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Written by David Ramsey   
Saturday, 01 June 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell Processor
Features and Specifications
Haswell and Z87
Processor Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition Tests
PCMark 7 Tests
CINEBENCH 11.5
Media Encoding Benchmarks
SPECviewperf 11 Test
SPECapc Lightwave
Blender and POV-Ray
HD4600: DX11 Performance
Core i7-4770K Overclocking
Haswell Final Thoughts
Core i7-4770K Conclusion

Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Desktop Processor Review

Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Product Name: Desktop Processor
Model Number: Core i7-4770K
Part Number: BX80646I74770K
Price As Tested: $349.99 (Newegg | Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Intel.

Many companies have committed to aggressive product introduction schedules, only to have them fall by the wayside as the reality of the development process overwhelmed the optimism of the marketing department. But Intel continues to stick to its annual "tick-tock" CPU release cycle, with Haswell family CPUs following only slightly more than a year after the groundbreaking Ivy Bridge line, which introduced low-leakage 3D transistors.

Intel's annual schedule works like this: first, release a new processor architecture, then, about a year later, introduce a process-shrink refinement. The new architecture is a "tock" and the process refinement is a "tick". Previously, Sandy Bridge CPUs were the "tock" and last year's Ivy Bridge CPUs were the "tick". Haswell, with a new microarchitecture, is built on the same 22nm process introduced by Ivy Bridge, and next year's 14nm Broadwell processors will be the "tick" to Haswell's "tock."

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Although it's not formalized, historically each CPU family gets its own socket. We went from Core 2's Socket 1136 to Sandy Bridge's Socket 1155, which was maintained for Ivy Bridge. Haswell, however, introduces a new Socket 1150, as well as a new supporting chipset family, represented at the high end by the Z87. So you won't be able to just drop a Core i7-4770K into your existing rig; you'll need to update the motherboard as well.

The increase in features and capabilities moving from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge was more significant than many expected. You can read our review of the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7-3770K here. The combination of Ivy Bridge and the supporting Z77 chipset brought Thunderbolt support, more PCI-E 3.0 lanes, native USB 3.0, official support of DDR3-1600, and Intel Rapid Start technology. With Haswell, Intel is introducing a full range of Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPUs, with special emphasis given to the mobile segment. However, what we've got today is their top-end desktop CPU, so let's see what it's got.



 

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# Laptops.alfie 2013-06-01 07:43
No wonder your OC crashed!

"even going to 4550GHz by tweaking the base clock resulted in crashes"

(4th para, pg 12)

Excellent write up David Ramsey. Thank you.

I wonder what TIM was used this time.

I feel this will be a very nice chip for the laptop crew as the GPU is a great step up.
I see nothing to make me shift from Sandy in my desktop, not even in the new chipsets.
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# RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorArgos 2013-06-01 08:01
I am a bit disappointed.
I will most likely get a new system this year an waited for Haswell (and the Nvidia 700 series), but it does not seem to be a very interesting new product for PC gamers like me.
Currently I have an i7920 with a GTX295.

Any recommendations, ideas, suggestions?
(My new GPU will most likely be the GTX780.)
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorArgos 2013-06-01 08:14
I'd like to ad that I also thought about buying a Intel Core I7 3820.
Would it be wise to switch to the new socket?
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# RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-01 10:55
You will see a substantial performance improvement moving from a 920 to a Haswell CPU. As I mentioned in the review, if you've upgrading your platform, there's little reason to spend money on the end-of-life LGA1155 platform unless you can find motherboards and CPUs significantly cheaper than Haswell-based components.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorArgos 2013-06-01 11:13
A substantial improvement?
Ok, being a layman that was not quite clear to me.

Is the LGA2011 platform at the end-of-life too?
The i7 3820 is a hundred bucks cheaper than the i74770 and appears to be just as powerful.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-01 13:27
Well, I did provide a link to my original Sandy Bridge review, which compared the then-new Core i7-2600K to a Core 2 950. The 2600K stomped all over the 950, so it's a reasonable assumption that the two-generations-newer 4770K would be much faster than a 920.

