Intel Core i7-4770K Review
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.
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.