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Our CPU testing is conducted with a discrete graphics card (a GeForce 9400 GT) to eliminate integrated graphics as a variable, most notably with regards to power consumption. It's also necessary for fairly comparing CPUs that do not have an onboard graphics such as Bulldozer and Sandy Bridge Extreme models.
A modest amount of time was shaved off in all of our tests compared to the i7-3770K and power consumption was also slightly improved. The 4770K's strong performance brings it closer to the i7-3960X though the more expensive Sandy Bridge Extreme chip has a slight edge in multi-threaded and memory intensive applications. Still, the 4770K is a superior all-around processor thanks to its much lower cost and energy efficiency.
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