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Old 06-18-2013, 01:57 PM
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Intel Haswell-generation processors were recently released earlier this month, as far as I am aware. Does anyone have any thoughts or comments, on this latest-and-greatest series of CPUs from Intel? Also is anyone using a PC that acually has a Haswell-based processor inside, and if so, have you had a good experience with it so far?

After an initial review of the new processor specs, I was actually just a lil disappointed myself, b/c it seems that the processors themselves hardly break any new ground in terms of stock-clock, non-overclocked, and non-turbo mode speeds. Sure, the high end Xeon/server chips can reach 4.0 GHz in turbo mode (and the consumer i7's can reach almost that 3.9 GHz when running in turbo mode), but the fastest normal, non-turbo mode chips are still 3.5 GHz for the i7's and 3.6 GHz for the Xeons. I mean Intel had already released an OEM, non-retail Xeon chip, the x5698, around 2010 - 2011 that always runs in turbo mode continuously at 4.4 GHz...and again, that was in 2010 - 2011!

When do you think we will actually see consumer-based CPU chips reaching or exceeding 4 GHz stock-clock speeds, while also still operating at normal-range speeds?? IMO, the consumer hardware industry has been artificially locked at (non-overclocked) CPU speeds of below 4 GHz since at least 2001...

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:08 PM
Location: New York City
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Haswell chips were designed for efficiency, not speed. An equally important attribute, in my opinion, especially if it can extend battery life.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:17 PM
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They provide better energy efficiency while providing the same I/FP processing power. That's awesome. An upcoming die-shrink will allow them to run faster.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:45 PM
Location: London, U.K.
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I think cpu's became more than fast enough for 95% of computer users when the core 2 duo range debuted. Why consumers would need more powerful processors is beyond me.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:34 PM
Location: Honolulu, Oahu
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We won't see faster clocking on the CPU's because we don't have the materials that can handle the speed/heat. This is why they started adding cores instead of doubling speed. As a bonus they found out that a processor can be more powerful with more cores sharing the load.

I learned this from an Intel Factory Tour right about the time they started coming out with Dual Core, Quad Core, etc.
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