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4770k on Maximus VI Extreme or 4930k on Rampage IV extreme with TRI-FIRE 290X for 4k

Poll Results: Which CPU/Mobo would you use with three R9 290X GPUs

 
  • 0% (0)
    Intel 4770k on Asus Maximum VI Extreme
  • 100% (1)
    Intel 4930k on Asus Rampage IV Extreme
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post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
Hello,

Thanks to a generous income tax refund, I'm building myself a kickass 4k rig. I'm picking up parts as I see good prices and availability.

I already have three PowerColor R9 290x PCS+ video cards arriving today (ironically, at $579CDN, about $530US, these are the cheapest 290X cards in Canada right now, even cheaper than reference designs). I also have a 4k monitor to pair them with. I'll most likely get waterblocks for them and build a custom wartecooling loop, but I'm not at that stage yet. But anyways, GPU-wise, I'm set smile.gif

I also just received an EVGA SuperNova G2 1300W power supply to make sure nothign runs out of juice. Everything's going into a Corsair Carbide 540 Air case.

Now I need to decide on motherboard/CPU. I'm a big fan of ASUS, because they've always provided me with trouble-free boards for many years (which I cannot say for other brands such as EVGA for example). I also like Gigabyte, but they're not really into the high-end boards though.

The two main options I'm looking at at right now are:

-Intel 4770k on Asus Maximum VI Extreme
-Intel 4930k on Asus Rampage IV Extreme


I'm not too concerned about the price difference between the two options.

From my research, the advantages of the 4770k are: higher IPC, more modern chipset with native USB3 and more SATA3 ports. Disadvantages are 4 cores vs. 6, significantly less PCIe lanes, which can be a bottleneck despite using PLX, and possible thermal restrictions because of the way the heat spreader is installed on the chip.

Advantages of the 4930k are 2 extra cores and lots of PCIe lanes to work with. Quad-channel RAM may be useful, but I'm not sure how much of a boost it really is. Disadvantages are: old chipset with no on-board USB3 and only two SATA3 ports, lower IPC than haswell.


I'm not sure which of the two options would overclock better; that might be a consideration too.

Opinions are welcome! Perhaps I should start a build log also smile.gif
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EK Supremacy CPU WaterBlock EK FC-R9-290 Waterblocks (x3) DDC Pump (PWM-controlled) EK X-RES 250mm reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX240 cross-flow radiators (x2) Darkside 120mm radiator Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450RPM fans (x4) NZXT Variable-speed fan 
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post #2 of 4
With 670FTW, 680 Lightning, and 780Ti Classifieds, the difference with just2 cards iisn't huge, but once a third card is added, the X79 is simply better equipped for such configs, and the performance scales better.
   
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WD10EALX 1TB HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1TB WD3200AAKS 320GB HDD WD5000HHTZ 10krpm 500GB VelociRaptor 
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LG/Hitachi Slim DVD-R/W Custom MB-Backside VRM-sinks (Copper) 3x NZXT RF-FX140LB 1-2krpm 98.3CFM Case Fans 2x Corsair SP120-PE Case Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
Heatkiller GTX680 "Hole Edition" Block + Backplate XSPC Single-Bay Res (Single 5.25 bay) EK Multioption Res X2 - Advanced 150 DD "Fill-Port Res" + Fill-Port Fitting (Red) 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
2x MCP35X + Heatsinks/80x15mm Fan XSPC EX420 Alphacool NeXXos UT60 240 6x Bgears Blasters 140mm 1800rpm Fans 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
4x Koolance 120x25mm 2600rpm Fans Comp/Rotary Fittings (BP/XSPC/Monsoon) Primoflex Pro LRT - White (1/2x3/4) Windows 7 Professional 64bit  
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post #3 of 4
I had the Maximus VI formula and a Maximus VI Extreme with a very poor overclocking 4770k at 4.5ghz 1.4v and i wasn't greatly impressed with it, but i wasn't un happy with it either, the Formula i sold, and the Extreme died with the 4770k, both got replaced via RMA.

I now have a 3930k (like 5% slower then a 4930k) and a Sabertooth X79 at 5Ghz and im extremely happy with this setup, it just seems to run smoother and i have had way less problems.
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I ended up splurging and getting the Rampage IV Black edition. X79 was the way to go with the 3 GPUs, and I liked some of the new features of the Black, as well as the look.

Now to decide on a CPU. I'm actually leaning towards the 4820k, because from what I read, it has better overclocking potential than the 4930k, and the 2 extra cores will most likely make no difference at all in gaming performance.
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CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU WaterBlock EK FC-R9-290 Waterblocks (x3) DDC Pump (PWM-controlled) EK X-RES 250mm reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX240 cross-flow radiators (x2) Darkside 120mm radiator Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450RPM fans (x4) NZXT Variable-speed fan 
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GraphicsRAMHard DriveHard Drive
PowerColor Radeon 290X PCS+ G.Skill Trident X DDR3-2400 Samsung 840EVO 250GB Seagate Barracuda 3TB 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK Supremacy CPU WaterBlock EK FC-R9-290 Waterblocks (x3) DDC Pump (PWM-controlled) EK X-RES 250mm reservoir 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
XSPC EX240 cross-flow radiators (x2) Darkside 120mm radiator Scythe Gentle Typhoon 1450RPM fans (x4) NZXT Variable-speed fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 Pro Samsung U28D590D Mionix Zibal 60 EVGA SuperNova G2 1300W 
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Corsair Carbide Air 540 Mionix NAOS 5000 
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