Originally Posted by ChronoBodi
so what if i7s didn't perform better than i5s in games, that's the status quo. It won't be for long. besides that's changing very soon with the new consoles forcing developers to go multithreaded.
And i do video rendering, time is money of which the i7s is better for this.
I would rather have it, then need it and not have it to begin with.
People have been saying this since quad cores came out. There reality is that there are PLENTY of PC first and PC exclusive games that SHOULD have taken advantage of this. The bottom line though is that it IS NOT more cores it is NOT double the performance if it could use all the cores and since since it has been "changing very soon" for 4 years,,, stop holding your breath
That isn't to say I recommend the i5 over the i7. I only buy i5s for my gaming rigs but I get the newest proc every seasonl
My recommendation... buy the i7 and shut off the HT... 100MHz higher clock rate will have a bigger affect on any and all games now and future than HT will.
Before BF3 came out people where saying multi-threaded utilization in games is COMING SOON! Battlefield 3's engine will be designed around this.
THEN BOOM EPIC FAIL... Linus Tech Tips shows that a 6-Core i7 Extreme with hyper-threading is only marginally faster than that same processor with only 1 core active and HT turned on and IS NOT faster than that same processor with 2 cores and hyper-threading off. In other words aside from the higher clock rates an i3 would have been fine!!!!!!
That is not going to change any time soon! People having been making this argument that it is going to happen for YEARS!!!!! The only version of this argument that has EVER come true is back when it has single core vs dual core and at the time you could run your game faster with 1 core off and a higher OC than 2 cores and then FINALLY games started BARELY making use of 2 cores... and there has been NO improvement since.
To my knowledge there are NO games that take advantage of more than 2 cores... if there is I'd like the evidence and it would probably be Crysis 3... that said though it should be easy to find 20 games that make use of 4 cores... but you can't and you def cant find 2 games that make use of 6 or 8.
Please put this one to rest people!!!
To the OP what I tried to say in the very beginning is that the ABSOLUTE cheapest board will provide you with the same exact max overclock on air cooler or AIO cooler. Maybe just a few dollars more might see some difference with well over 1.4v on customer water-loops but you shouldn't really run over 1.4 anyways.
Also don't waste any money on fast RAM... if you can get a Z87M OC Formula on the cheap then I will say that the Z87M OC Formula is easier to OC than any of the other boards I have used... It also has the ability to just run the processor harder and faster without actually doing any actual changes... all auto mode and makes a considerable difference... But that is with ANY Z87 ASROCK board.
There is not a whole lot of reason to buy the Z87M over the Extreme 6 either... so keep that in mind... and unless there is a significant feature you are not going to have a faster processor on the Z87M OC Formula than you would have on the Pro3...This is a cheap build I did for a friend quite a while back on a 2nd gen i5... this is when having decent VRMs still mattered a little bit (doesn't anymore). 4.4GHz OC on Pro3 NO PROBLEMO and he is still running it to this day.