system is of which CPU to choose - does it matter if I have a quad core from Intel, or a quad module from AMD? Perhaps something simpler will do the trick, and I can spend the difference on the GPU. What if you are running a multi-GPU setup, does the CPU have a bigger effect? This was the question I set out to help answer.

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What We Have Not Tested

In the intro to this update, I addressed a couple of points regarding testing 1440p over 1080p, as well as reasons for not using FCAT or reporting minimum FPS. But one of the bigger issues brought up in the first Gaming CPU article comes from the multiplayer gaming perspective, when dealing with a 64-player map in BF3. This is going to be a CPU intensive situation for sure, dealing with the network interface to update the GPU and processing. The only issue from our side is repetitive testing. I focused a lot on the statistics of reporting benchmarking results, and trying to get a consistent MP environment for game testing that can be viewed at objectively is for all intents and purposes practically impossible. Sure I could play a few rounds in every configuration, but FPS numbers would be all over the place based on how the rounds went. I would not be happy on publishing such data and then basing recommendations from it.

The purpose of the data in this article is to help buying decisions based on the games at hand. As a reader who might play more strenuous games, it is clear that riding the cusp of a boundary between CPU performance might not be the best route, especially when modifications start coming into play that drag the frame rates right down, or cause more complex calculations to be performed. In that situation, it makes sense to play it safe with a more powerful processor, and as such our recommendations may not necessarily apply. The recommendations are trying to find a balance between performance, price, and the state of affairs tested in this article at the present time, and if a user knows that the future titles are going to be powerful and they need a system for the next 3-5 years, some future proofing is going to have to form part of the personal decision when it comes down to paying for hardware.

When I have friends or family who come up to me and said ‘I want to play X and have Y to spend’ (not an uncommon occurrence), I try and match what they want with their budget – gaming typically gets a big GPU to begin and then a processor to match depending on what sort of games they play. With more CPUs under our belt here at AnandTech, with an added element of understanding on where the data comes from and how it was obtained, we hope to help make such decisions.

As always, we are open to suggestions! I have had requests for Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider to be included – unfortunately each new driver update is still increasing performance for these titles, meaning that our numbers would not be relevant next quarter without a full retest. I will hopefully put them in the testing with the next driver update.
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post #2 of 90
Seems like a really silly way to do that review. Better memory sticks for newer processors AND stock clocks.

Haswell still didn't look better than ivy or sandy.
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Looking at the Metro 2033 1 and 2 video card average FPS graphs, the 2500K is absolutely the bang for the buck champ here hands down. thumb.gif
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post #4 of 90
Kinda glad I grabbed a FX8350 over hasbeen.

My 2011 and Ivy are more than enough from Intel and Flying the Red flag makes me happy as well.
Also running only 1x 7970 in my AMD rig and it runs like a charm thumb.gif
    
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Looking at the Metro 2033 1 and 2 video card average FPS graphs, the 2500K is absolutely the bang for the buck champ here hands down. thumb.gif

Dude I was just thinking the same thing... I have a 5Ghz 2500k just collecting dust, I should put it to good use in a rig or something...
    
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Results like these tell me that I made a good choice in spending the extra for the 3930K... Still a monster processor after 2 years!
   
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Ivy and Sandy Bridge are still the reigning champs for enthusiast CPUs. It's too bad that Haswell didn't turn out better than it did.
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Looking at the Metro 2033 1 and 2 video card average FPS graphs, the 2500K is absolutely the bang for the buck champ here hands down. thumb.gif

Makes me ever madder that I missed the $99 fire sale. Wahhh.
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post #9 of 90
So there is no point to going from 3770K to 4770K?
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post #10 of 90
Still terrible methodology. Justification for not using more accurate metrics is ridiculous.

If you can't do it right, don't do it. You have a responsibility to the consumers you are informing to give them accurate information. This is not accurate.
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