what are the gaming benefits of an i7 over an i5?

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#1 Edited by Legend002 (13403 posts) -

How much better is i7 than the i5 with gaming and everything else in general? I am not familiar with this PC territory but I spent the extra $100 to replace my i5.

Old: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

New: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

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#2 Posted by GTR12 (13457 posts) -

@Legend002:

For gaming 0.00000000000000000000000000000005% or there abouts.

Video/photo/music editing or CAD programs, it helps a lot.

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#3 Edited by PredatorRules (12408 posts) -

@Legend002 said:

How much better is i7 than the i5 with gaming and everything else in general? I am not familiar with this PC territory but I spent the extra $100 to replace my i5.

Old: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

New: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

None, go spend your money elsewhere.

None that worth the extra 100$ that is.

I don't believe that 2-5 extra fps in gaming worth the extra 100$ thank you =)

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#4 Edited by FelipeInside (28548 posts) -

@PredatorRules said:

@Legend002 said:

How much better is i7 than the i5 with gaming and everything else in general? I am not familiar with this PC territory but I spent the extra $100 to replace my i5.

Old: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

New: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

None, go spend your money elsewhere.

None that worth the extra 100$ that is.

I don't believe that 2-5 extra fps in gaming worth the extra 100$ thank you =)

I wouldn't discount so fast an i7 over an i5.

It depends a lot on what types of games you're gonna play.

Things like RTS, MMOs and Simulators are very CPU bound, so when things get really heavy and busy onscreen, the i7 is going to handle it better than an i5.

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#5 Posted by I_Return (873 posts) -

Not a good upgrade right now but might be in the future. As games get more cpu/core intensive in the future, you might want an i7 3-4 years from now. So, not worth the $100 if all you're gonna do is just gaming.

@FelipeInside said:

@PredatorRules said:

None, go spend your money elsewhere.

None that worth the extra 100$ that is.

I don't believe that 2-5 extra fps in gaming worth the extra 100$ thank you =)

I wouldn't discount so fast an i7 over an i5.

It depends a lot on what types of games you're gonna play.

Things like RTS, MMOs and Simulators are very CPU bound, so when things get really heavy and busy onscreen, the i7 is going to handle it better than an i5.

But still the i5 handles them fine. A 10-15 fps drop or boost doesn't justify a $100 upgrade. Even though, you've got a valid point. I'd better spend those $100 on getting a good heatsink and OC'ing my current CPU and doing some other tweaks here and there.

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#6 Edited by PredatorRules (12408 posts) -

@FelipeInside said:

@PredatorRules said:

@Legend002 said:

How much better is i7 than the i5 with gaming and everything else in general? I am not familiar with this PC territory but I spent the extra $100 to replace my i5.

Old: Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core

New: Intel Core i7-4790K 4.0GHz Quad-Core

None, go spend your money elsewhere.

None that worth the extra 100$ that is.

I don't believe that 2-5 extra fps in gaming worth the extra 100$ thank you =)

I wouldn't discount so fast an i7 over an i5.

It depends a lot on what types of games you're gonna play.

Things like RTS, MMOs and Simulators are very CPU bound, so when things get really heavy and busy onscreen, the i7 is going to handle it better than an i5.

Nay, i5 FTW.

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#7 Posted by deactivated-579f651eab962 (5404 posts) -

I sold my 3770k to a mate and he noticed a big difference over his 2500k also don't look at average framerates it's more about higher minimums.

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#8 Edited by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

Turning on my additional threads on my i7 nets me like...3 FPS average in games. It's pretty cool I guess. Not really convinced games take much advantage of the extra threads. God damn my 930 is getting old.

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#9 Edited by Old_Gooseberry (3957 posts) -

if games ever start using all 8 threads on an i7 then i'd say it's worth it. but by the look of those benchmarks above, the only game that gives some benefit was battlefield 3 cause it uses more then 4 threads in it.

but also those games on those benchmarks were on last gen... many of the ps4 and xbox one ports will make use of the i7, so upgrading won't be a waste for that.

maybe you should just keep the i5 and wait for the 6th gen intel cpus, cause those may be out in a year or so. I'd say wait probably. I think it'd be worth uprading to 6th gen for sure by then... the current 5th gen intel cpus are good but performance is not improved over 3rd or 4th gen by anything much. And also a year or so from now there will be some games that actually use the i7 more.

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#11 Posted by PredatorRules (12408 posts) -

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