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Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell) CPU Review

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Chris_Waddle 4th June 2013, 10:20 Quote
Well as someone who is a habitual upgrader and often for pointless reasons other than I want new tech; for the first time I'm not interested in upgrading.

I don't build a PC for how much power it will save me. I build them for fun and to see how far I can push it. Haswell isn't calling out to me, it feels more like an Ivybrige with better stepping.

I usually use the excuse that my son's or wife's pc needs an upgrade, so I upgrade mine and one of them gets my system. As my wife is on ivybridge and my son is on sandybridge I really can't justify a new system for me as neither of them will benefit from my ivybridge system.

I shall wait now and see if a Haswell-E system comes out. I gave socket 2011 a miss as I had just built a 980x system, but looking at how strong that socket still looks, Haswell-E may well get me tempted.
runadumb 4th June 2013, 11:38 Quote
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Nope, a picture on The Verge Live blog, at 2:27:28 PM CST.

Just read through the whole thing. Some hilarious marketing gibberish that means absolutely nothing.
70% of an unknown group of mothers say "technology" makes them better mothers, apparently. He didn't define what exactly that technology was but hey, who cares if they even once considered it meant a tablet or PC?

Oh and I'm glad to see Intel has moved onto building chips with magic instead of relying on that rubbish 'Science'. The future!
Xir 4th June 2013, 15:42 Quote
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So, is this better than my AMD 4200 x2 on socket 939? See, I've been waiting for an upgrade...
I'm on socket 939 as well, IB was going to be my upgrade, now probably haswell (once a few MoBo tests show up...Toms has some)
runadumb 4th June 2013, 16:29 Quote
Richland is out
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-354-AM

Any ETA on a review? Don't see any up right now. Maybe OCuk jumped the gun?
MjFrosty 4th June 2013, 16:35 Quote
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The image linked on the last page of the review gives a 404 :)

LOL, Bit-tech's appalling writing and editing is hilarious. Seriously kids, don't smoke weed when you're attempting to publish online content.

Page 1: "such as the move from LGA1156 to LGA1156 for Sandy Bridge"
"as we saw from moving from Westmere to Sandy Bridge." *clap, clap* Well written... lol.

Page 1: "As-per-usual the price of LGA1155 gear is likely to fall as its upgrade path ends so there may be some bargains to be had if you choose wisely, though frankly we'd imagine you have to be pretty lucky to find a bargain that really makes it worth buying new Ivy Bridge kit." My God, what a mouthful!

Page 2: "While there are plenty of numbers floating around as to how much faster the new IGP will be, Intel hasn’t released information regarding the number of execution units they will offer yet, so the only real indicator as to just how much faster they are will be benchmarks." How about, "Intel hasn’t released information regarding the number of execution units, so benchmarks will be the only real indicator as to improved performance."

Page 2: "Intel admits that there have been no significant changes to the key pipelines. Instead, the benefits are akin to efficiency improvements and increasing bandwidth." How about, "There are no significant changes to the key pipelines, though efficiency has been improved and bandwidth increased."

Are you serious? Is someone proof reading this drivel? I couldn't be bothered editing the rest for you. Someone at the office needs to get their arse into gear else be sacked, because your articles read like a semi-literate high schooler's dog chewed homework.

Unfortunately we had serious time pressure on this one with the samples arriving very late indeed from Intel. Coupled with the fact Harry's been working on the new GeForce launches, he and Ed are now in Taiwan for Computex and I've been on holiday for the last seven days (pre-booked before I even knew the NDA), meant I had a matter of hours to do several day's-worth of testing and write the review. Reading comments like this do feel like a kick in the teeth given the late nights spent getting any kind of article out in time - apologies if it's not up to scratch, we had our reasons, and we'll endeavour to do better in future!

Personally I wouldn't of even bothered replying to him. Everyone has their reasons. Life goes on and at the end of the day the testing is what matters. Some people just have too much time on their hands to critique others. Time that's better used on themselves.
LightningPete 4th June 2013, 19:52 Quote
"" but if you're looking for a CPU to boost your gaming performance, Haswell probably isn't it. ""

So cheaper Ivy Bridge System here I come! Thanks Haswell for bringing down the price of the previous just as awesome system :)
YEHBABY 4th June 2013, 20:28 Quote
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"" but if you're looking for a CPU to boost your gaming performance, Haswell probably isn't it. ""

So cheaper Ivy Bridge System here I come! Thanks Haswell for bringing down the price of the previous just as awesome system :)

From looking at Scan the prices the older stuff is roughly the same. You pay a premium for the new stuff.

But... Secondhand prices of the old stuff will drop. That's where the bargains are to be had in my opinion.
Meridius 5th June 2013, 08:16 Quote
Hi All

I own a 750 Lynnfield CPU and wanted to know if it was worth upgrading to a Haswell CPU system.

Would I benefit upgrading my system would I see a big upgrade at the same clock speed

thanks for any advice
Combatus 6th June 2013, 00:42 Quote
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Hi All

I own a 750 Lynnfield CPU and wanted to know if it was worth upgrading to a Haswell CPU system.

Would I benefit upgrading my system would I see a big upgrade at the same clock speed

thanks for any advice

You'd notice some pretty big improvements yes. If you take a look at the graphs, your 750 is roughly the same as the Core i7-920.
Spreadie 6th June 2013, 00:59 Quote
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You'd notice some pretty big improvements yes. If you take a look at the graphs, your 750 is roughly the same as the Core i7-920.
I'd say the 750 is closer to the 1100T BE, but the difference probably wont be felt in many day to day tasks. Absolutely, if you encode video, but generally it won't feel vastly different.

However, if you have a modern GPU, the 750 is almost certainly holding it back in games; in comparison with 1155/1150 CPUs. That said, a hefty overclock can mitigate the bottleneck somewhat, at a fraction of the cost of a new board and processor.
Woollster00 6th June 2013, 11:56 Quote
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Thank you for including the i7 920 in some of the tables. I guess I'm not the only one thinking about updating my system to one with a newer processor.

Haha yep i'm in the same boat i see no reason to upgrade from my i7 940 i think i'll be holding off until the next tock glad they keep the nehalem processors in the benchmarks still i think a lot of people stlil have them and it saves us googling for extra benchmarks.
captain caveman 6th June 2013, 12:15 Quote
Very dissapointed with haswell, you would have thought after the heat issues with Ivy, intel would have sorted the problem. Haswell is barely a tick on the previous generations
Doctor Hades 7th June 2013, 17:32 Quote
I held off going the LGA2011 route to wait for Haswell as an upgrade to my admittedly-outstanding-but-still-aging i7-920 C0. Although, I was hoping for more, particularly in regards to its overclocked temperatures, I've nevertheless decided that I want SATAIII, PCI-E 3.0 and USB 3.0 as much as new CPU so I ordered an i7-4770K, ASUS Z87 Deluxe motherboard, Noctua NH-D14 cooler and 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance memory from Scan for delivery tomorrow. I'm not too concerned with getting massive overclocks anyway, my i7-920 could only manage 3.7 GHz stable, so I plan on running the i7-4770K at stock for the time being and then perhaps attempt a 4.0-4.2 GB overclock later. I suspect that even at 3.5 GHz the i7-4770K will be as fast, if not faster, than my i7-920 in everything, including games (which is the main use for my PC).

I'm looking forward to getting everything tomorrow but not so much looking forward to the actual PC rebuild and subsequent Windows 8 Pro reinstall... unless Acronis True Image 2013 Plus Pack's Universal Restore somehow miraculously works! It would be nice but, alas, I don't tend to be that lucky (I'll probably get a chip that is very poor at overclocking too).
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