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    Default i7 4930k worth the money?!

    As subject line says...I am wondering if i7 4930k worth the difference in price from i7 4820k...I know it does performs better, but, I am not gamer, so CAD, programming, web design and photo/video is my concern. None of these are mission critical...my mobo is X79S-UP5 WiFi...and if haven't got this one, I would buy AMD system again as I never ever had this kind of doubt with it! The problem is I will be losing heavily by selling off these components!
    So guys...please, I need the answer by tomorrow morning...so, 12 hours from now!
    Does the 4930k really outshine 4820k dead, in real life not synthetics!?
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    With your concern for real world performance, I think that the question is will your CAD, web design and photo/video applications perform significantly faster with the more expensive 6/12 core 4930K cpu. Unfortunately most comparison reviews post synthetic benchmark results that don't easily translate to real world results. You should get more useful suggestions in forums that deal with the specific applications that you will be using.
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    Thanks for quick reply...
    Basically, this is my concern, exactly what you have describe....real life performance not the numbers with nothing real behind it.
    I am coming from the world of AMD FX 8350, and for most of the time I was quite happy with results except little critter here and there....and to be honest I went for Intel just to try MacOS X on it...well it didn't worked out at all.
    My impression with i7 3820 is kind of flat...to be honest, I have impression that my HTPS based around A8-3870k boots faster, works better and smoother and definitely less issues as they got no ME no vast number of drivers required to run the platform...AMD need only graphics driver and SB driver and off you go.
    I did update BIOS after BIOS on my mobo, but still can't OC the CPU...let alone inability to use RAID 5 on SAS controller...something that shocked me!
    So, all this taken into account I had nothing else up my sleeves but to ask you guys if anyone have real life experience with some of these CPU's...
    There's also one more thing about this endless saga...everyone talking about enormous power consumption of FX CPU's...dear friends...I've had one overclocked which never ever crossed 227W mark as I have power meter all the time on my PC...but my 3820 at regular time cross the line of 280W...and while 8350 idling at 75W 3820 never drops under 110W...so who's crazy here?
    Anyway...I am getting tilted one way or another coz of that....and by tomorrow I have to make final decision!
    The machine will see the light of the day for at least next 3 years! So it has to be a good one!
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    It looks like the 4930K is about $255 more expensive than the 4820K. That's $85 more per year or $7 per month for a three year time frame. Have you checked out Adobe or CAD forums where you should be able to find threads that deal with which systems deliver the best bang for the buck? If there's only a 5% benefit with the 4930K it might not be worth it. Being able to fully utilize 6/12 threads vs 4/8 threads would be my major deciding point when running intensive applications. The 4930's L3 cache is 20% larger (12MB vs 10MB).

    I can't be more specific as Lightroom is as heavy as it gets with my P35/Q9650 system and I don't do intensive image manipulation.

    The bottom line is how fast are you willing to spend?
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    Yeah, Lightroom if the app which just fly on AMD systems...for some reason, lol!
    I did investigate this for some time, but opportunity to replace my CPU just comes yesterday, so I have to decide quickly.
    I know that 2.5MB per core is better than 2MB per core...however, those 6 cores should practically and theoretically be faster than 4...of course if this is time important there would be no reason for doubt...but I use this machine for little bit of everything...except the games, no gaming here!
    CAD isn't important at all...it's mostly single thread so...
    Adobe is different breed of animal...mostly power and RAM hungry...
    Utilization of 6 cores is question of software I will be using, but again, it is not at all that critical...just the opportunity comes around and I thought if that would be a smart move...however, I am under impression that I should spend more into RAM rather than into CPU...
    I do run VM's and the whole idea to build such machine was to have a workstation class of PC to use it for as many uses as I could imagine...from programming to media center back end...

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    Default Re: i7 4930k worth the money?!

    WHAT!!! You aren't going to using 64GB of ram?

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    I'll be running few VM's in background...like Server 2012 essentials and another copy of 2012 for testing purposes....Essentials will be fully operational server for production purpose and act as my web server...so, 64GB would be utilized pretty much all the way! Or at least I believe so as when I upload my Nikon D7100 RAW images into Photoshop, my 16GB shrinks fairly rapidly!

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    What I've read and my own limited experiences with VM's, owing to the architecture of the cores, the AMD FX's runs circles around Intel's HyperThreading(4C\8T) when looking at VM performance. VM's running in HT threads take a performance hit as they aren't physical cores.
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    @OP: Were u trying to run Mac OS X on ur hardware as VM Ware or as a Hackintosh?
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    I was hoping that a TonymacX86 and his Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide April 2014 preferable list was correct! Well..no...they haven't been ok! Obviously!

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