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Ivy bridge or Haswell? I am building my first new PC in 6 years

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September 17, 2013 8:30:10 AM

Would Haswell 1150 give me some future proofing with the chipset, or would LGA 1155 be ok to go with?
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September 17, 2013 8:54:52 AM

There is no such thing as "future proofing" a computer.
If you get the best of the best, better hardware will be released in a couple of months.
The difference between Ivy-Bridge and Haswell are not noticable, the only main thing that is different, is that the on-board GPU is a bit faster.
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September 17, 2013 8:56:05 AM

SimonGranstrom said:
There is no such thing as "future proofing" a computer.
If you get the best of the best, better hardware will be released in a couple of months.
The difference between Ivy-Bridge and Haswell are not noticable, the only main thing that is different, is that the on-board GPU is a bit faster.


Looks like I can save about 30 bucks or so going with Ivy bridge so might as well go that route :) 

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September 17, 2013 9:04:57 AM

If you can save money, get the 3570k model and spend the money saved on a decent CPU cooler then you can clock it so its faster than a stock 4670k.
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September 17, 2013 10:40:12 AM

The performance difference is somewhat small between Ivy Bridge and Haswell. On average it is 6% assuming the same clockspeed. Socket 1155 is basically dead since no new CPUs will be released. As for socket 1150, there is expected to be a refresh of the Haswell core next year. Intel was originally going to release Broadwell in 2014, but it seems they are destined to be embedded into motherboards and sold to OEMs, not consumers. Not sure what the refresh of Haswell means for performance. I would expect any performance increases to be rather small. Perhaps just 6% again, but who knows...

From an upgrade standpoint, there is no upgrade if you buy the Ivy Bridge i5-3670k except maybe to the i7-3770k, but most people do not need to use Hyper Threading. Getting a Haswell CPU will potentially give you the opportunity to upgrade to a "Haswell Refresh", but the perform gain will probably not justisfy spending more money on another socket 1150 CPU.

Skylake is expected to be released in 2015 and it is expected (or hoped) that with Skylake Intel will go back to double digit (% wise) performance increases.

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September 17, 2013 10:51:27 AM

When I went to micro center, the Haswell 4670k was $200 and the Ivy Bridge 3570k was $190. I went with the Haswell. Why not get the newest generation if there's virtually no difference in price? Then you can also get a Z87 motherboard with six SATA 3 ports!
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September 18, 2013 1:34:56 AM

md1032 said:
When I went to micro center, the Haswell 4670k was $200 and the Ivy Bridge 3570k was $190. I went with the Haswell. Why not get the newest generation if there's virtually no difference in price? Then you can also get a Z87 motherboard with six SATA 3 ports!


Yup. Its only worth getting Ivybridge now if you can get a good discount.
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