Intel Core i7 4770 Quad Core Retail CPU (Socket 1150, 3.40GHz, 8MB, Haswell, 84W, Intel Graphics, BX80646I74770, 4th Generation Intel Core, Turbo Boost Technology 2.0)
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Intel's 4th gen processor codename: Haswell offers superior performance over the previous generation Ivybridge by up to 10% clock for clock. This astounding performance boost results in performance improvements in multi-tasking, encoding, gaming and multithreaded applications. Intel's 4th generation processor has improved PCI-Lane 3.0 bandwidth which helps further boost performance of latest generation 3 graphics cards for the ultimate gaming experience.
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The biggest leap in Intel's Haswell processor is the on-board graphics which is now up to 2.6x faster than previous HD4000 found in the Ivybridge CPU. What this means is these latest processors can actually play the latest games in HD with low/medium settings applied. Of course if you want to experience True HD gaming at maximum details then a dedicated graphics card is still a must.
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Intel 4th Generation Core i7 (4770) 3.4GHz Quad Core Processor
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I'm far from being an IT luddite but I don't for a minute claim to understand the finer details of the differences between this and the K version (bar the obvious unlocked status of the K). I knew I had no desire to overclock and various reviews talk about functionality in this chip that is disabled in the K version. It's that functionality that I am clueless about, I know I have it, I don't know (or care) what it does.
To my great surprise, whilst this is locked and clocked at 3.4Ghz boosting to 3.9Ghz mine seems to sit around 4.016Ghz on my Asus Z87 Pro motherboard (see image). Again I don't claim to understand this I'm merely reporting it for those that might. I'm sure someone will put me right!
The processor was a doddle to fit, drop it in, close the flap, push the cooler into place and use a flat blade screwdriver to lock the 4 'feet' of the cooler in place, done.
I am using the stock cooler in a Corsair 300R case and the fans rarely get beyond about 50% speed, albeit I appreciate I am not exactly taxing the system yet.
From the point of using my new computer, it's fantastic and in its main job as a digital darkroom it flies along with my 26,000 photo catalogue in LR5.2.
Down the line I might even buy a game just to see what it can do.
Officially you're supposed to need a Q87 motherboard to fully support VT-d, but I've teamed this up with an ASRock H87 Pro4 (also from Amazon) and this is fully working in vSphere 5.1. Supposedly ASRock support VT-d on most of their boards unlike other vendors. You'll just need to add the network driver into the ESXi bootable disk so that it all works as things stand as these new boards feature the Intel I217-V which ESXi doesn't support out of the box.
It's an easy job to fix and takes literally a few minutes.
One thing to keep an eye out for is the fan. On the OEM cooler provided with this the wiring was wrapped too tightly around the fan which stopped it spinning so the first time you power up make sure to check that the fan is actually working. Otherwise you'll be cooking an expensive breakfast - it had fired into the BIOS and the CPU temp had hit 70c within seconds without the fan so make sure it's working!
Performance wise this thing flies with around a 9 second SuperPi score, and you get 4 cores and 8 logical threads thanks to HyperThreading.
If you don't want to overclock and want to run a fully functioning stable home VMware / Microsoft Hyper-V / Citrix Xen lab this is the chip for you! It's also quite handy at Hashcat when mixed with an AMD 7970 or two.
The system as a whole with an SSD can boot to the Windows 8 metro interface (or whatever they're calling it these days) around as quick as it takes my Dell screen to do the HDMI handshake - ie it's fast enough!
I should really have bought the 4770K processor to complement the Z87 Pro but I know nowt about over clocking (ATM) so would probably have broke something. The MB looks the dogs with it's golden yellow casings and flashy lights :)
The whole lot took about 3 hours to assemble and install the OS with latest updates.
Running Cinema4D on it with a 23inch monitor (I already had) is superb, it's incredibly quick though it need more ram and second SSD would help with AE.
Coming from a Mac background and using Cinema4D and After Effects CC on a 2.2Ghz quad core i7 MacBook Pro 17" the difference is staggering. The MBP scores 416 on Cinebench R15, the Haswell system as detailed above scores 780. The 4770K would be a bit quicker stock but with a reasonable cooling solution and some moderate over clocking the Cinebench score would be MUCH higher I suspect.
Leaving it rendering over the course of a couple of days doesn't seem it trouble it in the slightest with core temps hovering between 60 - 70 degrees celsius with a stock intel CPU fan.
Very impressed with stability so far and speed wise it's very fast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very high performing CPU, worth the money. Gets around 750 score on cinnebench, great gaming performance especially for games that can utilise the 8 logical processors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert
Tecchy son loved it, purchased to upgrade gaming computer & does the job perfectlyPublished 7 months ago by SueC
This has been purchase for a computer build so I have no idea yet how it will performPublished 20 months ago by MRS BEVERLEY DODDS
Intel processors are dearer that AMD equivalents but they seem to run cooler. Having spent £50 on a water cooling system to keep an AMD processor happy I suspect that you get what... Read morePublished 20 months ago by CW
Faster and Cooler than my previous AMD processor on Video editing and Media centre PCPublished 23 months ago by Mr. Rodney Matthews