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Intel Haswell: here’s what you need to know

Intel Haswell

Intel Haswell Desktop lineup:

Currently, Intel has launched a total of 12 desktop processors; all of which are quad core. Six of these 12 processors are Core i7 and they comes with hyper-threading effectively giving 8 threads. The Core i7 lineup includes a mix of 84W, 65W, 45W and 35W chips. All of them have Intel HD 4600 graphics but there is one special SKU, the Core i7-4770R, which comes in BGA package and features the most high-end Iris Pro 5200 graphics.

Intel Haswell CPU

Here is a table comparing all the Core i7 SKUs:

Intel 4th Gen Core i7 Haswell Desktop Processors
Core i7-4770K Core i7-4770 Core i7-4770S Core i7-4770T Core i7-4770R Core i7-4765T
Cores/Threads 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8
CPU Base Freq 3.5 3.4 3.1 2.5 3.2 2.0
Max Turbo 3.9 (Unlocked) 3.9 3.9 3.7 3.9 3.0
Test TDP 84W 84W 65W 45W 65W 35W
HD Graphics 4600 4600 4600 4600 Iris Pro 5200 4600
GPU Max Clock 1250 1200 1200 1200 1300 1200
L3 Cache 8MB 8MB 8MB 8MB 6MB 8MB
DDR3 Support 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600
Package LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150 BGA LGA-1150
Price $339 $303 $303 $303 $303

Similarly, Intel is starting off with six Core i5 quad-core SKUs all of which have HD 4600 graphics. There are no surprises here; all of the chips come in LGA package and have 84W, 65W or 45W TDP.

Here is a table comparing all the Core i5 SKUs:

Intel 4th Gen Core i5 Haswell Desktop Processors
Core i5-4670K Core i5-4670 Core i5-4670S Core i5-4670T Core i5-4570 Core i5-4570S
Cores/Threads 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
CPU Base Freq 3.4 3.4 3.1 2.3 3.2 2.9
Max Turbo 3.8 (Unlocked) 3.8 3.8 3.3 3.6 3.6
Test TDP 84W 84W 65W 45W 84W 65W
HD Graphics 4600 4600 4600 4600 4600 4600
GPU Max Clock 1200 1200 1200 1200 1150 1150
L3 Cache 6MB 6MB 6MB 6MB 6MB 6MB
DDR3 Support 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600 1333/1600
Package LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150 LGA-1150
Price $242 $213 $213 $213 $192 $192

Right now, Intel hasn’t launched any budget Haswell processors as there doesn’t seem to be any real need for them. They’ll probably come in dual-core Core i3 and Core i5 flavors at-least a couple of months later. Currently, low-end Ivy Bridge chips will cater this market.

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