Haswell Refresh: Intel's New Z97 Platform Explored

By Jos
May 12, 2014
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  1. Everything seemed to be neck and neck.. Why didn't you have anything from Asus platform??
  2. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 209   +82

    I'm still rocking a Nehalem (Core i5-760) I bought on january 2011. It's more than enough for gaming; Intel hasn't released anything exciting in quite a while. Anyway I will upgrade sooner or later to get USB 3.0, SATA Express, PCIe 3.0 (or maybe 4.0 at this rate) and so on.
  3. AMD. please. do something quick.
  4. From what I've read the i7 4770 (the part just below the new 4790 they've released today) is about 10% faster than the 3770 which in turn is about 10% faster than the 2600 from 2011 (I have the 2600K).

    So if that's correct if I upgraded my PC to this platform I'd be looking at maybe a 20-30% boost in CPU speed (1.1 * 1.1 = 1.21 then top that up a bit to allow for chipset improvements etc).

    My current CPU is already blisteringly fast and for all but the most extreme tasks is going to show no difference at all from these new chips. This is a 3 year old CPU.

    So I really don't see any reason to get too worked up about these new chips compared to the older ones. The really exciting thing about them is the reduced power consumption - but that applies most in devices like ultrabooks rather than desktop PCs.
  5. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 209   +82

    Exactly my point; marginal improvements in CPU performance make upgrading a simple question of deciding if you need to get access to new techonologies provided by the newer chipsets.
  6. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    So nothing that rivals the i7 4930K yet then?
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  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Nope, keep your eyes out for the next gen Intel chips. I'm sure they will be the only ones to compete against themselves.
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,157   +195

    fixed that for you. :)
  9. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    That gigabyte board...Man that is one nice board, I really like that color scheme and feature set. Would not mind grabbing one of those and a nice devils canyon i7.

    But im still waiting on Haswell-E.
  10. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 223   +64

    Like many people on here we know the next big thing will be the X99 platform and Haswell-E, probably even more so than Broadwell. 8 Core CPUs and DDR4 are truly a step forward. The only thing Broadwell has going for it is potentially a huge power reduction (doubt it, 10%+/-,) and will run on the Z97 chipset. Which the only real difference is the M.2 port (whoopedie doo.)
  11. I think I do prefer lower power consumption over processor overkill. Is ddr4 going to cost too much?
  12. Told y'all Asrock sucks.
  13. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    See full ASUS Z97 motherboard line-up with Ryan and JJ on PC Perspectives YouTube channel.
  14. I'm sure you can find a benchmark that shows that big differences. However, real world performance of all these "new" Intel chips is identical. If you are into overclocking, you can most likely get more performance out of a good old Sandy Bridge than the Haswells.
  15. As long as AMD won't come with something that will dominate the i7's. Intel is not going to up their game
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    It really is a shame Intel didnt make any effort in this refresh. Too bad they can do that since AMD has no competition...

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