Ivy Bridge-E versus Haswell-E and the gang

Subject: Processors | March 17, 2015 - 03:20 PM |
Tagged: Ivy Bridge-E, Intel, i7-4970K, i7-4960X, i7-4770k, Haswell-E

TechPowerUp has put together a quick overview of the differences of Intel's current offerings for your reference when purchasing a new machine or considering an upgrade.  The older i7-4770K would run you $310 as compared to $338 for the i7-4790K or $385 for an i7-5820K while the i7-4960X would set you back $1025.  Is it worth upgrading your machine if you have an older Haswell, or going full hog to pick up the $1000 flagship model?  The results are presented in a handy format and while perhaps not an in depth review the results are quite striking, especially the performance while gaming.

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"We review the Haswell-E lineup by pitting all its processors against each other and the Ivy Bridge-E Intel Core i7-4960X, Haswell Refresh Intel Core i7-4970K, and Haswell Intel Core i7-4770K. If you are looking to build a high-end gaming PC, or are looking to upgrade, then look no further: This review will tell you which CPU you will want to get to cover your needs."

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March 17, 2015 | 05:40 PM - Posted by xseries

4970k? :))

March 17, 2015 | 07:16 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

perfectly reasonable PCU, don't you know ;)

March 17, 2015 | 07:54 PM - Posted by Crazycanukk

I went for the gusto and the 5960x. More then i need..absolutely. It has come in handy with the video encoding i do and blasts through those jobs in ridiculously fast times.

My other reasons for blowing the bank on the 5960x..games and game engines are starting to use multiple cores and going forward the more the better will be the rule and not the exception. The Witcher 3's engine apparently will easily use multiple cores and BF4's frostbite engine lights up multiple cpu cores as well.

+ i figure this build should get me into 5-6 years easily without needing an upgrade. My last build is still going at my cottage and it still breezes through everything i throw at it..

March 17, 2015 | 10:09 PM - Posted by praack

i just have trouble with 1000K part

but then again- if you have already dropped 500 on the Mboard, 1000 on 2 vid cards, 400 for SSD's in raid and another 540 for 2 6TB red drives- then maybe a grand for the chip is not far off.....

March 18, 2015 | 09:59 AM - Posted by Crazycanukk

when i ran the numbers for my upgrade..I weighed the time i expected to keep this system viable and as you said overall cost of the other parts i was looking at. in the end..the $500 i spent extra i think was worth it i felt. Its most definitely overkill and some games i worried my cpu is going to email me and say its bored..lol...but 5 years from now it will still be a more then viable system and i am fully expecting games to be using the multiple cores of my cpu more and more.

March 17, 2015 | 10:50 PM - Posted by lala (not verified)

I presume they use Handbrake 0.9.9 for benchmark consistency.

I'd be interested to know what kind of Handbrake FPS readers are getting using Haswell-E cpu's using the latest version, a high profile or custom settings and the NLMeans noise reduction.

March 18, 2015 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Still rocking a 2600k, no need to upgrade for years to come.

March 18, 2015 | 03:15 PM - Posted by larsoncc

I wish they would have thrown in some Sandy Bridge parts as well! (I'm on a Sandy E part)

Measurements like this would be really useful as far as looking at using an older platform to create a "bargain" box - a super cheap Xeon on the X79 platform (decommed from a server no doubt) would be a great place to start given the amount of headroom the platform would then provide.

Regardless, great article. I'd like to see more comparisons like this.

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