Intel 4670K i5 Haswell Review & Overclocking

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel 4670K i5 Haswell Review & Overclocking

Introduction

Like the rest of you we very much enjoy seeing what is possible from the top end hardware. There are few things more exciting than comparing a beastly piece of hardware to the previous market leader and seeing what would be achievable with a lottery win or the death of a wealthy uncle.

We are, however, equally aware that the majority of users haven't got the finances to run a system with a i7-4770K in it. Most of us don't even require the computational power it can provide. You only have to look at the popularity of the 2nd Generation Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5-2500K to know that a high-clocking, affordable CPU can sell by the container load. We hardly know anyone who hasn't had one of these processors at the heart of their system at one time or another. 

With the release of Haswell and the 4th Generation of Intel CPU's we have, rightly, kept our focus on the range topping i7-4770K CPU in our early tests, but the performance of the Aria pre-overclocked bundles which were based around the Core i5-4670K, piqued our interest and we had to find our for ourselves if this really was the LGA1150 equivalent to the monster-selling i5-2500K.

Technical Specifications

As always with a processor the specifications are largely of interest to developers rather than the average user who just cares about how many clocks and at what speed they run. The i5-4670K is a pure quad-core, with no hyper-threading, based on a 22nm process with a low TDP of 84W and the latest Intel instruction sets.

StatusLaunched
Launch DateQ2'13
Processor Numberi5-4670K
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Clock Speed3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.8 GHz
Cache6 MB
# of QPI Links0
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE 4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography22 nm
Max TDP84 W

 

Intel® Turbo Boost Technology2.0
Intel® vPro TechnologyNo
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x)Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)No
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
AES New InstructionsYes
Intel® TSX-NINo
Intel® 64Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft TechnologyYes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechnologyYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Execute Disable BitYes
Intel® Secure KeyYes
Intel® Identity Protection TechnologyYes

  

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01-10-2013, 06:18:09

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...054219555l.jpg

Today we look at the 4th Generation i5 from Intel, the 4670K. Is this the true successor to the i5-2500K? What is the overcloking like without the hyperthreading?


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01-10-2013, 08:57:13

R0Y
YeY! That's my chip! YeY!

01-10-2013, 08:58:53

ShaunB-91
Quote:
Originally Posted by R0Y View Post
YeY! That's my chip! YeY!
Snap!

01-10-2013, 09:09:43

Asta
Nice piece of desire but gamers would love to know a few more stuff.
First, are there any reason to replace i5 2500K with this new cpu, imo no way?
Second, who wants to use a 100 quid cooling with the 150 quid chip for gaming? Yeahh it's fun to be tested but hey, I could have unload 250 quid for the i7+Freezer etc. at first, imo?

01-10-2013, 09:19:29

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asta View Post
Nice piece of desire but gamers would love to know a few more stuff.
First, are there any reason to replace i5 2500K with this new cpu, imo no way?
Second, who wants to use a 100 quid cooling with the 150 quid chip for gaming? Yeahh it's fun to be tested but hey, I could have unload 250 quid for the i7+Freezer etc. at first, imo?

The idea is matey for a lot of us having a quiet rig is important. Nothing artic make will ever be quiet once you clock it.....

01-10-2013, 09:47:36

Asta
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
The idea is matey for a lot of us having a quiet rig is important. Nothing artic make will ever be quiet once you clock it.....
Take the rig away from a battle station
Good point Tom. Been there with a custom watercooling system plus GTs plus fan-controller. As to AC, they offered a number of great cooling stuff in the past ie. Accelero and Freezer series, not to mention the best-for-the-money part

01-10-2013, 09:54:22

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Asta View Post
Take the rig away from a battle station
Good point Tom. Been there with a custom watercooling system plus GTs plus fan-controller. As to AC, they offered a number of great cooling stuff in the past ie. Accelero and Freezer series, not to mention the best-for-the-money part
They were cheap matey, it was like the first stop after a stock cooler.

Once you get away from not having the money to spend on a cooler any better you soon realise that decent temps and quiet performance is worth paying a bit extra for.

01-10-2013, 10:25:35

R0Y
OK, just finished watching the video. As great as always. But the best part was the "tsk tsk"

Now, I've got this chip and the Asus "Hero" (because I got it for MUCH lesser than MOST good z87 mainstream boards and I do like the features). I'm really stuck on the RAM decision though. The Corsair Vengeance PRO ones aren't available yet, however there are some pretty fast (c7, c8) 16GB 1600/1866MHz TridentX DC kits, as well as the plain vengeance c10 kits available for about almost the same price. I have not yet been able to test the chip and board bwcause of the lack of RAM. My question is... is it worth waiting for the PROs or the older vengeance ones (or TridentX) are good-enough? I do fps sp gaming but also do occasional photo/video editing among other "normal" stuff.

01-10-2013, 10:36:56

tinytomlogan
Vengeance Pro's have been available for ages.

01-10-2013, 10:39:31

R0Y
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Vengeance Pro's have been available for ages.
Not in India

01-10-2013, 13:59:35

ShaunB-91
Don't know how this will be during games but just on the desktop the i5 4670K is VERY quiet with just the stock Intel reference cooler, it's reading about 40 degrees. Really pleased with it, so we'll see how it performs in games.

Edit: Just been on BF4 with everything maxed out and the noise certainly picked up but still comfortable, wasn't ridiculously loud, I'll have to get some software to monitor temps.
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