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Intel i5 4430 vs 4570 vs 4670

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I'm not too familiar with the CPU scene however I do have an idea that the 4670 performs overall slightly better than the other two.

However, does the slight performance increase for every incremental upgrade justify the $10 to $20 difference for every incremental upgrade?

For example, let's say a 4430 costs $190, a 4570 costs $200 and a 4670 costs $220.

Which one is the best value for money and is it worth getting the 4570 or 4670 over the 4430? Will it make much difference in terms of gaming?

Thanks for any responses.
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I'd get the 4570, as the 4430 lacks TSX-NI and can only Turbo +2 bins (or 200MHz) over its standard speed instead of the 4570's +4 bins, and the 4670 costs ~10% more while only being ~6% faster (which won't make a difference in GPU-limited games).

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EDIT: Since you'd be using a non-overclockable CPU, you can get save some money by getting a B85 or H87-chipset motherboard, assuming that you'd only ever be running 1 video card at a time. A Z87 board would be required for running SLI or CrossFire, however.
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I'd get the 4570, as the 4430 lacks TSX-NI and can only Turbo +2 bins (or 200MHz) over its standard speed instead of the 4570's +4 bins, and the 4670 costs ~10% more while only being ~6% faster (which won't make a difference in GPU-limited games).

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You can still OC a non K CPU, just 4 multis up. I do it all the time. You just need a Z87 mobo though.
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You can still OC a non K CPU, just 4 multis up. I do it all the time. You just need a Z87 mobo though.

Not for Haswell, you can't.

See Tech Report's article for more details.
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Not for Haswell, you can't.

See Tech Report's article for more details.

Wow....well that just sucks.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm going to upgrade from Sandy Bridge to Haswell. I heard Haswell is more efficient with electricity.

I don't think I'll be overclocking the CPU.

Do you guys think SLI/CrossFire is necessary for playing games like Battlefield 4?
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Thanks for the replies!

I'm going to upgrade from Sandy Bridge to Haswell. I heard Haswell is more efficient with electricity.

I don't think I'll be overclocking the CPU.

Do you guys think SLI/CrossFire is necessary for playing games like Battlefield 4?

If you're not overclocking, then Haswell is absolutely the way to go. It's quite a bit more efficient on idle, and the new CPU instructions (AVX2, TSX) will be more useful down the road.

As for gaming, you won't need to SLI/CF as long as you buy a sufficiently powerful GPU for the resolution (e.g. 1280x1024, 1920x1080, etc.) that you're running.
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If you're not overclocking, then Haswell is absolutely the way to go. It's quite a bit more efficient on idle, and the new CPU instructions (AVX2, TSX) will be more useful down the road.

As for gaming, you won't need to SLI/CF as long as you buy a sufficiently powerful GPU for the resolution (e.g. 1280x1024, 1920x1080, etc.) that you're running.

I currently have an AMD Radeon 5870 for playing BF3 at 1440p resolution at medium settings. I need a new graphics card for BF4 right?
Edited by Koehler - 6/22/13 at 7:38am
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I currently have an AMD Radeon 5870 for playing BF3 at 1440p resolution at medium settings. I need a new graphics card for BF4 right?

That might be a prudent course of action. If money isn't an issue, I'd recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p gaming as it's the most powerful single-GPU gaming-oriented card on the market.
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That might be a prudent course of action. If money isn't an issue, I'd recommend a GTX 780 for 1440p gaming as it's the most powerful single-GPU gaming-oriented card on the market.

Thank you I'll definitely consider that.

Since non-K variants of Haswell can't be overclocked, there is little reason to buy a CPU liquid cooling system right?
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