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I recently took an i5 4670k along with a gigabyte z87x-oc motherboard.
Initially I wasn't imagining, or calculating how much of a performance boost I was looking at.

After trying it out, mind = blown. Literally. And I was so happy I felt to write it down somewhere.

Firstly I ran crysis 3. The framerate was easily the double of my old chip. Where it ran at 22-30fps, this one ran at a whooping 50fps and above. I was in the 50-60 range for most of the 2nd level.

Next came Assassin's creed III. While I had environment detail on max, I dropped to the 40s. But putting that on high put me in the 60s. Some segments ran 30fps on my phenom, this wasnt the case with my new toy.

After that, I had to, I just had to. Crysis 1. Mind blown again. with the very high preset, was even hitting 100fps (1080p, no msaa). Some areas with 40fps, but very smooth.

Now I went back to the Battlefield 4 beta. Initially, whenever a group of say 2+ jumped on me, there was lag. But with my new toy, there was simply no lag. Even when changing areas, there was a split second lag which was visible only if playing with eyes of an eagle. 60-90fps range.

All these observations were without any sort of overclock. I believe the turbo is 3.6ghz across 4 cores. I now have to figure out the rocket science involved behind OCing a haswell chip then hope for a nice overclock on air.

RIght now my chip does 25-30c on idle and 50-55c on max. Hopefully a nice OC will set me above 60 at all times in Crysis 3.

Lastly, I know there have been some bad reviews about my board, Z87X-OC. But thats not why I took it. I took it because it was at a lower cost,available, and had 4 pcie 16x slots which finally put a distance of 2 slots between both my gpus. The temps are low, infact equal on both gpus. I can finally OC without fear of the GPU on top.

Thats two things that has me very happy, and I'm saying it again, I had to write it down somewhere. biggrin.gif
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I had a very similar experience when I went from a Phenom X4 9850 to an i7 930. At the time I could run Crysis at around 40 fps but it would dip to the single digits regularly with the phenom. With the i7 it was pretty constant around 40. I had read all the reviews but nothing prepared me for how much better it was in real world gaming. I had never had a CPU make that kind of a difference in games.
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well ye the heavy game engines these days BF3 crysis 1 2 3 etc.. they really use the cpu ofc not more then gpu but stilll utilize the cpu witch you put $ on it biggrin.gif Well hopefully you will be Able to get a better gpu in near future and have 60 fps in all games all time at 1080p but Gtx 560 Ti sli hard to find card to beat it specially that will need to worry about budget $
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I dont ultra everything. Hopefully dropping a few settings will give me back some fps.

But you are right, I am due for an upgrade because 1Gb vram will bottleneck next-gen textures, and textures are the easiest way to make a game pretty, free lunch.

But since the 2-slot space in between my gpus has helped with some dual-gpu temperature problems, I can actually OC both my cards as well. For games with robust sli support, that hopefully means a 20% boost. (10% per card)
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