Intel Haswell Core i5-4670K & Core i7-4770K Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅01-06-13
Features, Specifications & Micro-architecture
8-Way Multi-Task Processing: Runs 8 independent processing threads in one physical package.
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0: Dynamically increases the processor frequency up to 3.9 GHz when applications demand more performance. Speed when you need it, energy efficiency when you don’t.
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology: Allows each core of the processor to work on two tasks at the same time providing unprecedented processing capability for better multi-tasking, and for threaded applications.
Intel® Smart Cache: 8MB of shared cached allows faster access to your data by enabling dynamic and efficient allocation of the cache to match the needs of each core significantly reducing latency to frequently used data and improving performance.
CPU Overclocking Enabled (with Intel® Z87 Chipset)[1],2: Fully unlocked core multiplier, power, base clock and DDR3 memory ratios enable ultimate flexibility for overclocking.
Graphics Overclocking Enabled (with Intel® 8 Series Chipset) 3: Unlocked graphics multiplier allows for overclocking to boost the graphics clock speed.
Integrated Memory Controller: Supports 2 channels of DDR3-1600 memory with 2 DIMMs per channel. Support for memory based on the Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (Intel® XMP) specification2.
Chipset/Motherboard Compatibility: Compatible with all Intel® 8 Series Chipsets
AES-NI: Provides processor instructions that help to improve performance for AES encryption and decryption algorithms.
Built-in Visuals3: New enhanced built-in visual features deliver a seamless visual PC experience for doing everything from simple e-mail to enjoying the latest 3D and HD entertainment. The built-in visuals suite includes:
- Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Media processing for incredibly fast conversion of video files for portable media players or online sharing.
- Intel®InTru™3D: Stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray* playback experience in full HD 1080p resolution over HDMI 1.4 with 3D.
- Intel® Clear Video HD Technology: Visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for spectacular HD playback and immersive web browsing.
- Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions 2.0 (Intel® AVX 2.0) : Increased performance for demanding visual applications like professional video & image editing.
- Intel® HD Graphics 4600: Significant 3D performance for immersive mainstream gaming on a broad range of titles. The dynamic graphics frequency ranges up to 1250MHz.

Haswell features new AVX2 instructions and although these extensions are not widely used by applications just yet, in the near future we expect them to be utilised by applications. As is typical of microprocessors nowadays, Haswell has an integrated graphics processor (IGP). This is the next iteration, namely Intel HD 4600 and allows for Bluray playback and light/casual gaming.

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