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New Laptop wait for Broadwell or get Haswell when it debuts

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April 10, 2013 8:11:42 PM

Hey, thanks for reading this I want to know whether or not to wait for Broadwell another year or to get Haswell when it comes out this year. I will be using it mostly for work(student), gaming(up to Battlefield levels but able to eventually switch to PS4/Xbox 720 if deemed necessary), and watching movies. My current specs are quad core i7 at 1.73Ghz, gtx 330m, 4GB ram, 500Gb harddrive on a 1600 by 900 sony vaio f. The reasons I plan on upgrading include noise, speed, and heat(80 for cpu easily). I plan on getting retina macbook pro but if you guys really recommend against would you state what brand and the type(don't really like windows 8). Thanks for all your help in advance.

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April 10, 2013 8:25:37 PM

Too early to tell what the performance increase is going to be going from Haswell to Broadwell. The obvious answer is that if you can wait, then wait.

My speculation is that the increase in CPU performance from Ivy Bridge to Haswell is going to be about 6% assuming the same clockspeed. Intel is focusing more on power consumption than actual performance increase. I will speculate that Broadwell may boost CPU performance by about 8% - 10% from Haswell. Again, assuming the same clockspeed. I think it will be Skylake where Intel will really put more emphasis on performance.

Unless you are looking at relying solely on integrated graphics to play games, you may want to look around at current Ivy Bridge laptops with discrete graphics. I recall seeing a laptop (Asus??) with a quad core i7-3630QM and a Radeon HD 7730m on Amazon for around $700. Sellers are trying to get rid of current Ivy Bridge and Trinity based laptops before the next generation of laptops are released.

Haswell will have the Intel HD 5000 graphic core and it has been speculated to be up to 100% more powerful than the Intel HD 4000. If true, then it's performance should be roughly between a nVidia GT 625m and GT 630m. I haven't bothered searching for any info regarding Broadwell's iGPU.
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April 10, 2013 9:04:11 PM

jaguarskx said:
Too early to tell what the performance increase is going to be going from Haswell to Broadwell. The obvious answer is that if you can wait, then wait.

My speculation is that the increase in CPU performance from Ivy Bridge to Haswell is going to be about 6% assuming the same clockspeed. Intel is focusing more on power consumption than actual performance increase. I will speculate that Broadwell may boost CPU performance by about 8% - 10% from Haswell. Again, assuming the same clockspeed. I think it will be Skylake where Intel will really put more emphasis on performance.

Unless you are looking at relying solely on integrated graphics to play games, you may want to look around at current Ivy Bridge laptops with discrete graphics. I recall seeing a laptop (Asus??) with a quad core i7-3630QM and a Radeon HD 7730m on Amazon for around $700. Sellers are trying to get rid of current Ivy Bridge and Trinity based laptops before the next generation of laptops are released.

Haswell will have the Intel HD 5000 graphic core and it has been speculated to be up to 100% more powerful than the Intel HD 4000. If true, then it's performance should be roughly between a nVidia GT 625m and GT 630m. I haven't bothered searching for any info regarding Broadwell's iGPU.


Thanks for your help I will probably wait it out too long to wait for skylake and current performance is more than sufficent for the next two years with the jump allowing allowing me to wait for Broadwell then upgrade around 5 years later. I am aiming for a future proof system and you helped to realize with maxwell graphics should be taken care of and broadwell will give sufficient performance. Thanks.
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