Intel Haswell: Do You Need To Upgrade?

This past June saw the launch of the latest member of the Intel processor family-The Haswell processor, the successor to the Ivy Bridge range. And as usual, the first thing everyone wanted to know was how this new product is better than its predecessor.

Advantages Of Intel Haswell

Intel Haswell

Well to start with, given its reputation, Intel is known to launch only when it makes clear cut advancements in technology. For example, in the case of the multiprocessor industry, the change has only occurred when there has been a step forward in the manufacturing process, such as the bunk from 65nm to55nm or from 32nm to 22nm. The 22nm processor was what we saw at last year’s launch of the Ivy Bridge range.

1. The Haswell processor also follows 22nm, but the difference is that Intel has targeted the architecture, accounting for a 1W decrease (from 55W to 54W) for the non-low poser models. Now considering that for fourth generation CPUs a portion of the voltage regulation has been transferred to the CPU itself, the difference, though small, becomes the trump for Haswell.

2. The biggest upgrade seems to be in the HD graphics, moving to HD 4400 from the core i3-4130. The GPUs are a considerable change as well – it down clocks to 350Hz as opposed to 650Hz for the core i3-3240. There is also a boost in the graphics frequency from 100MHz to 1.15GHz.

3. APUs have been generally tapping into system RAM for the integrated graphics processor. This meant that as long as you are not using a discrete graphics card, you will see better performance in games by using faster RAM. The performance, however, was never as good as the on-package RAM. So Intel has introduced an on-chip memory in the form of an eDRAM cache, but it is compatible with a select few desktop CPU sporting Intel Iris graphic with the ‘R’ designation such as the Intel Code i7-4770R.

4. Another advantage of the Core i7-4770K, successor to Core i7-3770K, is that it offers four physical cores and four virtual ones, due to hyper-threading. For those who do not require hyper-threading, there is the Core i5-4670K.

What are the major differences in the Intel Haswell Specs?

1. The TDPs offered by both the CPUs are a nice 84W. This is in fact higher the Ivy Bridges by almost 7W. The transistor count, on the other hand, remains pretty much the same at 1.4 billion.

2. The Level 3 cache is also unchanged at 8 MB. Turbo and boost frequencies of both the processors are also pretty much the same at 3.9 and 3.5 GHz respectively.

3. But these CPUs are expected to show much better IGP performance when compared to the Ivy Bridges. DirectX 11.1 and DisplayPort 1.2 are also supported by the new GPU.

4. The Intel Haswell sockets are also a new feature with the LGA 1150 socket for desktops. New sockets for mobile have also been introduced – the rPGA947 and BGA1364.

Will I need to change the hardware to upgrade to Haswell?

The simple answer is no, you won’t. There will be no need for a RAM upgrade. The only CPU and motherboard will need to be changed. We hope you found this Intel Haswell review helpful.

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