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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz is significantly better than the AMD FX-8350 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i7-4770 4-Core was released less than a year after the FX-8350, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The FX-8350 has 4 more cores than the Core i7-4770 4-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-4770 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the FX-8350, it would seem to be a decent choice.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i7-4770 4-Core and FX-8350 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the FX-8350 has a 0.6 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the FX-8350.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The FX-8350 has a 7168 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-4770 4-Core, and the two CPUs have the same L3 cache size, so the FX-8350 wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i7-4770 4-Core has a 41 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the FX-8350, and was created with a 10 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-4770 4-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i7-4770 4-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The FX-8350, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameHaswellVishera
MoBo SocketLGA 1150Socket AM3+
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date02 Jun 201323 Oct 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs8
Clock Speed3.4 GHzvs4 GHz
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Max TDP84 Wvs125 W
Lithography22 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width-vs-
Virtualization Technologyyesvsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs8192 KB
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L3 Cache Size8 MBvs8 MB
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 4600 Desktopno
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1200 MHzvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm Haswell architecture.
It packs 4 physical Cores (8 logical) initially clocked at 3.4GHz whose frequencies will go up to 3.9GHz in Single Mode. The max power drawn is of 84W.
It features integrated graphics called Intel HD 4600 that can have the central unit clocked up to 1200MHz (in Turbo Mode) and the fastest memory supported is DDR3-1600.
Paired with the appropriate graphics card, even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
We call it the new AMD FX 8-Core Processor Black Edition and it’s unlocked for your overclocking pleasure. Experience unmatched multitasking and pure core performance with the industry’s first 32nm 8-core desktop processor. Get the speed you crave with AMD Turbo CORE Technology to push your core frequencies to the limit when you need it most. Go beyond the limits of maximum speed with easy-to-use AMD OverDrive™ and AMD Catalyst Control Center™ software suites. But the best part of all? You’ll get all this impressive performance at an unbelievable price. You’ll be asking yourself “what competition?” in no time.

Vendor-Specific Features

Intel Quick Sync VideoAMD Power Management
Intel InTru 3DAMD Business Class
Intel InsiderAMD Black Edition
Intel Wireless Display
Intel Flexible Display
Intel Clear Video HD
Intel vPro
Intel Hyper-Threading
Intel Virt. Tech. for Directed I/O
Intel Trusted Execution
AES New Instructions
Intel Anti-Theft
Idle States
Intel SpeedStep
Thermal Monitoring
Execute Disable Bit
Intel VT-x with EPT
Embedded Options