[SOLVED] Upgrading 3770k to 5600x/11400f for gaming @1440p

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I am running an i7-3770k@ 4.4 GHz OC paired with MSI GTX 1080 Hawk 8 GB and Kingston HyperX 16 GB DDR3-2133 OC.
I use my PC exclusively for non-competitive gaming @1440p.

  1. Is it worth upgrading to 11400f or ryzen 5600x?
  2. If so, which upgrade do you prefer and why? The AMD one is slightly more expensive.
AMD:
Ryzen 5 5600x
ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Intel:
i5-11400F
ASRock B560M Steel Legend
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Thanks in advance!
 
I take you play @1080p? What is your FPS difference with a new CPU?
I looked up some tests on GTX 1080 paired with Ryzen 5 5600x instead of my aged 3770k. The difference between my rig and theirs was less than 10 FPS and it made me wondering if it's even worth upgrading.
In terms of 'worth upgrading'.... it depends on the games you play. The i7 3770K is still capable of playing current games, although 4 core / 8 thread is really the minimum spec now (older i5's really struggle in many titles). It's likely more games will start to struggle in future, moving to a more modern 6 core / 12 thread cpu will give you much more headroom for future releases. It's also a lot to do with your gpu, a GTX 1080 is fast enough that there will be a difference, but it isn't huge. If you wanted to upgrade to a faster gpu however you would be much more limited with the old i7. That currently isn't much of a problem though as GPU prices are so high you would have to pay a huge amount to get something faster than a 1080 due to everything being wildly inflated over MSRP.

The most important thing is, are the games you are playing enjoyable at the frame rates you are currently getting? If so, then gaining another 10fps probably isn't worth worrying about right now... you could keep what you have and then look at a full system upgrade when you decide to buy a new GPU.
 
I am running an i7-3770k@ 4.4 GHz OC paired with MSI GTX 1080 Hawk 8 GB and Kingston HyperX 16 GB DDR3-2133 OC.
I use my PC exclusively for non-competitive gaming @1440p.

  1. Is it worth upgrading to 11400f or ryzen 5600x?
  2. If so, which upgrade do you prefer and why? The AMD one is slightly more expensive.
AMD:
Ryzen 5 5600x
ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Intel:
i5-11400F
ASRock B560M Steel Legend
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Thanks in advance!
Performance wise, technically the 5600X is the faster of the two, however if you are gaming at 1440p with high graphics settings (for best visuals) then your graphics card will be the limiting factor so the two will effectively perform the same in actual use (to see a difference you would need to be playing competitive titles at low detail settings).

Other considerations are the flexibility of the platform - you have more upgrade options on the AMD side with options up to 16 cores available. That said I am not expecting new processors to be released for either platform (AMD might release a 5000 series refresh but their next gen processor should be on a new AM5 socket once DDR5 memory is available, and Intel is due to move to a new socket for their next gen as well).

So it's really down to if you want to save a bit of money the 11400F should be fine for your needs, although if you want options to upgrade your cpu at a later date you do have 12 and 16 core processors available if you go with AMD (whereas the Intel platform tops out at 8).
 
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If you can get a 5600X, it is indeed faster....

(If making that CPU/mainboard/RAM jump, I personally spring for the 5800X if budgetarily feasible, figuring it's two more cores and four more threads would be at least a little 'insurance'...)
 
I am running an i7-3770k@ 4.4 GHz OC paired with MSI GTX 1080 Hawk 8 GB and Kingston HyperX 16 GB DDR3-2133 OC.
I use my PC exclusively for non-competitive gaming @1440p.

  1. Is it worth upgrading to 11400f or ryzen 5600x?
  2. If so, which upgrade do you prefer and why? The AMD one is slightly more expensive.
AMD:
Ryzen 5 5600x
ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Intel:
i5-11400F
ASRock B560M Steel Legend
Crucial 16 GB DDR4 3600 MHz Ballistix

Thanks in advance!
Use a decent cpu cooler such as the Scythe Fuma 2, turn off the power limits in your bios and you're off to the races.

https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/intel_core_i5_11400f_processor_review,27.html

https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/intel_core_i5_11400f_processor_review,24.html

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Yes it is worth and I will speak from my own experience. I had exactly the same CPU as yours - 3770K with enhanced boost 3.9GHz, 16GB G.Skill Trident X and GTX 1070. My CPU was struggling in a few new video games. For example in the game "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" I had 10 fps less than another user on the very similar specs with GTX 1070 and 16GB RAM, but instead of 3770k, he had a newer generation of i7 (think 7th or newer). So, I upgraded my CPU to i5 10400f which has more cores than 3770k and I instantly saw fps boost in the same game benchmark. Also, Watch_Dogs 2 had a same problem for me. Gave me more fps on this new CPU.

