For our discrete GPU benchmarks, we have split them up into the different GPU configurations we have tested. We have access to both MSI GTX 770 Lightning GPUs and ASUS reference HD 7970s, for SLI and Crossfire respectively. These tests are all run at 1080p and maximum settings, reporting the average and minimum frame rates.

dGPU Benchmarks: 2x MSI GTX770 Lightning

F1 2013

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

F1 2013: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Despite the lack of scaling, moving to dual GPU puts a larger rift between the i3 and the other CPUs for average FPS in 2013.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Bioshock Infinite: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Tomb Raider: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Sleeping Dogs: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

While average FPS takes a ~10% drop from i3 to i5, the same 10 FPS drop is seen in the minimum frame rates but this equates more to a ~20% decline.

Company of Heroes 2

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Company Of Heroes 2: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

Battlefield 4: 1080p Max, 2x GTX 770

When you start adding the GPU horsepower, the i3 core count becomes a hindrance in minimum FPS values for BF4.

dGPU Benchmarks: 1x MSI GTX770 Lightning dGPU Benchmarks: 1x ASUS HD7970
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  • mikato - Thursday, May 15, 2014 - link

    Antronman- your stupid Bing link does not say that being an enthusiast means someone deeply involved in the construction of computers or extreme overclocking. Give me a break, master lamer. Just throwing out a link doesn't make something true. Pretty much everyone reading this article is an enthusiast. Not just that, but he is commenting and listing his computer specs. Come on. Go spread your lame BS somewhere else because I'm all out of patience for it this morning. Reply
  • royalcrown - Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - link

    The one thing I'd upgrade on yours is the 660. Even coming from a 680, I was surprised at the difference between that and my current 780ti. IMO go for a vanilla 780, you'll be pleased I bet. Reply
  • mikato - Thursday, May 15, 2014 - link

    "Because enthusiasts have the money, they will always buy the new parts because they're new."

    Nope. That is some kind of warped perception of reality. Do enthusiasts require the newest part to get through life? Do enthusiasts never build a computer to last a few years? Do enthusiasts have unlimited money, or pretty much care about nothing else in life besides the newest computer parts?

    Please provide bing link to confirm your answers, lol.
    Reply
  • jamescox - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    Not much of interest with this refresh. For most consumers, anything in the last few generations of cpus offer sufficient processing power. I don't think this is going to change until we get a major form-factor change to something more gpu centric. The overclocking chips coming out later may be of interest, but I don't know if I will buy one. I have been wondering if anyone will integrate a thin vapor chamber instead of just a "lid"; this seems like it would handle hot spots and such, but it may not be worthwhile. Reply
  • Samus - Sunday, May 11, 2014 - link

    If my brand new H87 board doesn't run broadwell in 6 months, I'm going back to AMD on principle. Not since the 965/975x has a sequel processor not supported the previous gen chipset with the same socket (in that case, the Intel 30 series chipset, which supported 1333FSB.) That was 7 years ago.

    If Broadwell is simply a die shrink, why the hell would they abandon millions of 80-series motherboards other than to alienate people back to AMD?
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  • KAlmquist - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Actually, you are wrong about that. The B65, Q65, and Q67 chip sets only support Sandy Bridge, not Ivy Bridge. Reply
  • Samus - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Ohh wow yeah...damn intel are bastards with this crap. A new chipset just to support a die shrink? Reply
  • Ramon Zarat - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    Artificial market segmentation is indeed an highly anti-consumer business practice, especially when abused to the extent Intel do it. Reply
  • hasseb64 - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    5 years ago, this release would have been a single news flash not an article, not blaming the sites, because there are no news/momentum in DIY-PC anymore. Reply
  • milkMADE - Monday, May 12, 2014 - link

    I think you meant i7 4790k...as the non k is 4790.

    "To that end, Intel is going to release ‘Devil’s Canyon’ in due course. Devil’s Canyon has no official SKU name yet (i7-4970K or i7-4770X are my best guesses)"

    4970k would make me think the successor to the 4960x ivybridge-e 6core.
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