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Weekend Open Forum: Will you upgrade to Haswell?

By Shawn Knight
Jun 7, 2013
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  1. Nope. My Athlon II X2 240 is still a great CPU. I really don't think those who have i7's and i5's use more than 30% of their power anyway.
     
  2. Running a 3570k with a 7850. My money is probably better spent getting a 7870XT/7950 and a larger SSD. Haswell speed boost is easily compensated by my slightly higher OC ability and @4.2 right now, no need to push it further for a single card setup
     
  3. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 481   +49

    I had that same set-up about 2 months back then upgraded to the 7950.
    If I did upgrade anything else though I would probably go haswell-E
     
  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,262   +541

    No, wont be upgrading to haswell, though I am considering upgrading in general because im crazy and like to try new things.

    Im personally waiting on Ivy Bridge E to see how well the new 6 core models perform and possibly how the next AMD performs. Me and a friend are considering options around those 2 and im just waiting for overclocking performance along with performance differences in general on both.

    Personally im running currently an FX-8350 at 4.7 on liquid with the Crosshair V-Z.
     
  5. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Enthusiast Posts: 106

    From what I can understand about the 'Iris' chips is they are going to be expensive, embedded and probably in commodity boxes, whether laptop, desktop, whatever. As the performance of the video portion was to be the 'killer', I was underwhelmed. Dollar for dollar, these things aren't going to do well.

    My budget leads me around by the nose. I follow where it leads. No changing to this or any other i3, i5 or i7 chips. If I were to be building sa current set up for myself, I would probably get a nice fast Richland desktop loaded with RAM and couple of drives. I have modest needs and as to the gaming question, what kind of hardware do you really need ot run GZDoom or any of those nice ports? Can it run Solitaire? Aimp? Foobar 2000? Firefox? Thunderbird? Skype? Wordpad? I am pretty certain these are the real things people do these days. AMD chips can do these things. Do I need a dedicated video card? Maybe, maybe not. Time will tell. I am convinced 'Iris' isn't coming soon to anything near me.
     
  6. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Maniac Posts: 367   +51

    I was wanting to upgrade from i7-950 but I'm not terribly impressed. I really haven't decided yet.
     
  7. TheinsanegamerN

    TheinsanegamerN TS Rookie

    if thats all you are doing, why on earth would you consider iris pro? if all you need is stuff like skype and firefox, why even get a amd apu? get a $40 celeron. cheaper than amd's apus, and pulls a third the power to boot.
     
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Booster Posts: 516   +86

    I have an FX-8320 GTX 670 and 16GB of DDR3 so I have reason to upgrade since this rig is still fast enough
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,815   +921

    Oh God no!

    In fact, I just got my Ivy Bridge machine put together, and I don't have anywhere permanent to put that.

    Besides, that's a "mainstream" machine, (i3-3225). It seems nonsensical to build another mainstream machine to outperform it. If I was hell bent on speed, I'd have just thrown a 2600K in the Ivy, right off the bat.

    Keep in mind though, I'm not going off the rails and buying a tablet, smartphone, or new laptop either.
     
  10. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 981   +31

    My Phenom II X6 1090T is more than enough for my current needs.
     
  11. Zeutrinox

    Zeutrinox TS Rookie Posts: 37

    No, if I do, I need to spend extra money to change the mobo too.
     
     
  12. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    For most of us Sandy and Ivy bridge users that have our cpus overclocked and a good balanced system there is no need for Haswell. Spending $600+ on a new board and 4770k wouldn't be worth a 13% boost overall and a few deg cooler idle/load temps. Money much better spent on a new GPU and SSD if you haven't already. I just moved to a GTX 780 and 16Gb of ram with a 2600k @ 4.5 so I'm fine for a while longer. Will see what next year brings. Haswell is a bit of a disappointment to me, I expected more.
     
  13. Railman

    Railman TS Enthusiast Posts: 655   +95

    I am surprised at the cost for the Haswell CPUs compared with Ivy Bridge. I have noticed equivalent I5 CPUs where Haswell is cheaper than Ivy Bridge (from the same supplier). If going for a completely new system then Haswell looks more attractive. The problem with Intel is the high cost of component parts. I doubt if I could persuade my wife that £150 or above is money well spent on an I5 CPU!
     
  14. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Enthusiast Posts: 151   +32

    Nope, my i5 3570K Undervolted 1.028V @ 4Ghz is more than enough to feed my GTX 680. I'm interested in AMD's next APUs (later this year,) for a media center PC however.
     
  15. Have 1st gen i7-920, there are only 2 reasons to upgrade
    1) if i7 or mb dies
    2) quantum computers become mainstream

    other than that interested in iris 5200 for notebook
     
  16. I try not to waste my money, so no, I will not upgrade Haswell.
    My 2500k @ 5Ghz has and will continue to serve me well until Skylake arrives in 2015. The only thing I will upgrade before then would be graphics cards and maybe HDD.
     
  17. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Rookie Posts: 25   +7

    Doing it right now. I have all the major parts bought. Most importantly I got the 4770k. Still waiting on ASUS to get the Maximus VI Extreme to market.
     
  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,099   +1,522

    Nice and congrats. :)

    Out of curiosity, what are you upgrading from?
     
  19. axiomatic13

    axiomatic13 TS Rookie Posts: 25   +7

    Core i7-980x was the old PC with a ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme.
     
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,686   +86

    Got the AMD version still both my Quad cords AMD PII Black Edition 8GB DDR2 and A10 Next Gen with Turbo Boost both seem to run at the same speed even though the A10 16/32GB DDR3 1600MHz X Ready has turbo boost that only kicks in if the system requires some extra speed.

    Right now until software requires more CPU speed really don't see the point spending more unless the system you have is gone duff (bad).
     


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