My 4770k and my 4930k - What to do

clayton006

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I'll try and keep this brief...

So my previous 3930k bit the dust last year, and with my protection plan from a retailer I was able to upgrade to a 4930k. Great!

About 6 months ago my ASRock extreme x79 extreme 11 took a dive (which I find out later may not have actually been the case). Since the RMA process took about two weeks. I took my Haswell system (4770k@4.5 - Asus Maximus VI Extreme) and put it in my water cooled case with my Titans so I could still play games in the meantime. After I got my ASRock board back I decided to leave the systems like they were as I didn't want to fool around with another mobo / cpu / storage swap between systems.

I'm now thinking that I may be losing out on some gaming performance. In my 4930k system I have more memory (32GB Installed), more memory bandwidth, two more cores, slightly less IPC (but I can clock at the same speed as my haswell easily), and more PCI-E lanes.

About PCI-E lanes, both motherboards have PLX switches on them. The x79 uses two of them to give 16x to each slot (and a dedicated 8 lanes to the LSI Raid). The z87 board uses one PLX switch to give me up to 4-way SLI period.

The z87 Haswell system is newer tech, faster IPC, "seems" to run games at roughly the same speed, less memory total, less memory bandwidth.

Question:
Do you think it would be worth the hassle to move my 4930k system back to the water cooled components (my 3 Titans, CPU water cooler) and would I see any benefit from that? If I turn my page file off I know that I will see a benefit in games (due to the fact that a lot of games I play at 4k go past the committed size of 16GB ram pretty quick).

Thoughts?
 

KILLER_K

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If you can use all the cores then yes. The 4770k is pretty close to the 4930k in apps that on use 4 cores. 16x vs 8x has already been shown to make hardly no difference to begin with. It honestly boils down to what you feel you need to make it through the day with.

Why not take the 4930k and just put a heat sink/fan on it and just test it against the 4770k. As then all you would be doing was swapping out gpus for the test. Unless all of those have a block on them also. There is maybe a handful of games that use more than 4 cores now. It just again boils down to what you need and if you can take advantage of it. Plus 2011 is eol now also. Still a beast of a machine though.
 

clayton006

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If you can use all the cores then yes. The 4770k is pretty close to the 4930k in apps that on use 4 cores. 16x vs 8x has already been shown to make hardly no difference to begin with. It honestly boils down to what you feel you need to make it through the day with.

Why not take the 4930k and just put a heat sink/fan on it and just test it against the 4770k. As then all you would be doing was swapping out gpus for the test. Unless all of those have a block on them also. There is maybe a handful of games that use more than 4 cores now. It just again boils down to what you need and if you can take advantage of it. Plus 2011 is eol now also. Still a beast of a machine though.

Yeah I would do that test if my Titans weren't all on water as well. If I get bored some weekend I may do some back to back testing.
 
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