Intel Haswell Final Thoughts
The Core i5-4430 was not in the initial release of Haswell CPUs a few months ago, but it’s out now. As usual, Intel positions their processors by tweaking base and turbo clock speeds, adding or removing Hyper-Threading, and adjusting the cache size. In some cases more obscure features like virtualization support are involved, but in this case the 4430 is simply a slightly cut-down version of the range-topping 4770K. For the enthusiast market, the most important omission is that as a non-“K” series CPU, you cannot overclock the 4430– not even a little bit.
So, what does this mean in terms of benchmark performance? The chart below compares the scores of all the benchmarks I ran, with the 4770K scores normalized to 1.0 and the 4430 scores expressed as a fraction of that.
|AIDA64 Queen||1.0||0.65||x264HD Pass 1||1.0||0.70|
|AIDA64 Photoworxx||1.0||1.08||x264HD Pass 2||1.0||0.76|
|AIDA64 AES||1.0||0.84||SPECviewperf Lightwave||1.0||0.82|
|AIDA64 ZLIB||1.0||0.69||SPECviewperf Maya||1.0||0.90|
|AIDA64 Hash||1.0||0.90||SPECviewperf TCVIS||1.0||0.82|
|CINEBENCH Single Core||1.0||0.80||SPECapc Lightwave Interactive||1.0||1.12|
|CINEBENCH Multi Core||1.0||0.56||SPECapc Lightwave Multitasking||1.0||0.79|
|Handbrake 0.96||1.0||0.75||SPECapc Lightwave Rendering||1.0||0.71|
|PCMark 7 PCMarks||1.0||0.96||Blender/Icetest||1.0||0.65|
|PCMArk 7 Productivity||1.0||0.84||POV-Ray||1.0||0.78|
|PCMArk 7 Creativity||1.0||1.01||Arcsoft Media Converter||1.0||0.91|
|PCMark 7 Computation||1.0||0.88||Average Performance Deficit||18%|
The single-core performance of the 4430 is actually closed to that of the 4770K than you’d expect. However, the multi-core performance is much worse: the smaller cache and lack of Hyper-Threading really affect the scores in heavily threaded benchmarks like CINEBENCH Multi Core.
But once we add a high-end video card and start testing gaming performance, the performance difference vanishes:
|3DMark 11 GT1||1.0||1.0|
|3DMark 11 GT2||1.0||1.0|
|3DMark 11 GT3||1.0||0.99|
|3DMark 11 GT4||1.0||1.0|
|Alien vs. Predator||1.0||1.0|
|Average Performance Deficit||1%|
With only a barely-perceptible 1% average performance drop over these benchmarks, there’s no reason to spend the extra money for a 4770K if gaming is your main activity.
I’ll present my conclusions on the Core i5-4430 in the last section.