Haswell Refresh

You may have read all kind of news about the new Haswell processors – the so called Haswell refresh – but it seems like most people have missed the Geekbench results.

Ok. Here is the first one of the Intel i5-4690 on a ASRock Z97X Killer (Windows 32-bit) and here is the first one of the Intel i7-4790 on a Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force setup as iMac14,2 (Mac OS X 10.9.2 Build 13C64).

Good news. One of the processors survived 7.2 GHz, for a short while, but the Geekbench results are skewed. Anyway. Nothing really spectacular, with a 100 MHz speed bump, but I thought that you may want to see this😉

The new Haswell processors can be used on motherboards with a LGA 1150 socket (current motherboards) but only with a UEFI BIOS upgrade to support the processor. No idea if all vendors will add support for the Haswell refresh processors, I guess so, but it doesn’t look good for unlocked (K-series) models. Seems like we need a new motherboard with X97 chipset for them. The problem is that I am still waiting for my unlocked SKU’s so I can’t tell you what to expect. And with a baby coming next week… I don’t even know if I will have the time and energy to blog about it.

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