1 Reply Latest reply on Aug 25, 2015 12:15 AM by cc_merchant

    Intel 4790k, 6700k, or 5820k?


      I'm going to be building an editing computer because my ol' reliable laptop isn't cutting it anymore. I'm torn between 3 processors. The three processors I'm looking into are the Intel i7 4790k, Intel i7 6700k, or Intel i7 5820k. The problem with the 4790k is its a bit old and the new 6700k and the better 5820k are just going to be flat out better. I really want the 6700k but the entire world has absolutely no idea when its going to ship and the 5820k is a bit out of my budget with the x99 premium. So my question is: Do I compromise with a 4790k and build my PC before I risk a drive failure, wait for the 6700k which would be optimal, or do I throw quad core out the window and spend a ton on the 5820k and an x99 board? I'm going to be doing light gaming (I know, gaming, xD), 1080p and future 4k @ 100mpbs, and a decent amout of After Effects and Photoshop work as well. Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Intel 4790k, 6700k, or 5820k?
          RoninEdits Most Valuable Participant

          forget the 4790k, the other platforms will be alot better. the x99 i7-5820k will cost around $120 dollars more for the motherboard & cpu over skylake. if you are planning on 4k, then you should try to get the fastest cpu as possible for your budget. x99 platform also has more memory slots, to allow for more memory upgrades later. for games it shouldn't matter much between any of the cpu's as games are mostly gpu driven now days.


          the benefit of the i7-6700k is the 4 cores at high clock rates. after effects will need a little less ram as there are less cores to feed. so if you are tight on budget starting with 16gb of memory, AE would allocate more ram per thread with the 4 cores vs 6 cores. most of adobe's software has poor programming, which leaves parts of the software unable to properly multi-thread. so in those programs and situations the i7-6700k will perform similar or better than the x99 platform. in a few news reports, intel supposedly went a step further with skylake to apply non multi-threading applications across all cores. this shouldn't be needed with 64-bit software, but software companies like adobe that don't properly code, force these kinds of workarounds to fix software problems. the few benchmarks i've seen of skylake on single threading, suggest this new feature isn't working or isn't really there. so perhaps these news reports aren't true, which is too bad.

          • 2. Re: Intel 4790k, 6700k, or 5820k?
            ThirdKilogram Level 1

            Thank you! I think I'll be going with skylake, if it doesnt come out by september ill be going with haswell-e x99 haha.

            • 3. Re: Intel 4790k, 6700k, or 5820k?
              cc_merchant Level 4

              This is purely a budget and timing question. Budget is your decision to make. Timing for the i7-6700 is expected to ship by October, so shipment of i7-6700 systems will probably not happen before November but might be delayed even more.