Originally Posted by Papas
I'm not saying i5 is bad. I'm upset that ignorant people troll and say amd is not high end because of power consumption. But when you show an i7 pulling even more power they say it's faster so it's OK . that makes no sense to me. If you want to compare cpu for performance, let's do it. I'm sick of people going well an i5 is better, but when you show graphs that the 8350 beats it as some tasks they scream about power consumption as a backup. Make up your mind.
Well, the 3930k is older and has more integrated functionality. Also it has more FPUs (an FPU draws like twice as much as an integer unit) and more cache. It's no wonder it draws more than the 8350. For the record, the 8150 draws more than both, while the 4930k draws less than all 3. xD
Now, on multi-threaded performance the 4670 and the 8350 are pretty close. The balance falls to the 8350 whenever integer math is abused and to the 4670 when floating point math is abused. It really depends on the application. There will always be cases where one wins over the other. It's about what apps you're going to use. If the processor you choose wins most of the time but you're only going to use apps where it loses, you're doing it wrong.
On single threaded performance the 4670 cleanly wins, but again if you're mostly using multi-threaded apps that abuse integer operations you're better off with an 8350.
Edit: If you have the impression that I avoid giving a definite answer, then you are correct. It's impossible to give an answer that makes the argument cease once and for all.
Let me give an example.
Assume that you have an application (which is a few years old and such) that performs better on a 4670k than on an 8350. I'm not talking marginally better here, I'm talking about two times faster and such.
Now the developer of the application wakes up one morning and decides to use openCL to send some of the load of his application to the GPU (just because he can). He does so and his application now performs two times faster on an 8350 than a 4670k.
Thing is, I can't know when and if something like that is going to happen. Of course it's almost impossible to do performance tests on every single application currently out there. As a result, it's impossible to give an answer as simple as "1+1=2". That's pretty much it.Edited by PsyM4n - 4/8/14 at 5:51pm