Originally Posted by jameyscott
That's a misconception. Sure, it is probably easier to hit 5.0 on a SB chip, but Haswell isn't a completely mature chip like SB is. I have had two 4770k's and a 4670k. The 4770k's b both did 4.7Ghz with respectable voltages and the 4670k did 4.6 with respectable voltages. Haswell is about 20% faster because of IPC improvements, but that honestly isn't much considering the changes in performance we have seen in the past. The CPU market has become kind of stale in a sense that we have seen generation performance changes we have seen in the past (first gen i series to SB for instance)
Ohh I understand. The changes from sandy to ivy to haswell have all been incremental, and not huge.
But with all of that being said, you still say going from sandy to haswell is not a huge jump. So with the Roughly 20% IPC boost the sandy would have to hit 5.5 to match the 4670k at 4.6.
So would you also agree that in just gaming, having a sandy bridge cpu is more than adequate even today for gaming and in real world use?
Is it worth spending $200 on a new cpu and almost $200 on another motherboard just to get that little bump? I would say no, unless the op has to be on the absolute bleeding edge, which is fine too.
In the end I would say overclock that cpu as far as it can go, see if you can get a z77 motherboard for cheap if it is really bothering you.