Intel Core i7-4770K Review
Such is the breadth of applications that Intel cover, mobile, energy efficient, full-on Desktop etc, that even the i7-4770 has an array of variants. The 4765T runs at an incredible 35W, but topping out at only 3GHz we think that if you're really looking for a processor to be quick without making the electricity companies rich and the planet warm, then the 45W TDP i7-4770T should be the best balance.
But, of course, we're starting off with the range-topping i7-4770K. With a turbo up to 3.9GHz, hyperthreading, HD4600 graphics and all the latest Intel instruction sets, it should be fun to see how it compares to, and hopefully improves upon, the i7-3770K.
Of course a new socket requires a new motherboard, and the Z87 Chipset has a few important benefits over the Z77, most notably the increase to 6 xHCI USB 3.0 ports and 6 SATA6Gbp/s ports.
Finally, before we get onto the actual testing, we often hear people saying about how well their old arrangement performs and not understanding the benefits that the latest architecture can bring. So for those, here is a direct comparison of dual-core CPUs. Remember when the E8400 was the CPU of choice for the enthusiast?