Question 6800k vs Golden 7600k for 1080P gaming?

Which CPU would perform better for gaming?


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mdimos187

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Hey all,
I currently have an X99 system with a 6800K running at 4.2GHz, but all I do is game.

I only switched to the X99 because I got a good deal and couldn't resist.

I have since come across a golden 7600K, which I delidded and it is doing 5.3GHz with a Coolermaster Hyper T4 Air Cooler and would probably do 5.4GHz if I put it in my system with my Corsair H115i AIO & added a bit more voltage.

For strictly gaming at 1080P with a 180Hz monitor and a GTX 1080, which CPU would perform better?

The 6800k has more cores & threads, but the 7600k is running at a much higher frequency. I don't think the extra cores would help in gaming as I think 4 is sufficient, so I am leaning towards the 7600k.

In Cinebench R15 the 7600k scored 828 multi core & 222 for single core.

Keen to hear everyone's thoughts.

Thanks in advance.
 
That totally depends on what games you are playing. If you are playing BF V lets say, then I'd happily take the 6800k over the 7600k, any day of the week, and twice on Sundays, as the extra cores/threads really help for smoother game-play. Same with most AAA games and any coming down the line. And at 4.2ghz it's not as if there would be any perceivable bottleneck with the GPU. Even with the extra mhz, that just won't make up for the lack of cores/threads in CPU demanding games for the 7600k. For light threaded games like CSGO, then the 7600k might be the better option to pump out more FPS.

I'd be totally on the side of having a balanced CPU, and the 6800k is so much more than the 7600k, even delided at 5.3 IMO.
 
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Third-Eye

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4 threads isnt enough for many games anymore.

The 7600k will stutter and even get outoaced by a $100 ryzen 5 at 3.6ghz, regardless of overclock.
The only Ryzen 5 close to $100 is the 1600 and that is actually slower than the i7-6800k by around 10-15%. The next cheapest Ryzen 5 2600 is $140. The Ryzen 5 3600 is $200 and about 30-35% faster than the 6800k in tasks other than games. A used 6800k is around $170-190. I don't see it making sense upgrading to an entirely new system for potentially up to only 25% improved fps unless it will get the OP 144fps in most games. This doesn't even include the overclock potential of the 6800k.

The i7-6800K with 12 total threads is just better overall for gaming than the 7600k with only 4 threads. If I were the OP, I would use the 6800k overclocked and wait until we see what Intel newest CPUs can do this year or AMD Ryzen 4000 series next year in 7-8 months before upgrading.
 
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mdimos187

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That totally depends on what games you are playing. If you are playing BF V lets say, then I'd happily take the 6800k over the 7600k, any day of the week, and twice on Sundays, as the extra cores/threads really help for smoother game-play. Same with most AAA games and any coming down the line. And at 4.2ghz it's not as if there would be any perceivable bottleneck with the GPU. Even with the extra mhz, that just won't make up for the lack of cores/threads in CPU demanding games for the 7600k. For light threaded games like CSGO, then the 7600k might be the better option to pump out more FPS.

I'd be totally on the side of having a balanced CPU, and the 6800k is so much more than the 7600k, even delided at 5.3 IMO.
Thanks for the info mate, I mainly play Apex Legends, some PUBG and will be playing the new Modern Warfare. As for the platform change, I build PCs and have a lot of parts on hand, but just wasn't sure if pure frequency would outweigh core & thread count especially at 1080P.
 
I'd stick with the 6800K, frankly...

The OC'd 7600K might even have a lead in average FPS and peak FPS, but 4c/4t gets hammered in min frame rates with many of the newest games...

Better to keep minimums up with 12 threads than have minimums fall below 60 fps too often due to thread strangulation syndrome....
 

mdimos187

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I'd stick with the 6800K, frankly...

The OC'd 7600K might even have a lead in average FPS and peak FPS, but 4c/4t gets hammered in min frame rates with many of the newest games...

Better to keep minimums up with 12 threads than have minimums fall below 60 fps too often due to thread strangulation syndrome....
Yeah that's why I was considering the swap, for the pure max and average FPS gains, but I guess you are right. Games are becoming more multi core/threaded dependant, so I will just stick with the 6800k for now and probably build a new Ryzen system soon.

Thanks for the help everyone.
 
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Yeah that's why I was considering the swap, for the pure max and average FPS gains, but I guess you are right. Games are becoming more multi core/threaded dependant, so I will just stick with the 6800k for now and probably build a new Ryzen system soon.

Thanks for the help everyone.
Good choice :)

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