Intel Haswell Benchmarks and News

Intel Haswell Benchmarks and News

With the rumors flying around about the Intel Haswell CPU, I figured I’d do a little round up for you guys.  I’ve gone through just about every site out there in attempts to find the most up to date and unique information I can find.  Needless to say, Wikipedia appears to be on it rather well, but I’ll make it a bit easier to read.

Will the Intel Haswell ship in a BGA packages? (AKA Will the CPU will be soldered to the motherboard)


Yes and no.  The Intel Haswell will ship in BGA packages for smaller form NUC devices, ultrabooks, and all in one systems.  This is obviously going to be a better solution for smaller form PC’s, however it may hurt the chances of repairing some systems.  There are actually five different types of Intel Haswell types. Only 1 of these is related to the desktop version.

  1. Haswell-DT -Desktop version, LGA1150 socket
  2. Haswell-MB – Mobile/Laptop version, PGA Socket
  3. Haswell-H – All in one systems and mini-itx.
  4. Haswell-Ult – For ultrabooks
  5. Haswell-ULX – Lower powered version for certain ultrabooks and tablets.

From the looks of the list, everything but the Haswell-DT will likely ship in a BGA package.  The Haswell-MB version may not have a soldered type design, however I wouldn’t count on it.

Here’s the latest leaked information concerning the Intel Haswell BGA packages.

BGA Packages

Current Specifications released

  • Die Size.022 Micron
  • Cores4
  • Processori7-4770k
  • L2 Cache size1024kb
  • L3 Cache
    6MB / 8 MB
  • Power (Watt)35-84
  • Socket
    Socket 1150/H3/LGA1150




The Ship Date, and the Benchmarks.

First off, the Intel Haswell is expected to ship out in June 2013.  Meaning we’re only a few short months away from being forced to upgrade and buy yet another new motherboard.  You did catch that earlier right?  The Intel Haswell will compatible with socket LGA1150 motherboards, meaning you will need to upgrade.  Otherwise not a whole lot has changed in terms of the physical factor.


To be completely honest, the benchmarks weren’t overly impressed.  I do recall Intel throwing a fit over Tom’s Hardware review of the I7-4770k because of the lame benchmark scores it published.  Since then Intel has come out and said that the Intel Haswell will be optimized for performance on Windows Blue.  Not much else to say about that, we’ll just have to wait for both Windows Blue and the Intel Haswell to be released before we can find out.  For now, here’s the only legitimate benchmark I could find:

Intel Haswell - i7-4770k skyrim-wow benchs

Intel Haswell - I7-4770k Benchmark


Looks impressive right?  Think again.  Check out exactly how these were benched.  These are based solely off of on board graphics, something the Intel Haswell excels at.  It’s reported that the Intel Haswell GT3 integrated GPU will have double the performance when compared to the Ivy Bridge HD4000.


Intel Haswell - I7-4770k Handbrake


I’d post up more benchmarks, but this is about as good as it gets.  The i7-4770k is only able to beat the i7-3970K once in a single thread application.  This isn’t very impressive, when I think of Intel Haswell I get all giddy, and this just isn’t doing it.


My thoughts

Overall, the Intel Haswell series will be an minor improvement over the current sandy bridge CPU’s out there.  The big winner here is going to be those who use on board graphics.  You’ll surely love the improvements, and it really was about time someone did something about on board GPU’s other than AMD’s APUs.  I’m still a little disappointed in the i7-4770k.  I figured it would handle task much better than the i7-3970k, but maybe we’ll see improvements once Windows Blue releases as Intel promises.  Until then, I think you’ll be just fine holding on to your sandy bridge’s.

Have something to add or do you plan on upgrading?  Leave it in the comments, I’d like to hear everyone’s opinion.


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