Haswell CPU: The 4th generation Intel processor

UPDATE!!.

The Haswell 4th generation range of processors have now been released. Read on down the post for details of what they can do.

If you want to upgrade to the new Haswell processors then you will need a new socket 1150 motherboard for it to be compatible. Here are a list of both the processors and the motherboards so you can buy your new hardware knowing that you have full compatibility.

4th generation Haswell processors:

1150 Motherboards:

 

 

Haswell CPU: 4th generation processor in action:

 

Haswell CPU: The next tock processor

 

The last 3 or 4 years have seen a dizzying release schedule of new processes.

From the 1st generation LGA 1156 ‘i’ and xeon cards using Nehalem when Intel began using more that one core for their processors, until now, it has been a steep climb in technological breakthroughs and processor capability.

The shrinking size in nanometer architecture used to produce subsequent generations of the ‘i’ processor has seen major advances in all areas of processing.

From the 2nd generation Sandy bridge processors released in 2011 using 32 nanometer manufacturing techniques to the Ivy bridge 3rd generation processors of today that use 22 nanometer manufacturing, thing are changing fast.

With the ever decreasing size of processors transistors has come other advances in the way processors work. A good example of this is the Tri-gate technology brought in with the ivy bridge processors, which has revolutionized transistor technology. Making them 3d with 3 different surfaces for electrons to flow has meant transistors can run more effectively and very importantly more efficiently.

New LGA 1150 Socket needed.

So here we are in 2013 and anticipating the release of the new 4th generation Haswell CPU processors. The bad news for anyone thinking they can simply upgrade their processors from a Ivy bridge processor to a new Haswell CPU is that Intel have once again decided to bring out a new socket.

The socket 1155 has been by far one of the better Intel sockets in recent times, but the new Haswell CPU 4th generation processors will now be supported by the new LGA 1150 socket.

This constant switching in sockets by Intel is an unfortunate by-product of their busy activity over the last few years which has seen sockets like the 1156, 1366 come and go as processors became more advanced.

There is one good side to this new update for those with motherboards supporting the 1155 socket and that is that processors using this socket should become a lot cheaper with the release of the Haswell CPU. Meaning you can still game to a very high standard on the still great Ivy bridge processors for less money.

There will be of course a lot of you who just want to keep up with Intel’s technology and having a Haswell CPU setup is a must.

Be sure to stay tuned to this site for information on the new motherboards that will house the 1150 socket.

What does the new Haswell CPU Offer.

So lets take a look at the Haswell CPU and see what it has to offer us over the Ivy bridge processors it succeeding.

If you are a gamer who runs things on a desktop setup, which really is the majority of you, you will see an increase, according to Intel, of around 10-15% in performace. As the Haswell is sticking with the same 22 nanometer technology of the Ivy bridge processor and no benchmark tests are available yet  you have to take Intel’s word for it.

The Haswell CPU from what we can see is aimed largely at the Ultrabook market, where battery life is of high importance when on the move. Intel has targeted the Ultrabook as the main platform for its Haswell CPU due to the huge increase in sales over the last year.

The Haswell CPU also boasts better integrated HD graphics, which is perfect for casual gamer, but for those hardcore gamers who use graphics cards this is of little use.

A futher benefits to desktop user’s upgrading to the Haswell CPU will be of course power savings and less heat produced by the processor.
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Its important to note that upgrading to a socket 1150 motherboard will be essential at some point this year as it is expected that Intel will release the successor to the Haswell CPU, codenamed ‘Broadwell’ which will work with 14 nanometer architecture as opposed to 22. This should be a big step up again and as it will work with the 1150 socket, those wanting to try the Haswell CPU can be comforted with the knowledge that they can then upgrade to the Broadwell CPU’s later in the year if they feel it neccessary.

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