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

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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.
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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.

cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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
cpu2.jpg 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


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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.

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Model
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Form
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Audio
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Video
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Ethernet
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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
 

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

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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