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Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

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Next up, we have the Asus Z87-Deluxe. The Asus Z87-Deluxe is one of the more feature rich motherboards we’ve tested, both in terms of both its hardware and software / UEFI. Asus clearly puts a ton of effort into UEFIs on their boards and it shows with the Z87-Deluxe. This board also features Asus’ new black and gold color scheme, which has received somewhat of a mixed reaction from enthusiasts.

 
Asus Z87-Deluxe Motherboard

In addition to exploiting all of the features inherent to the Z87 Express chipset, the Asus Z87-Deluxe offers Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, additional SATA 6Gbps ports, and what Asus calls its “Dual Intelligent Processors 4”. The Dual Intelligent Processors consist of Asus’ EPU unit, which we’ve covered in the past, and the TPU processing unit. The processors work together with the Asus Z87-Deluxe’s programmable 16+2 power phase digital VRM (DIGI+ VRM) and give users the ability to monitor and adjust power delivery. According to Asus, the combination of the programmable digital VRM and Dual Intelligent Processors 4 results in superior power efficiency and improved longevity over less sophisticated motherboards.

   

   

The Asus Z87-Deluxe is also outfitted with a PLX PCI Express 3.0 switch, which give the board to the ability to have all of its PCIe expansion slots enabled with full bandwidth at all times, regardless of the CPU installed. In addition to the aforementioned items, the Asus Z87-Deluxe has quite a few other interesting features as well. For example, you can flash this board’s BIOS even if there is no CPU or memory installed via its “USB BIOS Flashback” feature. It also supports the USB Attached SCSI Protocol, which can be enabled via Asus’ AI Suite software, to boost USB 3.0 throughout significantly.

The Asus Asus Z87-Deluxe also supports SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU configurations (up to three way CF and Quad-SLI), DTS Ultra PC II and DTS Connect audio, and Asus includes a copy of their AI Suite software, which gives users easy access to all of the Asus-proprietary features mentioned here in a single utility. As we’ve mentioned, the P8Z77-V Deluxe sports an excellent UEFI with one-click overclocking and tuning and a wide array of fan controls that accessible during boot time, but many of the options can be controlled via software from within Windows as well. We should also note that Asus is offering real-time network bandwidth and monitoring with the Z87-Deluxe too.

Bundled with the Asus Z87-Deluxe were a user’s manual and exclusive features guide, a driver / utility CD, a WiFi & Bluetooth antenna module, a package of front panel header quick disconnects, an I/O shield, SLI bridge, and six SATA cables.

 
Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H Motherboard

And here we have the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H. Like the other motherboards featured here, the Z87X-UD3H is an enthusiast class, Z87 Express-based motherboard for socket 1150 Haswell-based 4th Gen Core processors, though the Z87X-UD3H isn’t quite as loaded up with the numerous bells and whistles of the others.

The Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H offers all digital voltage regulation and the board is part of Gigabyte’s new “Ultra Durable 5+” family of products. As such, it is reportedly outfitted with double the amount of copper within the layers of the PCB and a new fiberglass fabric in the PCB which reportedly offers better humidity protection. Ultra Durable 5+ branded products also reportedly offer enhanced electrostatic and thermal protection as well.

   

   

In terms of more tangible features, the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H offers a total of 16 USB ports (10 USB 3.0 and six USB 2.0), eight SATA 6Gbps connectors, CrossFireX and SLI support, DualBIOS technology, and On/Off Charge support. The Z87X-UD3H also offers every display output option available (VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DP).

Other noteworthy features of the Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H include on-board power and reset switches, newly designed heatsinks, voltage checkpoints, a POST code error reporter, and a new, totally redesigned BIOS / UEFI. Gigabyte’s new UEFI is much smoother and quicker to navigate than its older “3D BIOS”, but still give’s users the ability to navigate through the BIOS via mouse. We should also mention that the Z87X-UD3H offers Gigabyte’s Dual-BIOS feature as well, should which gives users the ability to quickly recover from a bad flash.

Gigabyte provides a pretty nice accessory bundle with the Z87X-UD3H as well. Along with the board, we found a couple of manuals, a driver / utility CD, a case badge, a I/O shield, an SLI bridge connector, and four SATA cables.
 

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Looks like you could use this CPU as a room heater. Yikes!

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Lmao XD

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just because it runs at a high temperature doesn't mean it heats more than the previous CPUs. in fact, it doesn't. it only runs at a high temp because the heat spreader isn't soldered to the die. there is a bad heat transfer medium betweem them: the thermal paste.

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What makes you say that? A full system under load barely pulled over 100w.

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Ill stay on budget pc im not really more on heavy work loads :v

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This looks like a very worthy successor to Ivy Bridge for sure, however I was expecting (And so was everyone else I can safely say at this point) to get a little more juice out of this TOCK level CPU.

It's still a freaking wonderful thing, but I'm just a little sad we didn't see much more raw performance gains.

Oh well, it's still amazing, and I certainly would not mind getting a rig built with this as its heart, no sign of that happening ever though :P

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Intel is mainly pushing Haswell for better mobile solutions and this review is of the desktop chip!

Features like the Iris Pro GMA 5100/5200 will only be available for the mobile versions and support for the full range of S0ix power states will only be supported on the mobile chips for maximum battery life potential.

So expect more bang for your buck with tablets, hybrids, and laptops that use Haswel than the desktop/server versions...

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I'm building a Haswell based computer right now! I just got all my parts yesterday!

I'll be replacing the computer in my sig.

Intel Core i7 4770k

2x 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSDs in a RAID 0 (Atto bench results show 1.1GB+ read AND write speeds)

2x 4GB G. Skill DDR3 2400Mhz 10-12-12-31 timings

ASRock x87 Extreme6 MB

Corsair TX850M psu

4x 1.5TB HDD in a raid 10

A lite-on Blu-Ray drive

I will be moving my 660 Ti over to do a couple ot benches to see what improvements the new system has over my last one with the same GPU. I want to wait for the 760 Ti to come out to see how it performs, but if I get impatient, I might just buy a 770.

The system is already assembled except for the 4x 1.5TB drives and I haven't moved the 660ti over yet. I'm on igp right now. i also decided to go with Windows 8. I like it so far, but it is taking a little getting used to.

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Nice review, Marco and Dave. Very good information. I have to get a new PC for work and school. Plan on building one, and trying to decide the CPU.

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I still have my 980x, no reason to change yet.

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