Overall and Final Verdict

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It’s hard to hate on a new CPU launch really. We always get an improvement in performance both on the CPU and GPU side of things. There are a couple downsides to the launch though. First we have a new socket this time around meaning your old boards aren’t going to work at all with this one. Even more interesting, and something that we experienced is the need for a power supply that supports the new 0 wattage power states. Our test bench had been running with the same power supply for years now and we did have to swap it out for a new model to get everything up and running. This is something that I have a feeling a lot of people are going to experience. A lot of people upgrade but keep the same power supply and if it’s not fairly new this will be an issue. Those of you who are building all new PC’s won’t have this problem at all though.

My only other completes are really fairly trivial. I would love to see Intel introduce 6 core CPU’s into their mainstream line, but we know that this is still an enthusiast line exclusive still. The same goes for the limited PCI Express lanes, Intel puts more on their enthusiast boards for people who are looking to run multi card setups. Even though the i7-4770K is very fast, it is still not designed to be the end all enthusiast CPU and Intel makes this clear when it comes to the number of cores, memory bandwidth, and the PCI Express lanes.

As long as those features aren’t important to you though, the i7-4770K is an absolute monster when it comes to performance. Especially when you look at something like its single core processing power in Cinebench, the improvement is substantial. Even more impressive was the performance jumps we saw when testing the onboard GPU. The HD 4600 GPU isn’t going to replace your desktops dedicated video card anytime soon for gamers, but if you found yourself stuck with one in your parents PC for example. You could easily get in a few games of LoL or install a few games from steam and have a great time.

Although you might not be able to bring your power supply or motherboard with you when upgrading to a Haswell based CPU, there is still a good chance your current heatsink or water cooling might fit. The new LGA 1150 socket still fits the same cooling as LGA 1155 and LGA 1156 did. I keep hoping to see Intel move to a design similar to the LGA 2011 socket on mainstream boards because it would mean no more CPU backplates, but until then sticking with the same design will do the trick.

So at the end of the day, the million dollar question is should you be considering an upgrade to Haswell? Well if you haven’t given in to the allure of Sandy Bridge and are still running a Nehalem or Core based CPU, without a doubt jump all over one. When it comes to upgrading from Sandy or Ivy Bridge the question is a little trickier as they are still great CPU’s. If it was me, as an enthusiast I would be looking to jump if I still had a Sandy Bridge CPU but Ivy Bridge CPU’s I would stick with what I have. In fact I am planning to move to this on my LAN rig once I get my hands on a Mini ITX motherboard that will fit. As I mentioned before, if you are planning on going crazy with multiple video cards I would keep my ear to the ground waiting on a Haswell based enthusiast CPU that is going to accommodate your needs a little better. Until then, all hail our new CPU overloard!


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Author: garfi3ldWebsite: https://lanoc.org
You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31228 01 Jun 2013 18:08
If some of you have been wondering why I have been extra quiet recently it is because I have been hard at work with this launch as well as the two Nvidia launches over the past two weeks. Here is our Haswell coverage, expect to see 1-3 motherboard reviews today and a few more as we start the week.
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L0rdG1gabyt3 replied the topic: #31229 01 Jun 2013 18:59
Well, thats it! Between the 700 series Nvidia cards and this new haswell chip, time to scrap my computer and rebuild it from scratch! Goodbye Sandy-E and GTX680 4GB... ;)
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SpeedBump replied the topic: #31247 02 Jun 2013 19:29
Wes, good review. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not to get a new Haswell CPU and board. I had this same conflict back with Sandy Bridge. I had a very capable i7 875k (4.4ghz) and really didn't see the benefit of buying. Same is the case today. The only difference is I am not "upgrading" , but building another rig. Price difference is quite large ATM.

4770k + Z87 Mobo = $520.00
3770k + Z77 Mobo = $360.00

Now, the big question...is it WORTH it? I am having a really hard time convincing myself (and my wallet) that it is. The setup I am currently running is probably overkill for most applications I get into day to day. I can't see me needing anything in the near future. Heck, my old 875k has been passed down to my son and it still strong enough for us. oh the dilemna.
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Deb0 replied the topic: #31252 02 Jun 2013 20:45
I'd personally stick with the 1155 because I know you're going to buy a video card to go along with it and the biggest leap on the Haswell is the on board graphics.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #31253 02 Jun 2013 20:48
go to microcenter and save most of the difference then profit

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SpeedBump replied the topic: #31255 02 Jun 2013 22:28
Snap. They didnt have them listed last time I checked. Nice. Now...find me a MC close by. LOL. Its all good, I got one near my friend's house I can hit up when I visit. (Or a guy I know who lives in VanWert, a nice 45min drive can go pick me up some goodies when I am ready) ;)

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