Summary: Overall I was concerned about no graphics support. However the Asus Z87 Motherboard CD contained an Intel 126.96.36.19986 version that works just fine. There is one more on windows update. Works just fine with Win7x64.
Summary: The stock HS and fan combo is completely capable at cooling duties while the CPU is under a full load. However while doing so it becomes loud enough to to be a distraction in a quiet room.
Pros: Equivalent in performance to a 4770 while being less expensive.
Cons: Intel's integrated HD graphics are still behind AMD's current "budget" offerings. IGPU Linux support did exist but game performance was far below win7's. This is not Intel's fault IMO and it may change in the future, just stating my experience with games and openCL benchmarks.
Good processor to get if no overclocking is needed
SHIH L., Newegg
5 February 2014
Summary: For those of you who wondered (I couldn't find a definitive answer online before): this processor does come with a low-profile stock cooler, which is actually low-profile (<65 mm clearance) which would have fit into the case of my choice fine, although I planned to get the Zalman cooler anyways.
Pros: Supposedly Xeon quality, actually cheaper than all 4th gen Core i7 with at most 0.1GHz deficit of either base/turbo frequency; perfect choice if no overclocking is involved. Motherboard can still do all-core turbo.
Cons: The included Intel HD P4600 graphic driver can be a bit tricky to find-you get those from those drive download sites except for Intel directly, although Windows 8.1 x64 can recognize it right away. Also I cannot get QuickSync to work yet with concurrent discrete GPU (both were enabled and seen by the system), which can be a driver issue as many online forums have relevant posts about this problem too.
Summary: best bang for the buck after reasearching the haswell core i7 vs. the haswell xeon cpu. Like I said in my 1st review, the xeon is a 4770 at $20 cheaper. in other words, It's a best bang especially for thoise who don't overclock.
Pros: put this bad boy in my system with the gigabyte board, worked perfectly. The board was rev. 1.1 so it had the f7 bios on the gigabyte site which made it easiier. Anyhow, this scores a 8.3 on the windows 8.1 wei. On the web, there are free gui wei programs that give you back the wei in windows 8.1. Put it this way, a 3770k at 3.5 ghz scores 8.2.
Cons: One, don't use the normal 4th gen core intel graphics drivers for this cpu. It uses a slightly different gou in the P4600, not the 4600 that core series haswell cpu's use. For windows 8.1, it puts in a windows update driver dated dec. 18, 2013. In other words, you will have to search the web (I think the latest download out there for p4600 igpu is 3222, windows update is something like 3979) for your intel graphics driver if you don't want to use the windows update dr...
Summary: Purchased two of these. One is running in a 24/7 home server running Xen. PCI passthrough of devices works flawlessly. Server is running 3 Linux VM's, and 2 Windows VM's. Plex Media Server, 2 Media Center instances each with their own ATI card passed through, a Minecraft server and a file server.
Summary: Great processor. I went with this instead of the i7-4770k since the clock speeds are similar and I don't plan to overclock. I have been using this in a small business server for the past two weeks and haven't had any problems since. Speed difference between this and the i7 is unnoticeable in daily use and the integrated graphics makes it a worthy alternative.