Just a year ago Intel launched their Ivy Bridge processors and now a year later we have another platform launch from Intel. The 4th Generation Core Haswell processors are the “tock” to Intel’s “tick” and “tock” release schedule. A “tock” represents a new architecture and a “tick” represents a process refinement. So Haswell brings with it a new architecture, but is still built on the same 22nm process as Ivy Bridge. Intel has introduced a new LGA1150 socket with Haswell and a new chipset so you will not be able to throw this processor in an older motherboard, you will have to buy a new one. Today we are taking a look at the top of the line Haswell desktop chip the Core i7-4770K. Of course the “K” denotes that it is an unlocked processor. This is a quad-core processor that has a default clock speed of 3.5 GHz and a turbo frequency that goes all the way up to 3.9 GHz.
We actually went ahead and purchased a retail version of the processor so we can actually show you exactly what you would get it if you would buy the processor yourself. The processor comes in a nice retail box that has some information about the features of the processor and has an opening so you can get a sneak peak of the processor.
Opening the box up inside you will find the Core i7-4770K processor, included CPU cooler and user’s guide. The cooler itself is actually quite small and uses a center copper core with aluminum fans that surround it. A fan is on top to help dissipate the heat. There is also thermal paste pre-applied to the bottom.
For a full unboxing and quick overview of the Core i7-4770K processor check out our video below.