|Recommended System Requirements|
|Game||Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz||FX-8350|
|Watch Dogs 2||38%||25%|
|Forza Horizon 3||14%||4%|
|Mass Effect Andromeda||32%||17%|
|Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands||18%||0%|
|Resident Evil 7||8%||12%|
|Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||24%||8%|
In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz is massively 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.
Both the Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz and the AMD FX-8350 have the same number of threads. The FX-8350 has one thread per physical core, whereas the Core i7-4770 4-Core uses hyperthreading and has 2 logical threads per physical core.
Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.
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.
|MoBo Socket||LGA 1150||Socket AM3+|
|Release Date||02 Jun 2013||23 Oct 2012|
|CPU Link||GD Link||GD Link|
|Clock Speed||3.4 GHz||vs||4 GHz|
|Turbo Frequency||3.9 GHz||vs||4.2 GHz|
|Max TDP||84 W||vs||125 W|
|Lithography||22 nm||vs||32 nm|
|Bit Width||64 Bit||vs||64 Bit|
|L1 Cache Size||256 KB||vs||384 KB|
|L2 Cache Size||1024 KB||vs||8192 KB|
|L2 Cache Speed||-||vs||-|
|L3 Cache Size||8 MB||vs||8 MB|
|Max Memory Size||-||vs||-|
|ECC Memory Support||no||vs||no|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop|
|Base GPU Frequency||400 MHz||vs||-|
|Max GPU Frequency||1250 MHz||vs||-|
|Assassins Creed: Unity||vs|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||vs|
|Far Cry 3||vs||Performance Value|
|Mini Review||Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 22nm, Haswell architecture. |
It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 3.6GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization are activated.
The processor integrates powerful Graphics called Intel HD Graphics 4600, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1200MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 84W.
Compared to Core i7-3770 there's an overall 7% performance boost. Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
|FX-8350 is a high-end CPU based on the 32nm Piledriver architecture. |
It offers 8 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, Turbo Core and Virtualization are activated and the clock multiplier is unlocked, meaning it can be overclocked easily.
The processor DOES NOT integrated any graphics. and has a rated board TDP of 125W.
Compared to its competitor Core i7-3770K it performs around 12% worse. Still, its performance is very good and sufficient for extreme gaming.