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    Article: Early Adopter's Guide to Intel's Haswell CPUs and 8-Series Motherboards


    Haswell is here. Intel's 4th generation Core i CPUs and 8-Series LGA 1150 motherboards have been officially launched. We figured for anyone who's planning to buy into the new chipset and CPU, we'd put together a little early adopter's buyer's guide. Read on for details on what we think is the most compatible hardware for LGA 1150 based builds.

    Note: All of this hardware is bleeding edge new, and there is currently no support in OS X. Right now there is no ETA for compatibility. If you're interested in building using our well established recommendations, check out the latest CustoMac Buyer's Guide.

    CPUs

    Here's the initial lineup of 4th Generation Haswell Core i desktop CPUs for LGA 1150 motherboards. Each CPU comes with a basic Intel CPU cooler. All CPUs feature Intel HD 4600 integrated graphics, which are currently unsupported. Please note, these CPUs will NOT work with older LGA 1155 motherboards- this is a brand new socket.

    Core i7-4770K
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i7-4770
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i7-4770S
    3.1Ghz
    4 Cores / 8 Threads, Turbo
    8MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4670K
    3.4Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    Unlocked for Overclocking
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4670
    3.5Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4570
    3.3Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4570S
    2.9Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    65W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    Core i5-4430
    3.0Ghz
    4 Cores / 4 Threads, Turbo
    6MB L3 Cache
    84W Max TDP
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg


    Motherboards

    We recommend these specific Gigabyte 8-series motherboards because they don't require a DSDT, and will most likely have native power management. They also have supported audio and network controllers. Please note, these motherboards will NOT work with older Socket 1155 CPUs- this is a brand new socket.


    Model

    Form

    Audio

    Video

    Ethernet
    GA-Z87X-OC Force ATX ALC898 2xHDMI
    1xDP
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-OC ATX ALC892 2xHDMI
    1xDP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD5H ATX ALC898 2xHDMI
    DP/DVI
    Intel i217V
    Intel i210AT
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-UD3H ATX ALC898 HDMI
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87X-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI
    D-SUB
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87-HD3 ATX ALC892 DVI/HDMI
    D-SUB
    Realtek
    RTL8111F
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-H87-D3H ATX ALC892 DVI
    HDMI/VGA
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87MX-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI/VGA
    HDMI/DP
    Intel i217V Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87M-D3H mATX ALC892 DVI
    VGA/HDMI
    Realtek
    8111F-VL
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-Z87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2xHDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg
    GA-H87N-WIFI ITX ALC892 2xHDMI
    DVI
    Intel i217V
    Atheros
    Amazon US
    (CAN UK DE ES FR IT)
    Newegg

    This is a preliminary list of what's available now. For a more complete list of all available Haswell motherboards, including ASRock, ASUS, Intel, MSI, and more see this post. More 8-Series motherboards are due out soon including Thunderbolt and Mini-ITX options. Be sure to post your builds and test results- we'll be doing the same!

    Related:
    Latest Haswell LGA1150 Motherboard Info
    MacMan's Haswell Test Build: Core i7-4770K + GA-Z87X-UD3H
    Building a CustoMac: Buyer's Guide
    Last edited by adamsmasher; 12-06-2014 at 09:38 PM.

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    Well, thats cool ! But I think I'll wait for my budget and full compatibility reports after Haswell will be fully tested.

    Thanks anyway !

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    Nice, like the added audio, video and internet info. Not planning to do a Haswell build, but you never know.....

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    Article: Early Adopter's Guide to Intel's Haswell CPUs and 8-Series Motherboards


    Haswell processors' claim to fame are in the group of processors devoted to lower power devices, like laptops. The desktop processors, like the i7-4770K, according to early reviews, only have a 10% performance improvement (for certain applications). So, again, the improvement is in the lower power processors.

    However, there are improvements in the Intel Integrated Graphics - HD4600 and HD5000. But, again, we have to await what the reviewers provide us, and, of course, what Apple is supporting. I'm interested in the update to Tom's Hardware Graphics Card Hierarchy Chart which in the next iteration should have these two Integrated Graphics shown in the hierarchy.

    So, since I am a general purpose computing type of user, I'm in a wait and see mode for now. (My current systems are meeting all my expectations right now. )

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    Thanks for this great website and for your curiosity! I'm looking forward to further development!!

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    Thanks i was just looking for a new motherboard, will be looking theses ones in particular.

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    Its going to happen, new macs will have haswell so if you are looking to build a new machine you can start with lunux or windows for now then build the hackintosh later once OSX 9 Mavericks is released.

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    When you think that will be available the final "Haswell Buyers Guide"? @tonymacx86, please, could you respond? Just to know for how long I need to wait...

    P.S. Thumbs up, for providing this Early Buyer's Guide, very appreciated, and also for the new graphics!

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    Article: Early Adopter's Guide to Intel's Haswell CPUs and 8-Series Motherboards


    Quote Originally Posted by repez View Post
    When you think that will be available the final "Haswell Buyers Guide"? @tonymacx86, please, could you respond? Just to know for how long I need to wait...

    P.S. Thumbs up, for providing this Early Buyer's Guide, very appreciated, and also for the new graphics!
    You'll know about the same time as us. When tonymacx86 publishes the next Buyer's Guide, I suspect it will have the information you seek.

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    i will be getting a Gigabyte Z87M-D3H n Intel Core i5-4570

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