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Intel Core i7 4790 (Haswell Refresh) CPU and Z97 Performance Preview

By: Shawn Baker | Intel CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: May 6, 2014 4:31 pm

Final Thoughts


It's fairly safe to say that you probably shouldn't get too excited about the upcoming Haswell refresh - especially when it comes to the non-K series based processors which really are just a speed bump. What will be more interesting is the release of the K based processors. While they will carry the same speed bump, what we're really hoping for is better overclocking in both the core and memory department.


It doesn't feel like there's a whole lot that needs to be said. We're of course a little early when it comes to looking at the performance of the new processor and it's more than likely we'll see companies offer us a BIOS update or two in the coming weeks before the processors are released.


It's really quite hard to get excited about the Haswell refresh. What it ultimately is bringing to the table is some extra MHz at the same price point as the chips it's replacing. That's not a bad thing. We all love free performance. If you're already packing a Haswell based processor, though, you're probably not about to run out and buy one of these new refreshed CPUs, especially if you're on a K based processor.


What probably interest us more when it comes to the Haswell Refresh is the new Intel Z97 chipset based boards that will be launching before the processors. These we will start to see next week and we've already got a bunch of them piling up behind us waiting to be tested. ASUS, ASRock and GIGABTYE all have some great boards and we're already sitting on a bunch of them.


In the end, the Core i7 4790 CPU is really everything you'd expect - a refreshed version of the i7 4770 which brings with it an extra 100MHz at the same price. If you're ready to buy a new CPU, then we'd recommend you wait a few weeks, as you may as well buy yourself a new Z97 based system using one of the refreshed Intel Haswell chips.

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