Originally Posted by kckyle
with dx12 coming out, games will take more advantage for more cores.
A 4790k can still hit 1000 multi-core, ~200 single core with a not-so-wild overclock (about 4.7-4.8ghz ~ over half of chips do 4.7ghz on 1.35v now). Overall i'd say it's the better CPU, since it's somewhat competitive in multithreaded performance and clearly much stronger for singlethreaded. For some people, singlethreaded performance matters a lot, for others not at all - depends on your uses. That can make or break the CPU choice - where going 4 cores to 6 can be a 50% improvement or a 0% improvement. Meanwhile, going from 4 cores to 4 FASTER cores will improve both low-threaded and high-threaded loads.
Due to Amdahl's law (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amdahl%27s_law
if you're not familiar) it's highly preferable to get to a certain performance level in as few cores as possible, unless working with highly parallel workloads like some forms of rendering and video encoding. If you're doing anything where you can't run code easily and efficiently in parallel across all of your cores, suddenly you run into a huge problem and start seeing significantly lower performance - while somebody with fewer, faster cores will be impacted less - and impacted less often. This isn't a matter of poor optimization or lazy/bad coders; they make these problems more obvious but sharing a load very efficiently between cores can be difficult or even impossible, that's just the way software is and it's not something that a lot of people can ignore. For those people dropping a CPU in somewhere and using it as a rendering vid or a video encoding server, that's nice, you have one less thing to worry about. For a general purpose encoding/gaming/whatever rig, it's a huge concern.
Overall, those x58 xeons are sometimes (or always) available for far lower prices and are compatible with many motherboards that people already have, so they're great. If they were priced at 4790k levels on lga1150 boards, i would not be recommending them but that's not the case Edited by Cyro999 - 5/22/15 at 2:15pm