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Review: Intel Core i7-4770R (22nm Haswell)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 6 March 2014, 15:00

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Conclusion

As an all-round solution for instances where a discrete video card cannot be used, Core i7-4770R makes sense.

An examination of the Core i7-4770R processor is illuminating because it reveals the likely direction Intel is taking with its next generation of enthusiast-class consumer desktop CPUs.

The Core i7-4770R takes most of the goodness baked into the Core i7-4770K and augments it with improved graphics by way of integration of Iris Pro 5200. Further boosting performance is 128MB of on-package eDRAM cache, acting as a super-large buffer for both the CPU and GPU.

The Iris Pro integrated graphics are at least on a par with AMD's finest featured in the new Kaveri APUs. As an all-round solution for instances where a discrete video card cannot be used, Core i7-4770R makes sense, if you can stomach the high asking price and can find it integrated into a small-form-factor system.

We feel as if the reviewed processor is Intel trying to see what works for different form factors and markets, presaging what we're likely to see later on this year with the socketed Broadwell K-series chips.

The Good

Excellent all-round performance
Much-improved graphics
Solid power consumption
Lays groundwork for Broadwell K

The Bad

Not a true desktop chip
Not available to buy

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You can't buy it, the products it comes in struggles to keep this high performance chip cool. This mostly Intel proof of concept that it can do graphics decent.
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You can't buy it, the products it comes in struggles to keep this high performance chip cool. This mostly Intel proof of concept that it can do graphics decent.

YEA! the graphics side is usually the hottest side burning with high TDPs thought the i7 r edition is slightly faster than the A10 kaveri due to the 128mb eDRam, but I am not a fan of those slow integrated graphics, I will definately go for a GTX m series if I want a faster machine on the Go. GDDR5 is everything!
Is a rather pointless review from the point of view that its not avaialable to buy.
If it was available in retail alongside suitable itx motherboards then i would be interested in it for a SFF build.
in my latest review I`ll be reviewing a cray for compute , totally kills everything intel has ever made - don't worry you cant buy one , but it`ll look fancy


really Tarinder? you cant buy this , its BGA and $358 - yet you compare it to an APU 1/2 the price I can go and get from scan right now.


`as potent as iris pro looks` - the chip has a larger die area than an AND 7870!! I don't think intel actually make money on these , they are huge , run hot and expensive - and you cannot buy them.

The Iris Pro integrated graphics are at least on a par with AMD's finest featured in the new Kaveri APUs


again pointless - you cannot buy them , yet I can go to Bolton right now and buy an A10 7850K

why give it an ` innovation` award? AMD APU`s have been around for years! the on die esram doesn't help when you ramp up the resolution - how much did intel pay for this article??
I like the performance, but comparing it to a £125 7850k, and having this thing costing probably at least double that, and only beating the 7850k by a very small margin (which will decrease with mature driver support and mantle from AMD), plus the fact it is not even available to buy, I would say it is not worth the purpose it was built for i.e. a SFF ITX HTPC type build