Intel Core i7-4770K Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Z87 Review 

Introduction

Such is the relentless pace of development at Intel that today sees the release of their Haswell range of CPUs, the Fourth Generation, on a brand new LGA-1150 socket. This is at a time when the i5-2500K is still capable of powering some quick systems, and the i7-3770K seems to have only just arrived.

Since the launch of the LGA-1155 motherboard with the Sandy Bridge CPUs the world of technology has undergone quite a change. Tablets, touchscreens and even dual-purpose laptops that can be either a laptop or a tablet have exploded all over the marketplace, requiring ever more energy efficient processors to allow a giant screen to be run from a battery without compromising the march towards ever thinner hardware that the public demands.

Although we're looking at the top-line Core i7-4770K today, the main thrust of the architecture is the same across the whole range of 4th Gen Intel processors. That is the combination of a powerful CPU we've all come to expect, ever improving integrated graphics processor (here the HD4600), some improved instruction sets to speed up the media and encryption functions we're all so reliant upon and all of it wrapped up in a package that consumes far less energy than its predecessors.

Intel Core i7-4770K Review  

As you can see there is a lot of improvements in the i7-4770K when compared to the i7-3770K. It's still a Quad-Core hyperthreaded CPU with fully unlocked overclocking capabilities. Should those not be enough to sate your desire for an ever smoother experience, the inclusion of various Intel trickery to speed up the processing of our media should ensure the latest Intel range ticks all the right boxes.

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Most Recent Comments

01-06-2013, 10:23:09

AverageNinja
Thanks for the review TTL!
Watching it now!Quote

01-06-2013, 10:38:36

maniac
let the marathon begin....Quote

01-06-2013, 11:10:11

Devastater6194
Can't see any of the graphs on my Galaxy S4. Comes up with plugin not supported message.Quote

01-06-2013, 11:20:57

MrKambo
well! thanks for the review Tom

well Haswell is not as dire as i thought it was gonna be, but from what ive seen and what i do with my rig, im better of sticking with my 3770K and and those wanting to upgrade from Sandy would benefit moreQuote

01-06-2013, 11:22:20

SieB
Not worth the upgrade then if you are already running SB or IB
I really wanted to upgrade but it's not worth the money or hassle to go from my 2500K to Haswell.

My last upgrade was from a Q6600 to my 2500K, and that was a huge! I'm not expecting my next upgrade to be as big as that was, but there is not enough real world difference to go from my 2500K to Haswell.

Haswell would be a good upgrade from an old AMD setup or an Intel 775 or 1366 setup though.Quote
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