Intel Core i7-7740X 4.30GHz LGA 2066 Retail Boxed Processor, £234.99 at ebuyer
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Intel Core i7-7740X 4.30GHz LGA 2066 Retail Boxed Processor, £234.99 at ebuyer

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Found 18th Apr
  • i7-7740X
  • Socket 2066
  • Kaby Lake-X
  • Turbo Speed 4.5 GHz
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Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 motherboard...
This processor is a dud. The IPC of this is lower than most of the coffee lake lineup. It's only quad core, the motherboards are expensive.

Something like an 8600k (6 core) or Ryzen 1700 ( 8 core 16T) are much wiser choices and are cheaper and faster. The motherboards also start at about £45.

Don't buy this guys...
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Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 motherboard...
Cheapest I could see yesterday was £299. 🔥 added
AKNews4 h, 3 m ago

Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 …Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 motherboard...


Depends on your requirement. I needed fast single threaded performance, so the 7740X performs better than the higher end chips with lower boost clocks. I got a 7740X and mid-range X299 board for much less than similar Z270/7700K would have cost as both were on offer.

Oh, and I've got an upgrade path if I need it.
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 18th Apr
"deal" rofl.
This processor is a dud. The IPC of this is lower than most of the coffee lake lineup. It's only quad core, the motherboards are expensive.

Something like an 8600k (6 core) or Ryzen 1700 ( 8 core 16T) are much wiser choices and are cheaper and faster. The motherboards also start at about £45.

Don't buy this guys...
Boxrick22 m ago

This processor is a dud. The IPC of this is lower than most of the coffee …This processor is a dud. The IPC of this is lower than most of the coffee lake lineup.


That is false information. The micro-architecture is the same, therefore IPC is the same. Coffee Lake derives extra performance from more cores, and very minor clock speed increases.
Have some facts :

us.hardware.info/rev…ake

tomshardware.com/new…tml
revolver311 h, 2 m ago

"deal" rofl.


Fair point, they've been as low as £180.
MagicBoy2 h, 52 m ago

Depends on your requirement. I needed fast single threaded performance, so …Depends on your requirement. I needed fast single threaded performance, so the 7740X performs better than the higher end chips with lower boost clocks. I got a 7740X and mid-range X299 board for much less than similar Z270/7700K would have cost as both were on offer.Oh, and I've got an upgrade path if I need it.



The 8700k is superior to the 7740x in terms of single threaded performance.

The absolute cheapest motherboard, right now, for the 7740x is 180£!

£180+235=415.

You can buy an 8700k+cheapest z370 for...

£244+87=331

(I am uncertain if this is a legit price on the 8700k, if it is I will post the deal).

So let's assume it's not and call it... £284+87=371

For 44 quid cheaper (or 84 quid if the deal I see is right). amazon.co.uk/dp/…-21

Why on earth would you ever consider the 7740x?
AKNews7 h, 45 m ago

Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 …Only 4 cores and 16 PCI express lines... Looks like a waste of X299 motherboard...


I do actually agree but I mean a graphics card will use 8x and you can still use a 4x mvne and a network card and be fine sure you wouldn't be able to use all the slots but yeah unless your planning on going SLI etc it's not actually that bad
When you can buy the Brand new! Ryzen 2, 8 core 4.35GHz for 18.25% more cost, that "offer" is laughable. Sorry.
Quite simply don't buy this and buy the Ryzen2 2700x being released in about a month.
Al3xander5 m ago

Quite simply don't buy this and buy the Ryzen2 2700x being released in …Quite simply don't buy this and buy the Ryzen2 2700x being released in about a month.



Tomorrow.
kyol.hodgson27 m ago

Tomorrow.


anyone know if the new ryzen chips would be a upgrade for me i game at 100fps on ultra wide using 1440p current system cpu is 6600k overclocked to 4.5ghz
I don't know why you'd pay £15 more for this and £100 more for a motherboard over a 8600K and Z370 picture.
RedRain3 h, 6 m ago

anyone know if the new ryzen chips would be a upgrade for me i game at …anyone know if the new ryzen chips would be a upgrade for me i game at 100fps on ultra wide using 1440p current system cpu is 6600k overclocked to 4.5ghz


Yes, any quad core i5s bottleneck at high framerates. Bet it's at 100% usage in 2017/18 games
does this computer come with a graphics card? Also what size hard drive and ram and stuff. There isnt really much details on the website about it either.
whopaysrrp34 m ago

does this computer come with a graphics card? Also what size hard drive …does this computer come with a graphics card? Also what size hard drive and ram and stuff. There isnt really much details on the website about it either.


