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The LANFest InfernaLAN Party At Intel's DuPont Campus

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A day after our Core i7-4770K coverage went live, Intel celebrated the launch of its Haswell architecture with a party put on by Intel's Hillsboro team up in DuPont, Washington. Though our editorial staff was split between recovering from a month of product introductions and preparing for Computex, we had a game enthusiast on-site to snap pictures and report.

Intel sponsors many LANFests each year, and this time around the event just so happened to coincide with the processor introduction. So, at midnight on Saturday, the attendees made their way down the hall to go hands-on with Haswell.

CyberPowerPC, Digital Storm, and Maingear all helped put on the event.

CyberPower had 10 of its Gamer Xtreme 4000s there, all with Core i7-4770Ks, GeForce GTX 770s, and Cooler Master cases.

Digital Storm chipped in 10 of its Vanquish boxes, armed with Core i5-4670Ks, GeForce GTX 650 Tis, and Corsair H60 closed-loop coolers.

Finally, Maingear contributed a Shift and a Vybe, both with Core i5s.

All of the reseller systems were running games, including Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, Tomb Raider, BioShock: Infinite, Grid 2, and Metro: Last Light.

Intel had an overclocking enthusiast on-hand to demonstrate the potential of Core i7-4770K using Cooler Master’s Seidon 120 XL closed-loop liquid cooler. His purpose wasn’t just max-load stability, like what you see in our motherboard round-ups. Rather, he was showing different aspects of the new platform’s overclocking attributes. He got the BCLK up to 137 MHz, for example. He hit a high-frequency ceiling of 5.24 GHz on all cores, and a full-load ceiling of 4.85 GHz. Switching the emphasis to graphics, a 1600 MHz engine clock managed respectable frame rates at 1080p in some mainstream titles like Call of Duty, League of Legends, and Portal 2.

There was plenty of food to eat; the cupcakes were a particularly popular hit.

The crowd was both large and diverse. Young and old were there to get their hands dirty with technology and learn more about hardware. It was truly a good opportunity for tech enthusiasts from Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia to get involved.

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    Larry Bob , June 11, 2013 3:33 AM
    There's no way Haswell would realistically hit that frequency.
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    TheMentalist , June 11, 2013 3:56 AM
    Those cupcakes look delicious
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    army_ant7 , June 11, 2013 8:33 AM
    Quote:
    Switching the emphasis to graphics, a 1600 MHz engine clock managed respectable frame rates at 1080p in some mainstream titles like Call of Duty, League of Legends, and Portal 2.
    This sentence is vague to me. What GPU was it exactly, and why use those games? I don't think I've ever heard any of those games to be particularly graphics intensive that "respectable frame rates" on 1080p is hard to achieve with them. It's not that the author mentioned anything like that, but you'd expect some new and exciting feat to be mentioned.
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    chaospower , June 11, 2013 10:04 AM
    It's about the built in gpu, the hd4600. That's why it was mainstream games that were tested and why it was impressive.
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    cheddarlump , June 11, 2013 9:20 PM
    My son and I go to InfernaLAN every 6 months. great event. This was fun...
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