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Review: Intel Core i7-4770K (22nm Haswell)

by Parm Mann on 1 June 2013, 15:01

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Benchmarks: Discrete GPU

Intel Core i7-4770K
Performance Gain/Loss
Intel Core i7-3770K Intel Core i7-2700K AMD A10-5800K
+ 0.5% + 1.9% + 34.8%

Here's an interesting point of discussion. If you're running a high-performance gaming rig, will upgrading to a newer Intel processor deliver a better in-game experience? We've loaded all of our comparison test platforms with a powerful GeForce GTX 780 to see how they all respond, and with the onus on the discrete GPU, it really doesn't matter if you're running a 2700K, 3770K or 4770K. Yet the Intel chips return a level of performance that is fundamentally higher than AMD's.

Intel Core i7-4770K
Performance Gain/Loss
Intel Core i7-3770K Intel Core i7-2700K AMD A10-5800K
+ 0.5% + 0.5% + 7.4%

BioShock Infinite is even less CPU dependent - with a GeForce GTX 780 in tow, you get practically the same experience whether you're running a second-, third- or fourth-generation Core processor.

Intel Core i7-4770K
Performance Gain/Loss
Intel Core i7-3770K Intel Core i7-2700K AMD A10-5800K
+ 4.0% + 5.2% + 40.2%

We see a small gain in DiRT Showdown, but again, this is hardly enough to have gamers rushing out eager to upgrade, though the situation is different for AMD APUs.