Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

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Anytime Intel launches a new family of processors, component makers usually launch a fresh line of accessories to coincident with the processors’ release. In the leadup to this review, we got our hands on some new memory from G.SKILL qualified for use with Haswell and some nice coolers from Noctua as well.


G.SKILL Trident X memory kit, model F3-2666C11D-8GTXD

Like previous gen Sandy and Ivy Bridge processor, Haswell also has support for the latest XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) code, for easy memory optimization and overclocking. You can expect an influx of fresh memory kits to arrive alongside Haswell, like the G.SKILL kit we have here. The G.SKILL Trident X memory kit pictured above consists of two, 4GB, DDR3-2666 sticks of memory (total 8GB), model number F3-2666C11D-8GTXD. The sticks run at 1.65v with CL11-13-13-35 timings, and are XMP compatible. A dual-fan active cooler is also included with the kit, which snaps right over the DIMM retention clips on most motherboards.


Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S Haswell-Compatible coolers

The Noctua NH-U12S and NH-U14S coolers you see here were released previously, but will work with Haswell-based 4th Generation Intel Core processors. These coolers feature a similar design with a dense array of aluminum fins, linked to a copper heatplate via multiple heatpipes.

The heatsinks are nickel plated and include fan with self-stabilizing, oil-pressure bearings, which provide long life and quiet operation. These coolers can also be arranged with dual-fans in a push-pull configuration if you so choose. The major difference between these two coolers is simply their size. The U12S works with 120mm fans, while the U14S is larger and works with 140mm fans.
 

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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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