CPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 4770K vs 3930K

Performance

Benchmark performance using all cores

Cinebench R11.5, Cinebench R10 32-bit, Passmark, GeekBench (32-bit) and 1 more

Single-core Performance

Individual core benchmark performance

Cinebench R11.5 (1-core), Cinebench R10 32-bit (1-core) and 1 more

Overclocking

How much speed can you get out of the processor?

Passmark (Overclocked), Unlocked, Maximum Overclocked Clock Speed (Air) and 2 more

Value

Are you paying a premium for performance?

Performance Per Dollar

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Differences What are the advantages of each

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Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Much better SysMark 2007 overall score 341 vs 275 Around 25% better SysMark 2007 overall score
Newer manufacturing process 22 nms vs 32 nms A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Much lower typical power consumption 68.25W vs 172.6W 2.5x lower typical power consumption
Higher clock speed 3.5 GHz vs 3.2 GHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Much better SysMark 2007 productivity score 289 vs 248 More than 15% better SysMark 2007 productivity score
Significantly higher Maximum Operating Temperature 72.72 °C vs 66.8 °C Around 10% higher Maximum Operating Temperature
Significantly better performance per watt 13.42 pt/W vs 6.06 pt/W Around 2.2x better performance per watt
Significantly better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score 7,491 vs 4,731 Around 60% better cinebench r10 32Bit 1-core score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,165 vs 1,949 More than 10% better PassMark (Single core) score
Better performance per dollar 3.65 pt/$ vs 2.16 pt/$ Around 70% better performance per dollar
Much lower annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year vs 56.96 $/year 2.8x lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year vs 177.83 $/year 2.4x lower annual commercial energy cost
Marginally newer Jun, 2013 vs Nov, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Slightly better PassMark (Overclocked) score 6,694.4 vs 6,119.5 Around 10% better PassMark (Overclocked) score
Slightly better SysMark 2007 3D score 299 vs 293 Almost the same
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Significantly more l3 cache 12 MB vs 8 MB 50% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
More l2 cache 2 MB vs 1 MB 2x more l2 cache; more data can be stored in the l2 cache for quick access later
Supports more RAM 65,536 MB vs 32,768 MB Supports 2x more RAM
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
Better geekbench (64-bit) score 20,760 vs 15,976 Around 30% better geekbench (64-bit) score
Better PassMark score 12,084 vs 10,016 More than 20% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark11 physics score 11,200 vs 9,140 Around 25% better 3DMark11 physics score
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.73 GHz vs 4.48 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Slightly more l2 cache per core 0.33 MB/core vs 0.25 MB/core Around 35% more l2 cache per core
Slightly better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.93 GHz vs 4.68 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 4770K vs 3930K

GeekBench (32-bit)

3D Mark 11 (Physics)

Core i7 4770K Core i7 3930K @ community.futuremark.com
Futuremark 3DMark has three primary benchmark tests that you can run and which test you should be running depends on the system that you are benchmarking on.
Core i7 4770K | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2013)

Cinebench R11.5

Cinebench R11.5 (Single Core)

sysmark 2007 (overall)

Core i7 4770K Core i7 3930K @ anandtech.com

Passmark

Core i7 4770K Core i7 3930K @ cpubenchmark.net
If you look closer at the results for Cloud Gate you'll see that AMD won in the graphics tests, but lost in the Physics test, so Futuremark 3DMark must have more weight on the physics test than the GPU test in this test scenario.
Core i7 4770K | by Legit Reviews (Jun, 2013)

Reviews Word on the street

Core i7 4770K  vs 3930K 

7.0
9.0
s Core i7-3930K processor represents an unparalleled combination of price and performance for use on the X79 Express platform.
Core i7 3930K

7.0
8.0
And despite the fact it's over £300 cheaper than the top end chip, the Core i7 3930K is still an incredibly pricey processor.
Core i7 3930K

Overall

7.8 Out of 10
9.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

summary

Core i7 4770K  vs
3930K 
Clock speed 3.5 GHz 3.2 GHz
Turbo clock speed 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Is unlocked Yes Yes
Is hyperthreaded Yes Yes

features

Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has vitualization support Yes Yes
Instruction-set-extensions
MMX
SSE
SSE4.2
AVX
SSE3
FMA3
SSE2
EM64T
F16C
Supplemental SSE3
SSE4.1
SSE4
AVX 2.0
AES
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

gpu

GPU GPU None
Label Intel® HD Graphics 4600 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,250 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
DDR3-1600
DDR3-1333
DDR3-1066
Channels Dual Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum bandwidth 25,600 MB/s 51,200 MB/s
Maximum memory size 32,768 MB 65,536 MB

details

Core i7 4770K  vs
3930K 
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 12
L2 cache 1 MB 2 MB
L2 cache per core 0.25 MB/core 0.33 MB/core
L3 cache 8 MB 12 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2 MB/core
Manufacture process 22 nms 32 nms
Max CPUs 1 1
Operating temperature Unknown - 72.72°C Unknown - 66.8°C

overclocking

Overclock popularity 205 598
Overclock review score 1 4.5
Overclocked clock speed 4.48 GHz 4.73 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.68 GHz 4.93 GHz
PassMark (Overclocked) 6,694.4 6,119.5
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.48 GHz 4.73 GHz

power consumption

TDP 84W 130W
Annual home energy cost 20.24 $/year 56.96 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 73.58 $/year 177.83 $/year
Performance per watt 13.42 pt/W 6.06 pt/W
Typical power consumption 68.25W 172.6W

bus

Architecture DMI DMI
Number of links 0 1
Transfer rate 5,000 MT/s 5,000 MT/s
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Comments

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I still use Core2Duo
They do...it just comes out later than the first release of their new cpus :p
Intel does not produce 6 cores processors for desktop anymore?
A fantastic review. I was wondering witch cpu to get and this has now given me the answer. Short fall of it is the i7 4770K Haswell. Reason why? Well its all down to the memory. I want to use a Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H motherboard and this board only supports up to 32GB. The i7 3930K Sandybridge-E supports up to 64GB and that would be wasted. It is also £200 more and looking at these results there is not a massive amount of difference. With trying to keep costs down the Haswell fits in nicely with my budget
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