3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 28, 2013 4:19 PM by Ruben Ramos

    Advice on processor comparisons


      I am planning on building a new workstation.  I will likely be doing some gaming on it and plan on using a graphics card rather than integrated video.  I had been planning on using an i7-3770 processor, but I am now also considering an i7-3770K or an i7-3970X.  My questions are these:


      1. By performing a side-by-side comparison, it seems that the only difference between the i7-3770 and the i7-3770K is 0.1GHz of clock speed.  Is this, in fact, the only difference?


      2. The i7-3770 is a 3rd generation processor while the i7-3970X is a 2nd generation processor (even though it was released more recently).  While the i7-3970X is clearly more powerful, is there any advantage to the fact that the i7-3770 is 3rd generation vs 2nd generation?  For an extra $700, is there $700 worth of noticeable performance advantage of the i7-3970X vs the i7-3770?


      3. It seems like the two advantages of the i7-3770 over the i7-3970X are 22nm lithography vs 32nm and PCIe 3.0 vs 2.0.  Do either of these make it worth buying the i7-3770 instead of the i7-3970X?  If I am planning on using a graphics card, does the PCIe revision even matter?


      Hopefully some of you will have some good insights for me.  Thanks!



        • 1. Re: Advice on processor comparisons
          Ruben Ramos

          Hi Crash8,


          Please find our responses below:


          1. Aside the clock speed difference, the processor numbers for the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor family have an alpha/numerical identifier followed by a four digit numerical sequence (3xxx), and may have an alpha suffix depending on the processor. The main difference for “K” series is the clock multiplier on the 'K' processors is fully unlocked, allowing for very high overclocks. On the 'non-K' versions, you may only change the turbo-mode multiplier which will allow for slightly higher clock rates when less than all 4 cores are active.


          2. This is a really hard question, but to give you an idea please access the following link http://ark.intel.com/compare/65523,70845


          I did a comparison chart so you can see the specifications of the i7-3970x vs i7-3770k, so you can take your own decision, since Intel® doesn’t benchmark our processors, we cannot give you a detailed explanation how better is one of these processors than the other.


          3. To give an idea, i7-3970x is a Sandy Bridge platform with 2011 socket, based on 32nm lithography and it is for extremely heavy applications like server environments, and the I7-3770k is a Ivy Bridge platform with 1155 socket, based on 22nm for desktop computers. Any of these processors are really powerful and will meet your expectations.


          About the PCIe 3.0 rev. gameplay performance advantages are under 10% over PCIe 2.0 rev. so it will not change the actual gameplay experience, nowadays but maybe will take a huge advantage in the future.

          At the end is your own decision what processor to get, but for gaming purposes the I7-3770k processor will meet all your expectations, and remember that at the time you get a external video card, it will be in charge of all related graphics processing, so make sure you will get a powerful video card as well.

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          • 2. Re: Advice on processor comparisons

            Thank you very much for your response, Ruben!  That is definitely helpful information!

            • 3. Re: Advice on processor comparisons
              Ruben Ramos

              You are very welcome!