Summary: As always at the beginning of an Intel launch article, there's the question of whether it's a "tick" or a "tock". By the so-called tick-tock model, Intel refers to the alternating change in architecture and manufacturing process technology in CPU production.
Pros: very low power consumption under load, solid and technically advanced chipset basis, significantly accelerated integrated graphics, Core i7-4770K: very good performance, Core i5-4670K: good value for money
Cons: no major performance gain over the previous generation, socket change unavoidable (meaning buying a new motherboard)
Intel Haswell Core i7-4790K vs. i7-4770K Comparison
26 August 2014
Summary: What do our tests reveal? Well, with next to very little in actual real-world performance gained to justify and make sense of the price gap when compared to the Intel Core i7-4790K, many Intel Core i7-4770K owners can rest easy in their purchase.
Pros: Added speed, Better thermal interface material, Performance slightly better than the Intel Core i7-4770K when overclocked
Cons: Compared to the price gap, the speed difference to the Intel Core i7-4770K is not very noticeable, Overclocking seems to be more sensitive to BCLK adjustments
Conclusion: As far as Z87 platform is concerned, Intel managed to catch up with AMD in terms of providing 6x native SATA 6Gbps ports and also provides USB 3.0 natively via 6. Those with 3670K and 3770K wouldn’t consider making a jump, and a lot of mainstream users would most likely be happy with their Sandy...
Excerpt: Whether you should choose this CPU or a different one from Intel (assuming you prefer Intel over AMD), it really comes down to the types of programs you run. This is a 4-core processor with hyperthreading that lets it function as an 8-core CPU.
Conclusion: Haswell and its supporting "Lynx Point" Z87 chipset represent yet another incrementally refined iteration of Intel's mainstream CPU platform. Performance improvements at the CPU level are minor and will be unnoticeable except in benchmarks.
Pros: Still the best single-core performance available, Dramatically improved iGPU performance, Mobile versions offer new ultra-low-power modes, At least Intel didn't change the cooler mounting points
Cons: Only incremental CPU performance improvements over Ivy Bridge, New socket means a new motherboard is required for upgrades, Still only 16 PCI-E lanes, Relatively poor overclocking
Summary: Overall, the new processor provides some decent performance increases in just about every department but Haswell is hot! In fact, it's making Ivy Bridge look cool, both literally and in many other regards, like making it OK to stay with it for now.
Pros: Better performance upgrade than Ivy, More overclocking options, Better overclocking potential: If you keep it cool!, Improved integrated memory controller, Overclocking memory improves performance, Haswell's 3D transistor technology favors mobile
Cons: The Core i7-4770K operates slightly hotter than Core i7-3770K, Overclocking requires more patience than Ivy and Sandy, The overclocking learning curve is definitely higher
Summary: Final Thoughts
When a new processor from Intel comes out many people are expecting a huge improvement over the previous generation, but we lately we really have not seen that. If you look at the update cycle of 1 year that cannot be expected.
Pros: – Great performance, – Integrated graphics have been much improved over Ivy Bridge, – CPU cooler mounting points have not changed with new socket, – Low power states
Cons: – Not a drastic improvement over Ivy Bridge, – Another new socket, – Weak overclocking
Summary: With the high-end CPU race firmly in their pocket, Intel didn't need to light the world aflame with a significantly faster processor. Breathing room is a luxury few technology companies can claim and its given Intel time to improve their products with what can be considered secondary features,...