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Is my 4.2ghz 4930k holding me back on gaming performance?

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Things to keep in mind - I don't actually need the extra cores for anything else, this is purely about gaming performance. The reason I have a six-core processor in the first place is irrelevant right now.

My 4930k can only do about 4.2ghz (at 1.25v) - anything higher requires huge jumps in voltage and my temps get way too high. I can't even do 4.5 @ 1.35 and when I attempt to stress it with intel burn test, the temps near 90 degrees before failing.

Anyway, I just upgraded from a gtx 970 to a 1070 and I feel like I barely got any real gains in more cpu-bound games like WoW - which I was expecting (duh, cpu-bound), but not to such an extreme extent. I know the extra cores on the 4930k are typically pointless as far as gaming goes, so Is my cpu holding me back since I can only do 4.2ghz compared to something newer like a 6600/6700k that can easily do 4.5 or 5ghz? Would there be a big difference in performance for more cpu-bound games? It's harder to find gaming benchmarks for the old 4930k these days, but if I'm not mistaken, I remember it being slightly slower than an equally clocked 4770k in most gaming benchmarks. Again, I don't actually need the extra cores - I'm just concerned about gaming performance.
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WoW is like a 12 year old game, and the 4930K is only around 3 years old and was a fairly high-end component for its time.
The WoW engine is bad; it can only use 2 cpu cores, and can't make use of much more than a mid-range 600-series card.

The performance you're getting in WoW should be about as good as it gets.
I guess you could hunt down a CPU that has slightly better single core performance than the 4930K and build a rig exclusively for playing WoW.... but I'd hope you have something better to do with your money haha.

Could also be something up with how you have set up your overclock. It is possible to increase/overclock the CPU frequency and have reduced performance in games as a result. Maybe try bumping your Vcore from 1.25 up to 1.27 or 1.29 and seeing if your fps improves.



Also might be good to lower expectations: 5Ghz from the 6700K might not happen "easily" - if you do go ahead and do the full system upgrade.
Edited by spinFX - 8/11/16 at 11:39pm
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