Intel Core i7 4770K and Z87 chipset review

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Thanks for the in depth review Hilbert. Looks like the 3770K is still going very strong.
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gonna keep my lovely 2700K, might get another board to oc it further to 5.0ghz. not real improvement over SB or IB.
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Thorough review as always but is it me or is the i7-4770K a spectacularly unexciting product? I'm not sure why it was even released when it performs exactly the same as the i7-3770K. If the CPU ran cooler then that might have been something to shout about but, again, it's exactly the same as the 3770K. :3eyes: My i7-920 is getting on for 5 years old but, right now, I think I'd be better off waiting for the next-gen consoles to come out then buying a 6-core CPU around then. I see absolutely no need to upgrade to Haswell right now although USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0 (why do the slides on page 6 all show PCI-E 2.0?) and SATAIII would, undoubtedly, be nice things to have. In fact, those things are way more appealing than the CPU upgrade itself. At one time, CPU upgrades used to be exciting events, promising faster performance in games, but now they seem to offer very little for gamers who already have powerful graphics cards.
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nnot enough of an improvement to bother for me, I dont want another quad core cpu. my freaking phone has a quad core. I will save up for a 6 core or something
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Haswell right now although USB 3.0, PCI-E 3.0 (why do the slides on page 6 all show PCI-E 2.0?) and SATAIII would, undoubtedly, be nice things to have. In fact, those things are way more appealing than the CPU upgrade itself.
You are looking at the PCH (south-bridge chipset) which have 2.0 links. The PCIe lanes for Graphics come directly from the processor and are 3.0
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Cracking review. Intel I am disappoint. The IGPU performance is great but to release a processor on a new chipset that fails to beat its predecessor in performance and has the same heat issue will see most of us leaving very much alone. As Darren says, his 920 is still going very strong indeed.
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At what Voltage does the memory run in the review? Because i hear left and right 1.5v or you blow the controller on the CPU, others say it's bull**** and 1.65v is just fine. I'm really lost now, cuz Memory is the final part i need for my Haswell upgrade.
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At what Voltage does the memory run in the review? Because i hear left and right 1.5v or you blow the controller on the CPU, others say it's bull**** and 1.65v is just fine. I'm really lost now, cuz Memory is the final part i need for my Haswell upgrade.
I've had 1.65 on the MSI and Gigabyte motherboards with the DDR3 mem at 2400 MHz, I wouldn't worry about it too much really.
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Not unexpected, yet still disappointing.
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What was the revision of the motherboard? Could you check for the USB 3 sleep bug?
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Intel has not released a new revision and the USB 3.0 sleep bug only happens with some specific storage units that Intel did not share. I did connect multiple devices to USB 3.o to replicate that bug, yet was unable to spot it.
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"Here's another subtlety you should know about, when Intel released Ivy Bridge people noticed that Ivy Bridge processors overheat quite fast once you pass 1.30 Volts on the processor, which has everything to do with the TIM / Intel Heat-spreader used." :bang: :bang: :bang:
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Maybe Intel is just trying to give AMD time to catch up for some strange reason. Besides the new MB's that are really nice this reminds me of AMD release of the FX 8150. If you had a 1090T/1100T it was a waste to upgrade just for the CPU. I'm sure the 4770K will sell well because of people wanting new MB's but that's the only reason. Nice review as always.
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Maybe Intel is just trying to give AMD time to catch up for some strange reason. Besides the new MB's that are really nice this reminds me of AMD release of the FX 8150. If you had a 1090T/1100T it was a waste to upgrade just for the CPU. I'm sure the 4770K will sell well because of people wanting new MB's but that's the only reason. Nice review as always.
Or if you're like me and building a comp from scratch, then it might be useful to get :P
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Looks like I'm going to pass the die shrink version too. 2600K/3770K will last looooong time.
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Ill be getting it anyways. My SSD isbeing hold back by like 200 MB\s due to SATA 300. My videocard is PCI-E Gen 3 ready which could be a 2-3% gain in performance (not a whole lot i know, but every bit counts). Also my Case is USB 3.0 ready and i got a couple of USB 3.0 devices by now. X58 is just getting a bit old by now, it's been almost 4 years since i bought it. Performance might be a bit dissapointing atm, but there will be new BIOS Firmware, Chipset Drivers. I highly doubt i will be throwing away money.
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Intel has not released a new revision and the USB 3.0 sleep bug only happens with some specific storage units that Intel did not share. I did connect multiple devices to USB 3.o to replicate that bug, yet was unable to spot it.
Thanks for that 😀 How much of an overclock can I expect at stock voltage? My 920 goes upto 3.5 GHz undervolted so something equivalent would be nice.
Ill be getting it anyways. My SSD isbeing hold back by like 200 MB\s due to SATA 300. My videocard is PCI-E Gen 3 ready which could be a 2-3% gain in performance (not a whole lot i know, but every bit counts). Also my Case is USB 3.0 ready and i got a couple of USB 3.0 devices by now. X58 is just getting a bit old by now, it's been almost 4 years since i bought it. Performance might be a bit dissapointing atm, but there will be new BIOS Firmware, Chipset Drivers. I highly doubt i will be throwing away money.
My view is the same. I want the Z87 Deluxe by Asus and SSD's wouldn't work to their full potential on my current build anyway. i'm not sure about hex-cores though as new consoles have such weak processors and we have hyper threading.
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Thanks for that 😀 How much of an overclock can I expect at stock voltage? My 920 goes upto 3.5 GHz undervolted so something equivalent would be nice. My view is the same. I want the Z87 Deluxe by Asus and SSD's wouldn't work to their full potential on my current build anyway. i'm not sure about hex-cores though as new consoles have such weak processors and we have hyper threading.
For Gaming Hexa Core is a waste of money. If you do Heavy Video Rendering Hexa Core is what you want.
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Maybe Intel is just trying to give AMD time to catch up for some strange reason. Besides the new MB's that are really nice this reminds me of AMD release of the FX 8150. If you had a 1090T/1100T it was a waste to upgrade just for the CPU. I'm sure the 4770K will sell well because of people wanting new MB's but that's the only reason. Nice review as always.
If Intel was trying to let AMD catch up, and AMD indeed caught up then they would have to start offering there CPUs at a more competitive price. You know that will never happen. A nice CPU for new builds but like many have said, no reason to upgrade unless your one of those persons that has to have the newest and greatest * cought * Titan customers *cough*
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Pretty disappointing the graphics has been upped yet still well below trinity's, so much for the hype that Intel had going for it's graphics. Sandy bridge was the best and still a fantastic performer and overclocks better too this TIM Intel uses is a useless and should go back to soldering the IHS.