As you would have read everywhere else today, Haswell is an quite an improvement over Ivy Bridge in many ways, especially idle/typical power consumption, integrated graphics and performance in applications that can take advantage of the new instruction sets. So what happens when you turn all power management features off and then compare them overclocked at 4.6GHz? We run a myriad of synthetic benchmarks and real world applications to see how it all works out.
System Configuration (Windows 7 SP1)
CPU: Intel Haswell i7-4770K / Ivy Bridge i7-3770K @ 4.6GHz
Motherboard: ASUS Z87-Deluxe / ASUS Maximus V Formula
Memory: 16GB G.Skill TridentX 2400MHz 10-12-12-31 2T
Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (Catalyst 12.5 Beta 3 with 12.5 CAP 1)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS
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