It’s a processor only.
Keelan_1 h, 17 m ago

Yes, any quad core i5s bottleneck at high framerates. Bet it's at 100% …Yes, any quad core i5s bottleneck at high framerates. Bet it's at 100% usage in 2017/18 games



Yes and no. With high fps gaming its all single core speeds matter the most, And there are many reviews of i3 8350K's that has been pushed to speeds between 4.8-5.1Ghz that has even given a stock 8700k a run for its money when it comes to gaming.

a fast quad core is still great for gaming, albeit extra cores is a bonus and there are games that will make use of the extra cores.

With AMD's new chips, theyve really just bumped up the clocks a little and maybe tweaked the memory controller for faster speeds and better support. Ryzen is known to be a little fussy when it comes to what ram you are going to use with it.

Their slight bump in clockspeed equates to 10-15% faster performance but they still wont be able to Overclock to the same levels as intel and thats where intel wins when it comes to gaming and AMD will almost destroy anything under more multi-threaded workloads.

With that said, I have a few friends used to game on intel machines that switched over to using AMD 1600's and 1700X's and they barely notice any huge difference when it comes to gaming.
iceburglettuce2 m ago

It’s a processor only.


Its supposed to be a deals website. In 10 years I will probably be able to get it from CEX for less than £10.
Keelan_1 h, 52 m ago

Yes, any quad core i5s bottleneck at high framerates. Bet it's at 100% …Yes, any quad core i5s bottleneck at high framerates. Bet it's at 100% usage in 2017/18 games


Yep 98 too 100 on most games
MagicBoy9 h, 30 m ago

That is false information. The micro-architecture is the same, therefore …That is false information. The micro-architecture is the same, therefore IPC is the same. Coffee Lake derives extra performance from more cores, and very minor clock speed increases.Have some facts :https://us.hardware.info/reviews/7602/22/intel-core-i7-8700k--i5-8600k--i5-8400-coffee-lake-review-affordable-six-cores-ipc-test-kaby-lake-vs-coffee-lakehttps://www.tomshardware.com/news/intel-coffee-lake-kaby-lake,35549.html


But it's not. Intel adds new functionality all the time. That's why in certain workloads newer chips perform better and sometimes a bit worse (improvements often come with a cost elsewhere, usually the cost is negligible). In your examples the workload is the same so any new functionality they added weren't used in this scenario (e.g. improving instruction sets/decoding certain workloads etc). Just because you as the consumer don't notice the difference doesn't mean it's not there. Often it takes years for functionality added at the hardware level to be taken advantage of.
So fellow members on a new build whats the best set up for parts for gaming on a buget of £600?
Nate149217 h, 34 m ago

The 8700k is superior to the 7740x in terms of single threaded …The 8700k is superior to the 7740x in terms of single threaded performance.The absolute cheapest motherboard, right now, for the 7740x is 180£!£180+235=415.You can buy an 8700k+cheapest z370 for...£244+87=331(I am uncertain if this is a legit price on the 8700k, if it is I will post the deal).So let's assume it's not and call it... £284+87=371For 44 quid cheaper (or 84 quid if the deal I see is right). https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07598VZR8/?tag=pcp0f-21Why on earth would you ever consider the 7740x?


Firstly, I built a few months ago,
Secondly, I paid less than £331 for the 7740X and an X299 Aorus board.
Thirdly, an equivalent Z370 board to the Aorus X299 would be £180+ RRP, so you're never finding one for £87. If you want to use a stripped out value board then knock yourself out.
Fourthly, X299 has a future CPU upgrade path.

So that's why.

fringiee9 h, 27 m ago

But it's not. Intel adds new functionality all the time. That's why in …But it's not. Intel adds new functionality all the time. That's why in certain workloads newer chips perform better and sometimes a bit worse (improvements often come with a cost elsewhere, usually the cost is negligible). In your examples the workload is the same so any new functionality they added weren't used in this scenario (e.g. improving instruction sets/decoding certain workloads etc). Just because you as the consumer don't notice the difference doesn't mean it's not there. Often it takes years for functionality added at the hardware level to be taken advantage of.


They didn't in this case. The architecture is unchanged. I've proved my facts, you can't back that generalised and incorrect assertion up.

