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#1 Andre S.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 00:38

See link: http://www.tomshardw...mance,3461.html

The review unfortunately says nothing about power consumption, heat or overclocking, but it does look like Haswell is another solid incremental upgrade over the previous generation. Software recompiled to take advantage of the new AVX2 and TSX instructions should see much larger gains.

The gaming performance remains disappointing and those looking for decent integrated graphics performance should probably still go with AMD's Trinity.

I'll eagerly await pricing and availability. :)


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:34

Cool and thanks for sharing!

I'm impressed by the perfomance of HD graphics 4600. You can pretty much play WoW without discreet graphics now :D

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:36

INtel isn't happy about that https://twitter.com/...593122103885824

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:02

Sounds like the expected performance increase. I personally am just waiting for it to come out for LGA1150 so I won't be one socket behind when I upgrade from my i7-870.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:14

It looks like a modest improvement over Ivybridge, which was itself only a modest improvement over Sandybridge. While it's great to have improvements in productivity apps I'm most interested in gaming performance and overclocking. I'm disappointed that Intel isn't pushing beyond quad-core, especially when they already have hexa-core processors on the market with the LGA2011 chipset.

Overall I don't see anything to get excited about and if it's a poor overclocker or is excessively priced then that's going to kill demand.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:29

2-6% cpu improvement and 20% gpu improvement is pretty poor :( I was hoping for 10% cpu improvement and 40%+ gpu improvement.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:30

Overall I don't see anything to get excited about and if it's a poor overclocker or is excessively priced then that's going to kill demand.

i agree w/ you. I'd like to upgrade my Desktop this summer, but i'm having trouble getting excited for Haswell. My 920 may be old now, but it still handles anything i throw at it. I suppose what i can get excited about are the chipset enhancements ive been missing - SATA3, USB3, PCI-e 3.0, UEFI...

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:33

i agree w/ you. I'd like to upgrade my Desktop this summer, but i'm having trouble getting excited for Haswell. My 920 may be old now, but it still handles anything i throw at it. I suppose what i can get excited about are the chipset enhancements ive been missing - SATA3, USB3, PCI-e 3.0, UEFI...


In the same boat as you just with a 870. All I'm looking to upgrade for is to have the latest socket and native USB3/SATA3 support, and perhaps lower power consumption with a Haswell i5.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:36

Nice spot. Looks like decent gains overall, but nothing to write home about if you already have an Ivy Bridge chip. Disappointing that Intel aren't really looking for anything more than quad core though. I guess with AMD effectively out of the game at the top end, Intel aren't really pushing the boat out.

Will be nice to see the power consumption figures, since this is where Haswell is (supposedly) going to excel.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 15:29

These numbers should be taken with a grain of salt as by THG's own admission, their test setup was clearly not tuned correctly, and the review hasn't been even approved by Intel. I expect later reviews to show Haswell in a better light.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 21:46

i agree w/ you. I'd like to upgrade my Desktop this summer, but i'm having trouble getting excited for Haswell. My 920 may be old now, but it still handles anything i throw at it. I suppose what i can get excited about are the chipset enhancements ive been missing - SATA3, USB3, PCI-e 3.0, UEFI...


I have the same plan but will watch to see if Harwell is worth it. If I do not feel like there is a lot to offer then I will wait for the next tick.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 21:54

Only time will tell :shiftyninja:

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 22:08

I'm going to stick with my i7 920 till it dies. Intel will probably be talking about it's i7 7770 chips by then.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 22:17

Granted these are only the first benchmarks taken with a pinch of salt, I don't think that its far off the mark.
Everyone already predicted that haswell will be a 10-15% bump.

This is why we need AMD to step up, I remember the golden era of about ~2000 to 2007 when AMD and Intel were going hard at each other and each had to actually try to get their name at the top.

Intel knows it can do this drip and drab strategy cause lets be honest AMD has pretty much gone to **** since the Intel Core era..

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 22:21

Release Ivy Bridge-E or "Intel, go home".