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Debating between i7-3820 or i7-4770k

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For both processors I'll be pairing them up with a corsair H110. Given the capabilities of the 3820 for overclocking I was wondering how well it would stack up to the performance of an overclocked 4770k. I primarily use my computer for gaming as well as a fair bit of software development that does involve running various VMs. The reason I selected these two processors is for a board and CPU the difference in price is around 50$. So any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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If you do a lot of VM work, you might want to get the i7-3820 just because it supports VT-d, and the 4770K does not. There are "subtle differences" between Intel's pro X79 platform and the mainstream Z77/Z87 platforms, and that's just one of them. The 3820 also supports 40 PCIe lanes, quad channel RAM, and 8 DIMM slots. Unfortunately, the 3820 is slightly slower - but not by much. At least with the 3820 if you decide you need more horsepower later, you can get a 4930K or an 4960X processor -- and any future X series are going to be Socket 2011 until they move to Broadwell/Haswell-E. in a year or two.

Greg
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Another option is sandy-e. Ivy-e should drive the prices down a little and ivy-e is a disappointment to many already on sandy

EDIT: 3930X To be exact.
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It depends heavily on what you are doing with it. In most scenarios the 4770k is significantly quicker. With the 2011 socket and x79 platform you really wont see an improvement over a 4770k until you get into the beefier 6 core chips, even then they still are slower than haswell in any task that doesn't take advantage of the extra cores. Also aside from PCIe lanes of X79 and quad channel memory the z87 chipset has some nice advantages. The PCIe lane difference can be somewhat compensated for by purchasing a z87 motherboard with a Plx chip. Benchmark comparisons to a variety of synthetics and situations below for both chips. Either way you should have a pretty nice system and 2011 socket lets you upgrade to Ivy Bridge-E, which as somebody already stated has been kind of disappointing, but still a monster of a chip.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/523?vs=836

Edit: Would also look at 4820k over 3820 for the unlocked multiplier and easier overclocking I think the price point is going to be pretty close.
Edited by Clockwerk - 9/6/13 at 9:05pm
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