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z87 vs x99 - Should I upgrade to X99 from z87 or should I wait?

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Hey everyone I have a z87 mobo and I wanted to know should I upgrade to an x99 chipset since Slylake doesn't have a notable performance gain, keep the z87 or should I wait for Kabylake or Canonlake performance numbers?

Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.
post #2 of 8
Well, it depends on what you're doing with your computer but none of those options are truly an upgrade unless you need additional cores. Kaby Lake and Cannonlake will also not be good upgrades for you either. Skylake-X might be worth your while, but only if you need the additional cores.
post #3 of 8
Unless you absolutely need more cores/threads for multi-threaded tasks like rendering or compression, and assuming you were going to go 5820K and not higher, I don't think you'll really benefit too greatly from the upgrade. Unless of course you're also going to make use of PCIe 3.0, USB 3.1 and M.2 etc.

I don't know what rig/CPU you've got, and I'm gonna assume that you've already OC'd it. If you do really need more threads, you could always get a used 47XX and also OC that, snappier performance if you haven't got one; SSD?

Ultimately it depends on what you're looking for with CPU/threaded performance, as stated in the above post. If it's just gaming, and your CPU is maxed, GPU would be a better step up firstly.
 
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post #4 of 8
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I currently have a 4770k and an Asus z87 pro

Also wanted to get either a 1080 FTW OR Classy and finally 2 or 3 2560x1440 monitors

Was hoping to run the 1080s when I get them in 2way sli with or without water blocks. Still deciding between leaving them air cooled or putting them under water so x16 pcie 3.0 times two which is why I was considering 5930k CPU for the lanes since I game, stream and benchmark
Edited by islandgam3r - 9/30/16 at 5:14am
post #5 of 8
You can run SLI with your processor just fine as long as you don't have anything else using PCI-e lanes. You also don't need to make the jump all the way up to an i7-5930K. The i7-5820K would probably suit your needs just fine.
post #6 of 8
I have been using my z77 & i5 3570K for SOOO long now. Never really had a reason to upgrade or change. It has been working beautifully for years on a moderate overclock and aircooling. My GPU has always been the bottleneck and have been through atleast 3 GPU upgrades over the life of having my z77 & ivy-bridge. Currently using a new GTX 1070 and still see no signs from my CPU bottlenecking me in anything.

I know this may not add much to your specific question but I personally wouldn't go for the upgrade unless you know for sure you need it. Not sure if you do real CPU intensive things but I am mainly a gamer and have been perfectly fine with my setup. I would spend that money on something that would net you more of a noticeable upgrade.
post #7 of 8
Hi, here are my thoughts. You can't go wrong with the x99 if you're multitasking heavily on your PC. On the other hand the 4770k is a top-notch cpu and you probably won't notice much difference while doing routine, single-core jobs. If you feel you need to upgrade though you should most likely do and not wait for the next gen chips. You've already seen for yourself that you need more lanes for the SLI setup. My only suggestion would be to consider the broadwell-e cpus if you go the x99 way.
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post #8 of 8
They only need more PCI-e lanes if they're running SLI with additional add-in cards. And opting for Broadwell-E over Haswell-E is a waste of money. The performance difference doesn't justify the cost premium.

I think it will be worth waiting for Skylake-X given the chipset advancements from Z97 to Z170. I expect similar advancement from X99 to X290.
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