Intel’s fourth generation Core series processor is finally available for purchase. As Steven noted in his review of the Core i7-4770K, the level of performance from Ivy Bridge to Haswell is similar to what was observed when going from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge. That’s not to say it isn’t faster all around – because it is – but don’t expect earth-shattering performance if you’re already running Ivy Bridge.
That said, however, the platform does offer compelling performance if you’re upgrading from a system that’s a few generations old or are coming from an AMD setup. But the problem for anyone coming from an Intel background is that you’ll need a new motherboard to run Haswell.
With this week’s open forum, we are curious to know if you have any plans to upgrade to Haswell. And if so, are you coming from an Intel or AMD platform? Let us know in the comments below!
The Intel Core i7 4770K features 4 cores with 8 concurrent threads when using Hyper-Threading. The 4770K operates at 3.50GHz with a Turbo Boost frequency of 3.90GHz, while the non-K version features the same Turbo Boost frequency with a base clock of 3.4GHz. They are designed to work with DDR3-1333/1600 memory and feature an 8MB L3 cache.
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