So, yeah it will make a difference in new, more core hungry games that already started appearing.
 
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Yes it is worth and I will speak from my own experience. I had exactly the same CPU as yours - 3770K with enhanced boost 3.9GHz, 16GB G.Skill Trident X and GTX 1070. My CPU was struggling in a few new video games. For example in the game "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" I had 10 fps less than another user on the very similar specs with GTX 1070 and 16GB RAM, but instead of 3770k, he had a newer generation of i7 (think 7th or newer). So, I upgraded my CPU to i5 10400f which has more cores than 3770k and I instantly saw fps boost in the same game benchmark. Also, Watch_Dogs 2 had a same problem for me. Gave me more fps on this new CPU.

So, yeah it will make a difference in new, more core hungry games that already started appearing.
I take you play @1080p? What is your FPS difference with a new CPU?
I looked up some tests on GTX 1080 paired with Ryzen 5 5600x instead of my aged 3770k. The difference between my rig and theirs was less than 10 FPS and it made me wondering if it's even worth upgrading.
 

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If you can get a 5600X, it is indeed faster....

(If making that CPU/mainboard/RAM jump, I personally spring for the 5800X if budgetarily feasible, figuring it's two more cores and four more threads would be at least a little 'insurance'...)
Well, 5800X is too pricey for me. But is it worth upgrading overall in terms of FPS gain?
 
I take you play @1080p? What is your FPS difference with a new CPU?
I looked up some tests on GTX 1080 paired with Ryzen 5 5600x instead of my aged 3770k. The difference between my rig and theirs was less than 10 FPS and it made me wondering if it's even worth upgrading.
In terms of 'worth upgrading'.... it depends on the games you play. The i7 3770K is still capable of playing current games, although 4 core / 8 thread is really the minimum spec now (older i5's really struggle in many titles). It's likely more games will start to struggle in future, moving to a more modern 6 core / 12 thread cpu will give you much more headroom for future releases. It's also a lot to do with your gpu, a GTX 1080 is fast enough that there will be a difference, but it isn't huge. If you wanted to upgrade to a faster gpu however you would be much more limited with the old i7. That currently isn't much of a problem though as GPU prices are so high you would have to pay a huge amount to get something faster than a 1080 due to everything being wildly inflated over MSRP.

The most important thing is, are the games you are playing enjoyable at the frame rates you are currently getting? If so, then gaining another 10fps probably isn't worth worrying about right now... you could keep what you have and then look at a full system upgrade when you decide to buy a new GPU.
 

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In terms of 'worth upgrading'.... it depends on the games you play. The i7 3770K is still capable of playing current games, although 4 core / 8 thread is really the minimum spec now (older i5's really struggle in many titles). It's likely more games will start to struggle in future, moving to a more modern 6 core / 12 thread cpu will give you much more headroom for future releases. It's also a lot to do with your gpu, a GTX 1080 is fast enough that there will be a difference, but it isn't huge. If you wanted to upgrade to a faster gpu however you would be much more limited with the old i7. That currently isn't much of a problem though as GPU prices are so high you would have to pay a huge amount to get something faster than a 1080 due to everything being wildly inflated over MSRP.

The most important thing is, are the games you are playing enjoyable at the frame rates you are currently getting? If so, then gaining another 10fps probably isn't worth worrying about right now... you could keep what you have and then look at a full system upgrade when you decide to buy a new GPU.
Thank you for elaborate answers, I'll probably postpone my upgrade till better times. I do get some performance drops occasionally but it doesn't bother me much. If the upgrade gave me solid 20 FPS boost in demanding games I'd most certainly do it, but it seems I am a bit too hopeful :sneaky:
 

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I take you play @1080p? What is your FPS difference with a new CPU?
I looked up some tests on GTX 1080 paired with Ryzen 5 5600x instead of my aged 3770k. The difference between my rig and theirs was less than 10 FPS and it made me wondering if it's even worth upgrading.
Let me check what's the exact difference in Shadow of Tomb Raider benchmark:
Here, I even kept screenshots:
With 3770k 3,9GHz: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2154691668
with i5 10400F: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2430236280

As you see there's 15 fps difference. Also did small overclocking on 3770k, I think to 4.2GHz and it gave me a small boost, but still not as good as new CPU. This is OC result: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2154745595

Yes, I had 1080p monitor back in time. But now I upgraded monitor to 1440p and unfortunately GTX 1070 can't give me stable 60 fps even on low settings in that game. In most games my GTX 1070 is struggling in a lot games on 1440p. I need to upgrade my GPU, but they cost a lot nowadays and I'm unable to do that. So, I guess I'm stuck with GTX 1070, well at least for few years. Good thing is, it doesn't struggle in games I play mostly (Battlefield 4, Counter Strike Global Offensive, Killing Floor 2).
 

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