It's the best currently for the mainstream intel market, with prices failing even better. Plus u can get more usability in its relvant lifespan
but is an i5 worthy upgrade from my x58 i7 960?
Not true. Many games scale well beyond 4 threads now.
Sure, when running low resolutions. These games are still gpu bound which means upgrading passed an i3 well net you no real noticeable differences.
And how many is many? It's still rare to see a game scale more than two threads.
He probably means recent games, most do scale beyond 4 cores now. As you mentioned we just don't really see the impact because at high resolution a lot of games are still GPU bound... unless you have 3x Titans or something.
Also, the new consoles have 8 cores, in order to get the most out of those systems developers have finally been forced to scale beyond 4 cores. So basically any new console ports will use those extra cores.
I wish to upgrade my rig and looked at a 4790k all summer , now the price has hits a sub 300$ in canada ( woop woop) and even the price of ddr3 is slightly lower.
Is it still a worthy upgrade even with the new cpu release?
You mean, a few select high profile games scale past 4 cores. Not most. Not even close.