Core i5 Gaming
In the previous section, we saw that the integrated GPU in the 4430 comes very close to matching the performance of the iGPU in the Core i7-4770K. However, although the performance of this iGPU is much better than that of its predecessors, nobody would really use it for any sort of gaming more demanding than, say, Minecraft. If you’re any sort of gamer, you’re going to have a separate video card.
And if you’re like most gamers, you have to consider the tradeoff between buying a high-end CPU and a high-end video card. As we’ve seen from the previous sections, in terms of performance the 4430 is considerably slower than the 4770K. Running benchmarks can be fun, but the real question is “How will the Core i5-4430 work as a gaming CPU compared to the Core i7-4770K?”
To answer this question, I replaced the Radeon HD6850 card I used in my testing rig with an XFX Radeon HD7970 Black Edition Double Dissipation. This card runs its overclocked GPU at a gigaHertz, just like AMD’s “GigaHertz edition” cards, except that it came out months earlier. With the iGPUs on the 4430 and 4770K disabled, the only difference in the test setups were the CPUs. I ran these tests at the most popular gaming resolution, 1920×1080, and turned most in-game settings up as high as they would go.
Let’s start with the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark:
Well, there’s our first data point: as far as Unigine Heaven 4.0 is concerned, these CPUs are equal. The 0.3 frames per second advantage the 4430 has is well within the margin of error for this benchmark. Next, let’s try 3dMark 11:
In the next section we’ll try some actual game benchmarks to see if the results we found in the synthetic benchmarks hold true there.