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i5 4690K vs i7 4790K For Gaming?

For gaming, which one of these would be the best? I'm unsure if the $100 price difference between the two is justified by the performance increase. I'm looking to play the newest AAA titles at 1440p on ultra settings, which one of these is best for me?
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  1. with or without an OC? Even without I do not think the price difference is justified overall.
  2. Xeon E3 1231 is the processor you want. :) It's the i7 with no integrated graphics, slightly lower clock speed and no overclocking, price close to i5 4690k.
  3. not many games utilise hyperthreading, just get the i5
  4. If you want a locked quad core, you can skip the hyperthreading and go with an i5 4590 for about $60 less than the 1231v3.
  5. Anonymous said:
    Xeon E3 1231 is the processor you want. :) It's the i7 with no integrated graphics, slightly lower clock speed and no overclocking, price close to i5 4690k.


    I would not recommend getting a Xeon for gaming. Yes, most people when looking at Xeon would think that they would be perfect for gaming. The problem is that Xeon processors are specifically designed for running servers, so they become pretty inadequate for gaming.

    For gaming i5s and i7s are not a whole lot different. i7s extra features are more towards rendering because games dont normally utilize the virtual cores that the i7 contains, whereas rendering problems, like 3ds Max will.
  6. If you're strictly gaming and using your cpu for basic purposes, then 4690k. If you're planning on doing a little more than that, then go with the 4790k.

    You wont notice any performance difference in your games using one or the other. You'll only see the difference in activities and programs that are heavy on the cpu, and in benchmarks.
  7. I might OC a little. Even though I'm new to PC gaming, I'll try it. And yeah, I'll basically just be gaming. I don't edit or render or anything else.
  8. Gizmotist said:
    Anonymous said:
    Xeon E3 1231 is the processor you want. :) It's the i7 with no integrated graphics, slightly lower clock speed and no overclocking, price close to i5 4690k.


    I would not recommend getting a Xeon for gaming. Yes, most people when looking at Xeon would think that they would be perfect for gaming. The problem is that Xeon processors are specifically designed for running servers, so they become pretty inadequate for gaming.

    For gaming i5s and i7s are not a whole lot different. i7s extra features are more towards rendering because games dont normally utilize the virtual cores that the i7 contains, whereas rendering problems, like 3ds Max will.


    Not true, the Xeon 1231 is basically an i7 4770. It's perfectly capable of gaming. This Xeon is a Haswell Refresh.
  9. Best answer
    teflon66 said:
    For gaming, which one of these would be the best? I'm unsure if the $100 price difference between the two is justified by the performance increase. I'm looking to play the newest AAA titles at 1440p on ultra settings, which one of these is best for me?


    Both will game well, but the big differences comes when someone does MORE then gaming. If your doing alot of things WHILE gaming at the same time the i7 with more cores helps with the multitasking MORE than a i5 would, and having enough RAM (16GB) to accommodate all the 'extras'. So your on TeamSpeak, streaming iTunes in the background, watching your FB, checking email, protecting the system with Antivirus, running the Gaming and Sound apps to optimize the game and sounds settings, all while gaming, you will creep to the max part on a i5 and many times over it's capability.

    Now if your planning to Twitch.TV or Steam stream then YES you absolutely need a i7 to do all the video capturing, audio capturing, bundling it into the broadcast signal and stream it out ALL REAL TIME with as little impact on your gaming as possible (not really possible as all the Top Twitchers tell you you drop 50% FPS when streaming) you need a multicore system like a i7 to do all that Heavy work.
  10. synphul said:
    If you want a locked quad core, you can skip the hyperthreading and go with an i5 4590 for about $60 less than the 1231v3.


    Absolutely a valid point but my suggestion is based on OP's post and the Xeon 1231 is definitely the best choice between the two. :)
  11. The op asked between the 4690k and 4790k. What does that have to do with the 1231v3 xeon? If looking at locked quad cores I think a 4590 is absolutely valid and much less expensive. Hyperthreading comes at a much greater cost to benefit ratio. 4590 to xeon 1231v3, $60 for hyperthreading and slightly less clock speed. The 4690k to 4790k, $100 price premium for hyperthreading and slightly faster stock clocks out of the box. Any additional speed can easily be made up by the slightly higher oc headroom the 4690k has over the 4790k. In terms of gaming especially, a 50% price increase isn't really worth the hyperthreading's roughly 10% give or take performance bump in only some scenarios. Even in higher threaded applications the i5's hang right up there with the i7's, especially when the speeds are evened out and shows just how narrow the performance gains are from hyperthreading.
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