Yes, a Core i7-3820 will be (for all intents and purposes) about the same performance as a 4770K, except in things that use the integrated GPU like Quick Sync. You would have to buy an expensive LGA2011 motherboard, though. And while the LGA 2011 isn't EOL, it's a more expensive platform overall, and it's not really worth the money unless (A) you really anticipate a need for a six-core CPU in the future, or (B) can really used all those PCI-E lanes. In the meantime you're giving up the advantages of the Haswell platform, like more SATA 6G ports, integrated USB 3.0, and all those fun Intel SSD caching things.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorArgos 2013-06-01 14:53
Mr. Ramsey,
Thank you so much for your time.
You've really helped me to decide.
One can read all the reviews one can digest, but for a layman it is very difficult to get a clear view of these complex technical matters.
I might wait a few more months (if I can muster the patience) and then I will opt for a Haswell based machine with a GTX780.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-01 13:29
Also, on Newegg right now a Core i7-3820 is $299.99, while the MSRP of a 4770K is $339.99. That's only $40 difference, and you'll probably spend that much more on an LGA2011 motherboard.
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorRob 2013-06-01 10:24
It all depends on what you want to do with your machine and is your machine currently meeting your needs. I was considering going with the Haswell upgrade and the GTX 770 but then looked at my usage to see if my machine was being taxed or missing some feature. My answer was, no I am not missing anything. I have the same CPU as you but have a GPU GTX 570. I also had the GTX 295 and when I upgraded to the GTX 570 there was a huge improvement. I also put in an SSD which helped out a bit as well. You also have to remember most games a console ports as well.
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# RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorArgos 2013-06-01 11:21
My system is foremost used as a gaming computer. I am a heavy gamer. I also work with large databases containing tens of thousands of records.

I noticed that my GTX295 has difficulty keeping up with the latest games. And I want my machine to be able to run games like Metro Last Light, and the upcoming Watchdogs, Batman Arkham Origins, and most of all GTA V etc without any problems.
I read somewhere that my current motherboard would limit the newer much faster videocards like the GTX780 in their data throughput. So I figured I needed a new system.
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# GPU.alfie 2013-06-01 11:32
I would upgrade your GPU first, then investigate what level of GPU will saturate PCI-e2 (a single 780 will not, a 690 might a bit), if you're still not happy with the performance you can upgrade the CPU/board and carry the GPU accross to a new board.

Unless you have cash to burn then just buy the best :D

Just my 2cents.
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# RE: GPU.Argos 2013-06-01 12:25
Thanks. Something to consider... but my current system is so stable and reliable I hate the thought of breaking it up. I don't want to jinks it :). I think I might keep it intact as a backup system.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-01 14:19
Theoretically, yes, the PCI-E 2.0 lanes on older motherboards only offer half the throughput of the PCI-E 3.0 lanes on a newer motherboard.

In terms of game playing, though, no current video card can even come close to saturating the bandwidth of 16 PCI-E 2.0 lanes. So a newer motherboard won't help there.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell Processorcube 2013-06-02 10:09
I have the i920. stock and all i did was add an SSD - and Nvidia 680 GTX - ALL my games run butter smooth still. - i have no problem in the cpu department. still considering the upgrade just cause.
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorPico 2013-07-10 03:30
Keep that 920.

I have an i7-2600K that I can push to 4800Ghz.
Can only push the 4770K to 4400Ghz.

But even with both at 4400Ghz, the 2600K is far faster than the 4770K.

I do not play games. I am a developer and I usually compile 24 huge projects at the same time which pushes the CPU to the max.
After I do a 7Zip to all 24 EXEs at the same time again.

The 2600K finishes the same task way faster than the 4770K.

Don't know why but its the disappointed truth.

Have an i7-2600K + Asus P8P67 WS Revolution and now an i7-4770K + ASUS Z87 Deluxe.

Will have to sell this new babies and keep the 2600K.

Hope this helps some of you.

Pico
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# RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorChris 2013-06-01 11:59
To be honest, the CPU performance is where I expected. On average, we're looking at a minor performance gain of perhaps 5% on average. Also, the reason why power consumption went up is because they integrated the voltage regulators onto the chip itself, so power:performance is not going to go up.

