Weekend Open Forum: Will you upgrade to Haswell?

By Shawn Knight · 69 replies
Jun 7, 2013
Post New Reply
  1. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    I'm still waiting to upgrade from my i7 980. I'm bored with the incremental jumps right now from intel. I'm waiting on something great to consider. All other hardware as you stated above is upgraded more frequently.
  2. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Two very good reasons for not getting Haswell. First is the cost. I cannot justify the cost of all the equipment. Don't forget having to purchase Haswell compliant PSU. The motherboards will be sold at top prices so not much availabe under £100. Expensive memory need I go on?

    The second reason is that the technology is new and has not been given real life testing. Wait a year or so to allow for issues to be fixed.
  3. Krimi

    Krimi TS Rookie

    Not gonna bother .. I am running on a i7-3770k / 16GB RAM
    cmbjive likes this.
  4. NoAuraClones

    NoAuraClones TS Rookie

    It would be pretty silly to upgrade if you were already running Sandy or Ivy. Just because the base Ghz is a tad higher, isn't it really the turbo and/or what we've already overclocked to the more important factor? I know the new processor has new instruction sets which make it "faster" at the same mhz, but my 2600k does 4.7ghz on air; its definitely not a bottle neck in my system. My guess is, the 4770 isn't going to do much over 5Ghz anyhow. And is your price right, $660? wth, I got the 2600k for $290.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  5. fyrfaktry

    fyrfaktry TS Member Posts: 18

    What he said.

  6. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    No offence but you must be the only Cosmos 2 owner with a dual core processor and DDR2 RAM heh.

    I was pretty sure I was going to upgrade to Haswell but honestly I can't see the point. After all these years my i7 920 still runs strong.
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Just done a full new build with Z77 and a 3770K so it'll be awhile before I jump up again.

    Even if the performance increase was greater over Ivy Bridge, it still wouldn't be worth the upgrade for me since the 3770K is enough of a powerhouse for my needs.
  8. I was thinking the same thing.
  9. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    All depends if someone releases a decent mini itx motherboard and case. Till them my 6850 C2D is working just fine.
  10. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,335   +843

    If you already have a Core i7 CPU why would you waste so much money to get just a slightly better CPU? i7 is already lightning fast, you can play all your games, what could you want more? I have a laptop with i3 CPU and I'm really satisfied with it, I can play some less damanding games, no reason to upgrade.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  11. jraymp

    jraymp TS Rookie

    No.I'm Happy with my budget gaming TRINITY APU pair with 8gb of RAM and HD 6570.
    I will wait for KAVERI to release then I'll upgrade to it.
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,719   +3,697

    If I need a new machine, then yes I will purchase Haswell or a future release. Until then I'm happy with Sandy Bridge chips that replaced LGA-775 (predating Core2) machines. It may be five years before I feel the need to go on a upgrade spree again. I hate to admit it but at this time, Microsoft may hold the largest key to my upgrade fever.
  13. distantreality

    distantreality TS Enthusiast Posts: 58   +7

    How much in the electric bill would it save say 3770k vs 4770k if you run your pc 24/7....that would be the only thing that would make me buy one if there was an actual huge savings...but have a feeling it isn't
  14. danhodge

    danhodge TS Member Posts: 80   +13

    With most games I play, my 2500K is still higher than the recommended specs. But my lack of a graphics card, and continued use of the evil Vista is killing me...
    So no, I will put all other upgrades ahead of my processor :)
  15. I will upgrade. I'm still using a Q9550 OC'd to 3.2 and it does everything I need it to and amazingly play BF3 at the highest settings with 2x AA @ 50~fps. Thats the only game I own to really chew up the hardware and it does fine. CiV has some slow down when zoomed out and thats about it.
    I have a really decent setup and its old and very powerful, it really has surprised me how good it has been. Up until about 4 months ago I had a GTX 285 and it was doign just fine also. Now that I have my 680 im sure my Q9550 is the bottle neck. My Bday and Fathers Day is coming up so Im asking for $$$. Is it worth it to get the 4770k over the 4670k?
  16. Oh hell yes my 4 year old MOBO is breaking down the sound doesn't work and one of the SATA III ports is now dead but the first thing to go was the video card its bean a down hill ride ever since
    I am hoping that I can get six more months out of it just enough time to save up 7K for an extreme chip core I-7 4960X
  17. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,305   +648

    My current box is starting to get a tad long in the tooth....
    Yorkfield, core 2 quad Q8400, 8 gig ddr2
    I might upgrade this fall, after the "new" starts to wear off a bit which will
    help with the price.
  18. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    My I7-2600K still get's the job done. Much like the majority opinion here - I think I'll wait it out a bit longer.
  19. Nah....

    12 GB Dominators
    H100 cooler corsair
    Evga 680's SLI
    RAID 500GB Rapters
    RAID Intel SSDs
    CoolerMaster HAF-X
    Gigabyte x58 U7
    Corsair HX 1000 PSU
    5x fan controller

    Would you?
  20. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I'd love to build a new desktop, if just for the sake of building it, but I'm pretty happy with what I have currently.

    Now, the two laptops under my name is pre-core architecture and an atom based netbook respectively. I'm well overdue for an upgrade and assuming I find one I like, a New Haswell Laptop preferably with the Iris 5100 (or Pro 5200, but that might be too large of a notebook to be comfortable) may very well be in my future.
  21. No, 2600k/ati5850 do the job for me, waiting until they double its power at least if the want me to upgrade!
  22. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    Simple answer is No. Why, because my i7 960 still holds its 4.2GHz OC just fine and handles all my task without issue. When Intel releases a 6 core for under $300 or I can get a deal through retail edge for $100 (how I got my 960) but mainly the 6 core 12 thread for $300. Then I'd consider an upgrade, but until then I'm staying with what I have now.
  23. Can you overclock with any model like way back in the day of core2 series, NOPE! Then no thank you.
  24. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    I have a i7-3770K. I don't plan on upgrading anytime soon. The i7-4770K looks to be a slight upgrade from that.
  25. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 568   +241

    Railman Part of your first argument is invalid: Haswell compliant PSU is required only to take advantage of the new low-power states; but you can safely use any of the existing as long as you don't change the default C6/C7 parameter.

    And for the guest two comments above me: no C2Q OC can match the performance of an i7 Haswell, but yeah, for the people who love overclocking is understandable what they would expect in this.

Similar Topics

Add your comment to this article

You need to be a member to leave a comment. Join thousands of tech enthusiasts and participate.
TechSpot Account You may also...