As for taking years for new functionality added to be taken advantage off, this kit will be outdated window fillers at CEX by then, not in a gaming rig.
Edited by: "MagicBoy" 19th Apr
MagicBoy3 h, 12 m ago

Firstly, I built a few months ago,Secondly, I paid less than £331 for the …Firstly, I built a few months ago,Secondly, I paid less than £331 for the 7740X and an X299 Aorus board.Thirdly, an equivalent Z370 board to the Aorus X299 would be £180+ RRP, so you're never finding one for £87. If you want to use a stripped out value board then knock yourself out.Fourthly, X299 has a future CPU upgrade path.So that's why.They didn't in this case. The architecture is unchanged. I've proved my facts, you can't back that generalised and incorrect assertion up.As for taking years for new functionality added to be taken advantage off, this kit will be outdated window fillers at CEX by then, not in a gaming rig.



1) Where did you buy for £331? That is 100 quid lower than record prices. Was it used?

The cheapest I see the Auros for is 180 quid. amazon.co.uk/Gig…299

And the cheapest I see the 7740x is 234.99. So, something is up!

2) You can buy the Auros for much cheaper for the z370. amazon.co.uk/Z37…rch


But let's be clear, you mention the 87 quid board was 'bad'. I disagree. Feel free to take a look at the offerings, they don't have LEDs, but they certainly have good features. The z370 chipset itself is strong enough on its own. As you said to someone else, you can't back that generalised and incorrect assertion up.

3) What CPU are you considering for an 'upgrade' path here? The 7740x is clearly aimed at gamers rather than HEDT work loads, are you planning on paying 1k+ for one of the 10/12/16 core chips?

4) You mention 'outdated kit' yet you don't see the writing on the wall for the 4 core 7740x? That's a platform that doesn't have mainstream support, was greatly ignored, and overpriced. You suggest the 8700k will be window fillers at CEX, but I'd suggest these motherboards and CPUs will be the CEX filler. (un-provable assertion, see ;-))
1) CPU from OcUK when they cleared out, forums only special offer IIRC. Aorus board from Scan. It was about £160 when I bought. They put the price up to £180+ by the time it hit this site a few days later.

2) Personally I don’t care about the LEDs. Higher end boards get better power delivery which aids in overclocking, USB 3.1, more M.2 slots, better audio etc. The rough equivalent features wise is the Z370 Aorus Gaming 5 which is ~£180.

3) 7820X probably, if the price drops. 8 core, 4.5Ghz Turbo stock. Lets see what the next refresh brings.

4) Yeah, writing is on the wall for the consumer chip on the HEDT platform idea, but that doesn’t make it a bad chip if the price is attractive enough, which is what I said in my first post. You can still buy a 7700K and that’s dead-er than the 7740X as regards platform … and more expensive and slower.
whopaysrrp21 h, 0 m ago

Its supposed to be a deals website. In 10 years I will probably be able to …Its supposed to be a deals website. In 10 years I will probably be able to get it from CEX for less than £10.


Ok, best that you wait 10 years and pick one up then.
got this from amazon at xmas for £179....motherboard cost me £299.....vr just flies now with my 1080ti....and games are real smooth at ultra high settings....im happy with it
MagicBoy19th Apr

Firstly, I built a few months ago,Secondly, I paid less than £331 for the …Firstly, I built a few months ago,Secondly, I paid less than £331 for the 7740X and an X299 Aorus board.Thirdly, an equivalent Z370 board to the Aorus X299 would be £180+ RRP, so you're never finding one for £87. If you want to use a stripped out value board then knock yourself out.Fourthly, X299 has a future CPU upgrade path.So that's why.They didn't in this case. The architecture is unchanged. I've proved my facts, you can't back that generalised and incorrect assertion up.As for taking years for new functionality added to be taken advantage off, this kit will be outdated window fillers at CEX by then, not in a gaming rig.


To be quite frank (like you are) you don't know what you're talking about. You haven't backed anything up, you've just looked for anything that can be taken out of context i.e. using a very specific workload as a benchmark for the overall performance difference of a whole generation of CPUs. It's like judging a bodybuilder in a competition based on their chest alone & not there whole body.If your own personal research is bad it's not my job to correct it for you, the ownace is on you.

Side note: this cpu is £140 at cex uk.webuy.com/pro…40x and still, in my opinion it's not worth it unless you have a compatible motherboard already.
Edited by: "fringiee" 20th Apr
You are hilarious! I'm stating facts, not slinging mud as you just did. I know what I'm doing and have the qualifications to prove it.

I'm not backing anything up? LOL. I've provided sources with benchmarks in post 6, all you've done is state I'm wrong and not proved otherwise. Keep trying.

Good offer from CEX though. I hadn't thought of that.
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