What really bugs me about this is that well, Intel has taken VT-d out of the K series of parts. It's a matter of chasing short term profits for long term gains IMO. Actually, if they wanted enthusiasts to buy Xeons, they could try to sell a "K" series of Xeon cpu.

Then you realize that Intel is a monopoly and that well, they can pull this sort of segmentation off because well, there's nothing the competition can do.
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell Processorcaring1 2013-06-01 14:34
Except bring out their own performance, unlocked Processor.
Something which AMD has in their plans for future release.
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# RE: RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-01 17:21
What do you mean? AMD's _current_ CPUs are unlocked.
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# LeeLee 2013-06-02 01:57
Would this be a big upgrade for me as I have a i5750 Lynnfield cpu.

I do a lot of desktop and programs work on three 1200 res monitors and sometimes the computer slows down . even when transferring files from one hard drive to another it can kill the system.

would I benefit upgrading my system would I see a big upgrade at the same clock speed.

thanks for any advice
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# RE: LeeDavid Ramsey 2013-06-02 08:38
My guess would be that the CPU is the least important part of your system as regards performance. After all, transferring files from one disk to another isn't a very CPU-intensive activity, so upgrading to a faster CPU probably wouldn't help.

Without knowing more it's hard to say what the problem is. If you're running an old XP box, it's probably full of crufty software junk. Limited RAM can affect performance as stuff must be continually swapped out to disk, and hard disks themselves could be slow.

For most people, upgrading from a hard disk to an SSD is the single biggest performance improvement they can make. You might want to try this and see if it helps. You can of course always use the SSD if you decide to subsequently upgrade the entire system.
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# RE: RE: LeeLee 2013-06-02 10:00
thanks

windows 7 and have two f3 samsungs and 4gig ram that uses 60%

still wanting to upgrade but wanted to know if it was worth it

thanks
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# RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorAki 2013-06-03 04:33
Srory (to set the scene) and then one question I'd like opinions on pls. I also run an i920 and it's currently clocked at 3.8 without breaking a sweat. The only reason I kept it down there is because I don't want my missus complaining about fan noise when she's working on her laptop (and I'm gaming next to her). I was thinking of upgrading my CPU (which would effectively constitute a rebuild with mobo and memory and cpu).

I've had no issues with gaming or working through windows, it was more of an 'upgrade itch'. So in the end I backpedalled out of the rebuild idea. I had been running on my XFX 5870 GPU for the last three and bit years, so opted to put the cash there instead and went for a Vapor-X 7970GhZ. Money well spend imho. I can probably squeeze some more out the i7920 (DO) if I need to, and wait till next year for Broadwell before I rebuild....or at least that's my thinking, and the question is, do people agree with the approach?
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-03 05:07
The performance of the Haswell at the same clock speed will be substantially better than that of the i920. That said, it's hard to predict how it would affect your frame rates in games. When I compared the 950 to the then-new Sandy Bridge 2600K, overall performance was 35% better on benchmarks, but I didn't do any "game frame rate with discrete video card" tests. The 920 was a great CPU and I think your strategy of going for a video card upgrade was the right one in this case.4jnft
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorRob 2013-06-03 07:58
I agree with your approach with just upgrading the video card and waiting for Broadwell I plan on doing the same.

I am almost in the same position as you(see my comment above).
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# RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell Processorsamiullah shah 2013-06-12 11:16
i want to know that is there any compatibility issue if use core i7 4770k with asus maximus vi extream ??
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# RE: RE: Intel Core-i7 4770K Haswell ProcessorDavid Ramsey 2013-06-12 16:41
I would imagine not. It would be quite embarrassing for ASUS if there was.
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# managerdarsikun 2014-01-29 22:14
would I benefit upgrading my system would I see a big upgrade at the same clock speed.

thanks for any advice
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# managerdarsikun 2014-01-29 22:15
I can probably squeeze some more out the i7920 (DO) if I need to, and wait till next year for Broadwell before I rebuild....or at least that's my thinking, and the question is, do people agree with the approach?
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